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September 24 - 26, 2018
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Orgs and Their APIs [clear filter]
Tuesday, September 25


eBay Speaks API - Tanya Vlahovic, eBay
Designing APIs that will meet business objectives, attract developers, and be long-lived is a technical challenge. Typically, API teams have a vision of building a simple, secure, consistent, and well-documented API portfolio. Achieving consistency across the APIs and maintaining high quality requires a strict dedication to governance. Well established process that is objective, transparent, and manageable is crucial. Standards define what is constant across APIs; what the good citizen API is. Agreeing on what needs to be done is challenging. Making sure engineers are following the process is not an easy thing to do. This presentation outlines difficulties we faced at eBay and approaches we took to achieve consistency across our new modern RESTful APIs, all in order to deliver capabilities developers want to use.

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Tanya Vlahovic

Software Architect, eBay
Tanya Vlahovic is a senior software architect at eBay Inc.She is leading the public API Governance team and the overall public API decomposition and namespace definition. Tanya is an active contributor to eBay’s technical standards and patterns for both internal and external web... Read More →

Tuesday September 25, 2018 10:50am - 11:10am
Davidson Ballroom A 2/3
  • Skill Level Any


Mature APIs are Investing in Event-Driven Architecture – Kin Lane
Simple web APIs are where every company, organization, institution, and government agency should begin their API journey. However, APIs that are enjoying more traction with their consumers are beginning to evolve in how they deliver their API infrastructure using a more event-driven approach. Building on a successful API management strategy, these more mature API providers are adding webhooks, streaming, and publish and subscribe models on top of their existing request and response approach to delivering APIs using the web. Let's take a moment to learn from the API rockstars like Stripe, Slack, and Twilio, as well as the growing number of API pioneers who are investing heavily in their event-driven infrastructure in 2018.

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Kin Lane

API Evangelist, API Evangelist
I am the @APIEvangelist paying attention to the technology, business, and politics of APIs.

Tuesday September 25, 2018 11:50am - 12:10pm
Davidson Ballroom A 2/3
  • Skill Level Any


Rebooting API's at Scale - Rahul Dighe, PayPal & Jayadeba Jena, PayPal
PayPal operates in 200+ countries. The complexity of region specific requirements and a disjointed offering led to a situation where PayPal Checkout API product suite got polluted with many overlapping capabilities and an API documentation that was hard to comprehend, incomplete and inconsistent making the integration experience much harder than it needed to be.

There was a strong desire to act upon the feedback that we have been hearing from our merchants and developer community to make a turn for the better.

This talk aims to explore
> When is the right time for organization to rethink their API and launch a new version.
> Considerations that go into creating a new version of an API that is so central to the way thousands of developers and merchants integrate with PayPal.
> Explore challenges in design, adoption, migration both internally and externally within the organization.

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Rahul Dighe

Senior Product Manager, PayPal
Rahul Dighe is a Senior Product Manager at PayPal and manages PayPal’s Checkout APIs that powers PayPal payments the world over. He has over a decade long experience managing and launching products across various verticals (media, marketplaces and payments). His recent experience... Read More →
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Jayadeba Jena

Head of APIs, PayPal
Jayadeba Jena is the the Head of APIs at PayPal. He leads PayPal 's API Platform across protocol stacks and manages the design of all of PayPal’s API product portfolio. In his current role, he also manages PayPal’s API design standards, API product strategy and mentors several... Read More →

Tuesday September 25, 2018 12:20pm - 12:40pm
Davidson Ballroom A 2/3
Wednesday, September 26


A Gardener's Approach to Growing an API Culture - Matthew Reinbold, Capital One
Why do some things, like microservices, flourish while others (hypermedia?) die on the vine? How do you take a team, process, or technology that is working well in one place and, successfully, have it take root in another? Is a company's culture like the weather - unpredictable, capable of wiping out one's best intentions on a whim?

Reaping what one sows is possible, but only with the right preparation. In this talk, Matthew will share the tools and techniques he used to build an API-centric culture at multiple Fortune 500 companies. He will also share best practices harvested from writing his weekly email newsletter, REST API Notes. Attendees will leave with an almanac for creating positive API change within their own organizations.


Matthew Reinbold

Director, Platform Services Center of Excellence, Capital One
Matthew is the Director of the Capital One Platform Services Center of Excellence. This role includes increasing business agility through thoughtful design execution. That includes governance of API design and event driven architecture development processes with a side of IT culture... Read More →

Wednesday September 26, 2018 11:10am - 11:30am
Davidson Ballroom A 2/3