Last year I’ve been organising the Barcelona instalment of APIdays, where I’ve touched every aspect; from CFP evaluation, venue selection, catering as well as speakers’ travel and accommodations.
I’ve spoken at 40 events over the last three years. I was rejected — a lot — a whole lot, and in some cases I really did not understand why. Now that I have been on the other side of the event, I have a better understanding of how things work behind the scenes.
APIdays Barcelona had 41 speakers from multiple countries and backgrounds. We received 184 CFPs.
If we remove 20% from the total number because of duplicates and people filling the form with invalid data — that still leaves 148 CFPs to consider. …
It is no longer a mystery, APIs are eating the world. There are a lot of companies today that are offering their APIs as the primary medium to interact with a system, with the User Interface merely as a byproduct, or, in any case, not the primary product being sold. Companies such as Stripe and Twilio led the vanguard of this movement in 2012.
Given this shift (which, by the way, is still happening), APIs have started to get more and more complicated, and so the API development process needed to evolve as well. …