Etsy API Handmade Code Contest: Update #2 – Judging is happening!

Posted by on September 21, 2010

Note: This is an update to the original post from September 15th which is listed below.

We are very happy to announce that Tarikh Korula, founder of Uncommon Projects is joining our final judging panel for our API Handmade Code Contest.  Uncommon Projects, our neighbor here in Brooklyn, is a hardware and software design studio that specializes in developing the technology behind innovative, tangible and whimsical ideas.  And speaking of tangible and whimsical ideas, there are loads of them for the contest in the 300+ comments on our blog post.  Be sure to check them out if you’re looking for inspiration.

What if you could help independent entrepreneurs make a living doing what they love? Or provide a passionate community of shoppers with an iPad application or gift registry tool they’ll love?

This is your chance to build an application for the passionate Etsy community using the Etsy API , and be handsomely rewarded for your creativity and effort! Etsy is sponsoring its first-ever Etsy API Handmade Code Contest, from Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 9 a.m. ET through Friday, October 15, 2010 at 11:59:59 p.m. ET.

Your ideas have the potential to reach the more than 5 million Etsy members who, in August alone, listed over 2 million items and purchased more than 1.4 million of those, generating more than $25 million in sales for the community.  We’ve added lots of new features to our API, such as  OAuth and read/write methods for listings and shops, and we want you to give the shiny new bits a whirl.

For the contest, we’re looking for applications in three broad categories:

Buyer Tools: These are applications that leverage the Etsy API’s search and taxonomy features to help connect buyers with items.  They can provide functionality based around finding Etsy listings, such as gift registries or wish lists.

Seller Tools: These are applications that use the new OAuth-protected methods in Etsy’s API to help members manage their shops.  These applications might help sellers upload new listings, renew about-to-expire listings, chart their sales and more.

Mobile: These are applications that bring Etsy to mobile phones and hand-held devices.

You may enter more than once, however, each individual application can only be entered in one category. (For instance, an iPhone application that uploads listings can be entered in Mobile or Seller Tools, but not both.)  Try to choose the category where your application shows the most creativity and original thinking.  The official contest rules and entry form are available from the links below:

Contest Rules * Contest Entry Form

To enter you must first obtain an Etsy API key, and then you may want to join the Google group to get help and advice from the Etsy API team and your fellow developers.  You can also get ideas from Etsy’s current members about their dream apps (check out the comments below the post).  When you’re ready, simply create a new and fully-functional application using the exciting new features in Etsy’s API v2, and submit it via the Contest Entry Form referenced above.

Entries will be screened for compliance with the Etsy API Terms of Use and all Etsy company policies. Applicable contest entries will then be evaluated on the following criteria:

  1. Innovation and creativity – 25%,
  2. Ease of use – 25%,
  3. Usefulness for existing and new members – 25%,
  4. Applicability to the category – 15%, and
  5. Handmade ethos – 10%

On or about October 29, 2010, grand prizes of $5,000 will be announced in each category.  Five additional $500 “honorable hack” awards will also be awarded at the judges’ discretion.

The contest is open to residents of the United States, Australia, Canada (except Québec), Germany and the United Kingdom who are  at least 18 years of age as of September 15, 2010.

Remember Etsy API Handmade Code Contest only runs through October 15, 2010 so don’t miss your chance at fame and fortune!

For those about to code, we salute you!

Posted by on September 21, 2010
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This is awesome! I can’t wait to see everybody’s entries!

i see on this comment thread:

a lot of people interested in batch editing – is this something that etsy is already working on? seems silly to do double work, but i’ll give it a shot 🙂

Very exciting, better get working on some code 🙂

Just heard about this. Awesome news!

I think the deadline of Oct 15th is too early though (one month doesn’t seem enough for developers new to Etsy platform). I suggest Etsy extend the deadline to November or December. Thanks!

your bad. you would’ve gotten a kick as thing from Sweden…

Nice contest. It would be perfect if people from other countries could participate as well, e.g. from Austria. Maybe you could add another category with no money prize but the fame only?

p.s.: the black background makes this blog very difficult to read. Just sayin’

Italy is excluded? ;( I’m very sorry!

Why only United States, Australia, Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom ? Does Etsy has only customers on these countries?

    We have members from more than 200 countries, provinces and territories around the globe , unfortunately each one (and sometimes even every US state!) has its own set of tricky contest laws. We just can accommodate all these different requirements.

For mobile apps, do you want it available for purchase on that date?

Just concerned because its something that’s not exactly in my hands.

    The app should just be finished and working, but does not have to be approved for sale. If it’s an iPhone app, you should submit something we can run in the iPhone SDK, or the equivalent for other mobile platforms.

I wish for a simple way to list a gift certificate with a nice black and white design for the customer to print out.
I wish that the customer could search by our real names and spell out our business name with spaces in the search.

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This contest is not permitted for people residing in India.
Am I correct???

    That is correct. You are of course welcome to submit an idea but will not be eligible to win a prize. Unfortunately, each country has its own set of very specific laws and we can’t accommodate them all.

Do we submit an application with the sandbox keys? or with production keys? if production keys, how long does the process take to get them?

Hi Everyone, it’s totally fine to submit an application with sandbox API keys, as long as the application is fully-functional otherwise. Production keys usually take 1-2 days to grant. Thanks!

Devraj: mobile apps do not need to be available for sale in the iTunes store (or other marketplaces) but we would appreciate a binary that we can run in an emulator.

I don’t think one month was a reasonable time frame for this. My experience is that it isn’t possible to create a well tested, attractively designed application in less than a month, unless the scope is very limited.

It seems the entries will be a mixture of projects that have been the works for months, and projects that were started intended as a competition entry. A later deadline, or earlier announcement, would have put these two types of entries on more equal footing.

I agree with Julian, for the most part – I wonder more if this was as much a kick-in-the-butt to developers who have already been working with the V2 API to wrap up their projects to release as well as a call for innovation. I didn’t learn about the contest till 2 weeks ago and while I would love to have finished both apps that I’m already developing with the API I decided to focus on the smaller one that I knew could reasonably hit the deadline.

I hope you (Etsy) host this contest again – maybe make it an annual contest so we can prepare up to a year for it with a reminder announcement in advance.

Excited to see all the other entries. I’ve got final debugging to do on mine tonight!