Internal API Evangelism - Demo Fridays07 Oct 2011
At Mimeo we have demo Fridays where anyone can demo what they’re working on. For demo Fridays I tend to build prototypes showing different ways to integrate with the Mimeo Document Printing APIs. As my schedule has gotten busier this fall, with more developer support, and attending hackathons and conferences, I don’t always have time to polish a prototype for Friday demos.
So this Fridays demo I started showcasing some of the ideas I’m brainstorming with other developers, and the potential ways they might use our APIs. Here are the four I demoed today:
- Cabana - Very sexy, GUI mobile application development environment I saw demo at BAPI. I want to understand more about how they will integrate APIs into the mobile building environment.
- Breezy - Breezy launched their mobile printing network last month, allowing you to print to Fedex Office, local print shops, coffee shops and hotels from your mobile device. I am brainstorming how to print common business documents using Mimeo and have delivered next day using Breezy.
- PicPlum - Let’s you email or upload photos into a queue and when ready add contacts and have photos printed and delivered to your family and friends.
- Chute - A centrally located backup, syncing and photo sharing platform. Its currently in beta, but I got a look at the back-end, and its a very powerful photo management and distribution platform.
Not all of these projects I demoed are guaranteed to go anywhere. Some of the photo products at Mimeo, still need APIs exposed before I can offer some of the more specialized photo printing services. However showing the types of projects developers are engaging me on, creates more awareness within the company about what developers want, and opens up the floor for comments and valuable feedback.
Internal API evangelism is an ever increasing part of my API evangelist role. Making everyone at Mimeo aware of what I am doing with our APIs, as well as what other types of platforms and APIs are available, all contributes to more awareness and engagement across the company.