Open APIs

First Hackathon produces winning APIs

Arrive 9 am Saturday morning. Form a team by 10 am and start designing and coding. Apart from eating, drinking, arcade games, a visit to the party bus, and maybe a nap on the floor, don’t stop coding until 1 pm on Sunday. Sit shoulder to shoulder (literally) with 150 other hackers just like you. Present the pitch for your app in 3 minutes or less to a panel of 10 judges.  Answer questions for 2 minutes. Wait for results and hope you have won some of the prizes.  In short that was what the TM Forum’s first Hackathon was like. Serious creative energy and smarts, many great ideas, and lots of learning about TM Forum APIs defined the event.

TM Forum partnered with hackathon specialist AngelHack to present this hackathon in San Francisco October 19th and 20th. The event was a joint session where AngelHack was holding a general mobile apps event and TM Forum was holding an event about using our 3 new REST APIs for product catalogs, product ordering and trouble ticketing. Attendees of the hackathon could participate in one or both competitions.

TM Forum sponsors of the event, Cisco, Ericsson and SunTec all had staff on hand to help the developers with the APIs as well as to learn about how hackathons can help advance our industry and their companies going forward.  Accenture was our 4th sponsor. Their support enabled us to have $6,000 in cash prizes which proved to be very motivating to the teams!

Several teams came to the event specifically to use the TM Forum APIs. But we also had the opportunity to work with developers who knew nothing about TM Forum or our APIs and in fact were not sure how a catalog, ordering or trouble ticketing API could help them. After group and one-on-one education sessions about what we had, and the teams telling us what they were trying to do (our education!), we ended up with 10 of the 24 teams at the event using the APIs as part of their projects.  Many of those uses were things that we didn’t think of or consider when we created the APIs and in fact may influence us to change the name of at least one of the APIs.

The teams created apps ranging from ecommerce to BYOD to office-in-a-box to content/communications mashups and even management of inmates needs the department of justice It was a serious challenge for the judges to pick winners, and after much deliberation, here are the results:

Overall winner of Innovation and best use of TM Forum APIs: The Trading Post,

Real-time, peer-to-peer, trading of physical and virtual goods.

This team created an app that allows users to make trades with people – so they can offer their goods up for trade and look for items that they would like to trade for, and all with no money changing hands.  This group used the Product Catalog API to show their listings, the Product Order to handle the exchange and the Ticketing API to share offer status.

  • Ryan Leckey
  • Erich Healy
  • Taylor Stackpole

Winner of the Best use of Trouble Ticketing API: Private Company Information (PC 411)

Inexpensive and simple operational support systems (OSS) integration remains a major goal of major telecom companies.  This group’s app was a BYOD solution that used all 3 TM Forum APIs.

  • Rashi King Abranbon
  • Rauhmel Fox

Winner of best use of Product Offering API:  DailyMotion-Orange Mashup,

This project showed out to integrate a digital service provider with a communication service provider using TM Forum APIs using an entertainment example.

  • Olivier Etienne
  • Julien Terrier
  • Vincent Boulaye
  • Laurent Souchet
  • Subash Mandanpu
  • Akshay Jain

 Winner of best use of Product Catalog API: Office Box

This team created an app where users could order everything they need to set up a new office in one stop.  Items to order include furniture, communication services, computers and more . They used the product catalog API to get information from Catalogs and create the catalog for the end users.

  • Bharadwaj Parthasarathy
  • Imran Ahmed Sheikh
  • Stepan Gershuni

Some of the hackathon winners will be on hand at Digital Disruption to talk about and demonstrate their solutions and their use of the TM Forum APIs.  If you are attending the event, please come to the TM Forum zone to meet them.

We had a  great experience at our first hackathon.  Going forward we will be looking at doing events in other locations and on other topics.  If this is an area you are interested in, we would love to hear from you. Please contact us at [email protected],


    About The Author

    Catalyst Evangelist

    Tony Poulos is TM Fourm's Catalyst Evangelist. He freelances for several industry publications and is video anchor and a columnist for Telecom Asia. Tony is a regular speaker and moderator at conferences worldwide and has worked as a contributing analyst for IDC.

    Leave A Reply

    Back to top