NordicAPIs kicked off a two-day conference in Stockholm last week, bringing together a number of members in the local API scene from startups and industry and pulling in speakers from around the globe. It was part of a longer series of events put on by two Swedish companies: Dopter and Twobo Technologies, an API consulting firm and Identity and Access Management consultant, respectively. Next up they have an APIs for Business topic planned for Internetdagarna, and they hope to hit cities like Copenhagen and Helsinki with smaller NordicAPIs events soon.
For our more casual readers, APIs basically allow a company to share its data to other developers, so that new things can be built off of it by third parties. Twitter has an API, for example, allowing developers to get access to the Twitter feed to build new Twitter apps or analytics startups, further strengthening Twitter's position in the world. Rather than covering these general topics, the conference dug deep into the whole scene, talking about testing APIs, building apps with an API backend, and covering fun topics like REST, SOAP, Hypermedia, and HTTP Headers.