(www.gawkwire.com) – Today, the API Strategy & Practice Conference announced the first keynote speakers for its upcoming Austin event: Neha Sampat, CEO of built.io, and enterprise thought leader Dion Hinchcliffe; along with early public sponsors of the event including 3scale, Walgreens, Klout, SmartBear, Akana, Cloud Elements and AnyPresence.

The 2015 API Strategy and Practice Conference, being held November 18-20, 2015 at the Sheraton Hotel at the Capitol in Austin, is dedicated to bringing together leading speakers and practitioners in the API Industry. This sixth edition of the event will continue the conversation with talks, workshops and discussions on current challenges and opportunities in the API space.

Seventy other speakers covering diverse topics from API security, design and business models, to operations and marketing will join Sampat and Hinchcliffe. The Call for Papers closes at midnight Wednesday, September 9th, 2015. The complete program will be announced in late September.

“We’re excited to already have big names in the API space signing up to share their latest work and thinking with our audience,” says Program Chair, Mark Boyd. “Neha will share her perspective on the intersection of web, mobile and the Internet of Things, where her company, backend-as-a-service provider built.io, is helping businesses of all sizes to create a new generation of real-time, contextual products and services. And Dion will share some of his latest research on the rise of the citizen developer and the new approach API providers are taking to put data and functionality into the hands of end users who are not traditionally part of the developer community.”

API Strategy & Practice is a not-for-profit event co-organized by 3scale and API Evangelist and is dedicated to sharing, informing and learning about the rapidly growing API industry and marketplace.

The conference takes the comfort, safety and inclusiveness of everyone involved in the event very seriously. All attendees are required to adhere to a code of conduct (http://austin2015.apistrat.com/code-of-conduct/) to insure that everyone is free to enjoy the collaborative environment the conference strives to foster. Additionally, the event is vendor neutral, meaning talk topics are not product or brand-centric.

To learn more about the conference and to pre-register please visit http://apistrategyconference.com

Media that would like to attend can secure complimentary press passes by contacting apiconference@3scale.net

About API Evangelist:

API Evangelist is run by Kin Lane, a technology professional with an obsession for Application Programming Interfaces or APIs. His blog at API Evangelist chronicles API evolution and seeks to provide insights and best practice from both a technical and business perspective. He also writes at APIVoice and APIStack.

About 3scale

3scale makes it easy to open, manage, distribute, control, and monetize APIs. Powerful, secure and Web scalable, 3scale is the self-serve API Management Platform built with performance, customer control and excellent time-to-value in mind. Powering more than 600 customer APIs, 3scale enables distribution of company data, content or services to multiple devices or mobile/Web applications – and makes it easy to productize APIs. No other solution gives API providers so much power, ease and flexibility in such a cost effective way. Customers span the Fortune 500, government, academia and startups including Coldwell Banker, Johnson Controls, SITA, Crunchbase, UC Berkeley and others. 3scale also powers APItools for API users and APIs.io, the first open source API search engine. For more information, visit www.3scale.net.

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