It has been a while since I wrote in our blog, my time was mostly consumed by the day to day development and business management. I think I did not do any significant coding this summer actually. But that does not mean we are not writing code — we have been hard at work fixing bugs and making the system faster and more stable.
One of the much requested additions to 500px is the API, which has been in development for some time now and is now complete and we are ready to open it to a limited number of developers who contacted us in the past several months.
Also, we will be participating in the upcoming Photo Hack Day in New York City on August 20-21. A bunch of amazing developers will gather for this hackathon to build the next generation of photo app awesomeness using open APIs from Foursquare, Instagram, SmugMug, Tumblr, Twitpic, YFrog and others. We will be launching our API there and you are welcome to come and write some great apps with the 500px API. And we will be giving away two iPads for the best applications written with our API. And that's not all — everybody who participates in the hackathon will receive an Awesome account upgrade (valued at $50) valid for one year.
The official 1st place winner for Photo Hack Day will have their app displayed in Times Square courtesy of NASDAQ, and will receive a cash prize. 2nd place, 3rd place, and People's Choice winners will also receive cash prizes.
I will see you in NYC next weekend.- Oleg Gutsol