API the Docs 2018

Conference series about API documentation and developer portals

Paris (France)

London (UK)

How do you document an API?

And how do you build a good developer portal? What technologies do you use?
What types of information does it need?


API the Docs is a free event for tech writers, API developers, product owners and developer evangelists who embrace documentation as a crucial aspect of a great developer experience. We want to make the conference a great opportunity to share and discuss the latest best practices, strategies and new trends relevant to API documentation.

API the Docs was inspired by the Write the Docs conferences, but it is a standalone operation. Initiated by Pronovix, the events aim to allow as many people as possible to learn about API documentation. We keep event prices as low as possible (free if we can), by keeping it a community effort. The organizers, the venue hosts, the speakers and the speaker selection committee are generously supporting this with their time, knowledge and resources. We publish the recordings of the presentations afterwards, in line with our open access policy.

We organized the last API the Docs event in Amsterdam in collaboration with ABN AMRO. Participants told us that it was a fastlane for learning. Thank you everyone! We aim to hold three similar events this year, one in Paris in collaboration with Mozilla, one in North America, and one in London.



24 April, 2018

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4 December, 2017

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20 June, 2017

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     Want to share your knowledge?


The Speaker Selection Committee welcomes every story related to the following topics:



  • Editorial workflows & writing formats and how they can be used in API teams (Git based workflows, documentation formats like Markdown, ReStructuredText, AsciiDoc, Docbook, DITA, etc.)
  • Portal technologies (Static HTML pages vs CMSs, different solutions
  • API portal strategy & tactics (positioning, viral loops, personas, evangelism)
  • Top portal showcases
  • Developer portal features, components, and products (SDKs, development sandboxes, API quality signals, etc.
  • API Specification languages (Swagger, RAML, Blueprint, etc.)
  • API design and governance
  • Developer experience design, gamification, and innersourcing as tools to improve API quality behind the firewall

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