Unconference Day

This will be the first conference, where we dedicate a full day to informal exchange of information and ideas between attendees. 
What to expect and what to do on this day?

»» propose a discussion topic by pinning it to the whiteboard (eg. work-related challenge, a research that you're doing, a topic that interests you; all within the scope of API documentation, developer portals or DX)
»» join any of the discussions you find interesting; there'll be 3 parallel discussions in each time slot
»» don't expect slides - unconference sessions are for in-depth discussions, mutual problem solving, and networking
»» share, learn and enjoy 

Code of Conduct

API The Docs Amsterdam follows the ground rules of the Write The Docs community: be friendly, be respectful, be careful in the words that you choose. If you need to report any issue for a reason, please contact info@apithedocs.org. All reports will be kept confidential.

Save the new date: 10-11 October

19.06.2019
We're thrilled to announce that for the first time API The Docs will be a 2-day event in Amsterdam! Day 1 will be the traditional single schedule presentation day and Day 2 will be an open space unconference. CFP is still open - submit the work you're doing so the community can also learn from it!

Speaker Selection Committee is formed!

27.05.2019
We're thrilled to share that Abi Sutherland, Laura Vass, Daniel Beck, Adam DuVander, and Michael Meng confirmed to select talks for API The Docs Amsterdam! They'll review the submissions in mid-July.

Do you know a great devportal?

20.05.2019
Nomination for DevPortal Awards is open! The Awards team is awaiting submissions in 11 categories until June 30. Winners will be announced at the Awards Gala, right after API The Docs Amsterdam!

Speakers

Sejal Parikh profile image
Salesforce
An Inside Look at a Large-scale Writer-driven REST API Doc Solution
Kelsey Lambert profile image
Salesforce
An Inside Look at a Large-scale Writer-driven REST API Doc Solution
Anthony Roux
Amadeus IT
What Makes an API Product Successful?
Jaap Brasser
Rubrik
Advancing Your API Strategy in an Infrastructure World
Maria Garcia Luengo
Amadeus IT
Bulletproofing Your APIs: Why Users’ Feedback Matters
Alexandra Stramarko profile img
Atradius
Business Integration Made Easy with APIs
Mark Simpson
Griffiths Waite
Business Integration Made Easy with APIs
Lorna Jane Mitchell
Nexmo
GitHub as a Landing Page
Phil Sturgeon
Stoplight
API Descriptions as Production Code
Alvaro Navarro
Amadeus IT
Effective API Governance: Lessons Learnt
Steph Shin
Shopify
How to embed UX thinking in your next API
Aaron Verber
Marqeta
Leaping Forward: Finding The Future of Your API Docs
Sven Strack
Pronovix
Engineer stunning (API) documentation

Sponsors

Agenda

08:30-09:00 Registration & welcome coffee
Grab your badge and drink a coffee.
09:00-09:30 Welcome by Kristof Van Tomme & Koen Adolfs
09:30-10:00 Lorna Jane Mitchell: GitHub as a Landing Page
You can write the best, most structured documentation in the world - and your users will still arrive by some other route. This session focuses on the GitHub repos that your documentation references, and how to prepare for these to be the entry point for someone.
10:00-10:30 Aaron Verber: Leaping Forward: Finding The Future of Your API Docs
Learn how to scale beyond old choices and find the next big thing for your API documentation. This talk will use the past, present, and future of Marqeta’s docs to provide a framework for growing and evolving your own.
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-11:30 Sven Strack: Engineer Stunning (API) documentation
Many of us have heard about Docs As Code. Applying the same tooling and delivery CI/CD (Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery) pipelines as developers to improve the quality of (API) documentation sounds nifty. We’ll take a look at the philosophy, best practices and how to get started.
11:30-12:00 Jaap Brasser: Advancing Your API Strategy in an Infrastructure World
You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink. This is an accurate summary of what my initial journey of evangelizing API usage was like. In this talk I will take the audience through our journey, what worked, what didn’t work and what we learned along the way.
12:00-12:30 Anthony Roux: What Makes an API Product Successful?
In the jungle of public APIs, how do you build a product that will outplay the other ones? In today’s world having an easy to use API is not enough. Your competitors provide SDKs, interactive documentations, gamification, demos & tutorials. I will give your all the tips to have a rocking API product.
12:30-13:30 Lunch break
Lunch is served at CIRCL's canteen.
13:30-14:00 Maria Garcia: Bulletproofing Your APIs: Why Users’ Feedback Matters
The uncomfortable truth about DX: everyone talks about it, and yet only a few get it right. What about you? We know testing and feedback collection can be hard, but we’re here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way: from bug hunting challenges to hackathons, we’ve got a few ideas to share.
14:00-14:30 Mark Simpson, Alexandra Stramarko: Business Integration Made Easy with APIs
Integration is often seen as a technical burden rather than an opportunity to drive commercial relationships with customers. Get the proposition right through channel agnostic API-first documentation and you will attract business stakeholders as well as developers for sustained digital partnerships.
14:30-15:00 Coffee break
15:00-15:30 Kelsey Lambert, Sejal Parikh: An Inside Look at a Large-scale Writer-driven REST API Doc Solution at Salesforce
23 different REST APIs, 26+ teams, 150+ writers — how we built a unified solution. In this session, hear the inside story of how a handful of writers developed a REST API doc solution and earned the trust of executives and engineering teams across Salesforce along the way.
15:30-16:00 Alvaro Navarro: Effective API Governance: Lessons Learnt
Have you ever wondered how big companies deal with large amount of APIs? How do they keep consistency among the catalogue? Either if you are already running an internal API governance or you are thinking about start a new one, this talk will share our do’s and don’ts with the rest of the community.
16:00-16:30 Coffee break
16:30-17:00 Phil Sturgeon: API Descriptions as Production Code
API Description Documents (a.k.a “specifications”) can be used for all sorts of time and money saving things. Stop worrying about “keeping specs in sync with code” and use your specs as production code, speeding up development and reducing mismatch bugs.
17:00-17:30 Steph Shin: How to Embed UX Thinking in Your Next API
At the heart of scalable and intuitive APIs is great user experience, but the UX of an API is rarely considered. Learn how to integrate UX strategies to create improved API experiences using real life examples and lessons learned from upgrading Shopify’s own API.
17:30-18:00 Wrap-up & Thank you
09:00-09:30 Session proposal & welcome coffee
Find the board and post a topic that you'd like to discuss with your peers.
09:30-09:45 Welcome by Kristof Van Tomme & Koen Adolfs
General introduction to the world of unconferences.
09:50-10:30 Sessions
Parallel discussions in Room 0 and Room 9.
10:40-11:20 Sessions
Parallel discussions in Room 0 and Room 9.
11:30-12:10 Sessions
Parallel discussions in Room 0 and Room 9.
12:10-13:00 Lunch break
Lunch is served at CIRCL's canteen.
13:00-13:40 Sessions
Parallel discussions in Room 0 and Room 9.
13:50-14:30 Sessions
Parallel discussions in Room 0 and Room 9.
14:40-15:20 Sessions
Parallel discussions in Room 0 and Room 9.
15:20-15:40 Coffee break
15:40-16:40 DevPortal Awards Gala
Winners of DevPortal Awards will be announced and applauded.

Venue

Gustav Mahlerplein 1B 1082 MS Amsterdam

Organisers

in collaboration with the Write the Docs Amsterdam meetup group

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