I'm happy to announce that I'll be speaking at the Business of APIs Conference in New York City on Monday, 16 November, 2009. We've been steadily investing in our public API over the past few months with the Search API being the most recent addition to our portfolio. I'm going to be telling the "Active Story", starting from the origins of our company and how we grew through acquisitions. The prime directive of active.com was to become the world's most comprehensive directory for things to do, and in order to accomplish this we needed to ingest data produced by the products we'd acquired in order to make them discoverable on the site. An internal initiative, then, drove us to consider interoperable APIs as a means to facilitate integration between systems we owned, and at that APIs that could be accessed across data centers. As a by product of this initiative we found that external developers were interested in our data, hence the birth of developer.active.com.
Anyway, it's an interesting story, and if you're NYC and want to hear the details, sign up for the Business of APIs Conference and come on down to Sunwest Studios.
Update: It looks like the conference is already sold out. But there will be a recorded copy of my presentation on their website in the days following.