Top minds in API development and strategy, social justice in tech, and conscious coding bring a robust set of ideas to the keynote stage

 SAN FRANCISCO, September 6, 2018The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, and the OpenAPI Initiative, a Linux Foundation project created to advance API technology, today announced the full schedule for APIStrat 2018, taking place September 24-26 in Nashville, Tennessee.

The API Strategy & Practice Conference, known as APIStrat, is a conference focused on the future of the API economy. The ninth edition of the conference will bring together everyone – from the API curious to today’s leaders – to discuss opportunities and challenges in the API space. The event covers 13 different topic areas in the API economy, including microservices, API as products, API portals, API design, GraphQL and friends, API usability and, more.

Keynotes for the event include leading API voices from across the space as well as conversations that are important to the wider tech sector. Keynotes include:

  • Cristiano Betta, Senior Developer Advocate at Box, discussing A Live API
  • Virginia Eubanks, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University at Albany, SUNY discussing Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police and Punish the Poor
  • James Higginbotham, Executive API Consultant at LaunchAny discussing Lessons in Transforming the Enterprise to an API Platform
  • Kate O’Neill, author of Pixels and Place and lead at KO Insights, discussing Tech Humanism: Integration, Automation, and the Future of the Human Experience
  • Jenn Schiffer, Community Engineer at Glitch discussing Putting Your Best “Hello World” Forward
  • Steven Willmott, Senior Director and head of API Infrastructure at Red Hat discussing APIs meet Enterprise: Surfing the wave between Chaos and Innovation

Along with panels, sessions and keynotes, APIStrat hosts hands-on workshops, including:

  • Taming Your API from Sachin Agarwal, Principal Product Manager at LaunchDarkly
  • Usable APIs at Scale with Protocol Buffers and gRPCfrom Tim Burks, Staff Software Engineer at Google
  • A Tour of Mobile API Projection from Skip Hovsmith, VP of Growth at CriticalBlue
  • Practical SecDevOps for APIs from Isabelle Mauny, CTO at 42Crunch
  • Turning External Services to Internal APIs from Chris Phillips, SWAT Integration Architect at IBM
  • Secure API Development from Krishan Veer, Technical Leader and Security evangelist at Cisco DevNet

The full lineup of sessions can be viewed here. The event also offers a nursing room, complimentary childcare onsite (pre-registration is requested by September 7), a quiet room and non-binary restrooms.

Registration is discounted to $599 through September 14. Additional academic discounts are available as well; details are available on the event registration page. If you have an interest in becoming a diversity partner for this event, please email

Members of the media interested in attending can email Dan Brown at dbrown@linuxfoundation.orgto request a complimentary press pass.

APIStrat is made possible by Platinum Sponsors Red Hat and WS02; Silver Sponsor Oracle; Bronze Sponsors 42Crunch, API Fortress, Authlete, Postman, SmartBear and Stoplight; and Break Sponsor, Capital One DevExchange.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. More information here.

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The newly announced schedule for the API Strategy & Practice Conference (APIStrat) — taking place Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 in Portland, Oregon — includes keynotes, workshops, technical talks, and more focused on the API economy. Jointly hosted by the Open API Initiative and The Linux Foundation, this conference brings together developers, IT teams, business users, and executives to discuss opportunities and challenges in the API space.

The conference program includes the following keynote speakers:

  • Yina Arenas – Microsoft

  • Glenn Block – Auth0

  • Adam Duvander – Zapier

  • Sarah Novotny – Google

APIStrat aims to spark conversations between API providers and API consumers, startups and enterprise, developers, architects, and integrators. The conference session tracks and topics include:

  • Beyond REST

  • Civic

  • Design

  • Hypermedia

  • Machine Learning

  • Management

  • Microservices

  • Protocols

  • SDK & Clients

  • Security

  • Standards & Definitions

  • Success Stories

  • Testing

  • Transformation

  • Usability

View the full lineup of all APIStrat speakers and sessions.

Registration is discounted by $300 through August 31, and academic rates are also available. In addition, applications are being accepted for diversity and need-based scholarships. readers receive an additional $25 off their registration with discount code LINUXRD5. Register now!

The API Strategy & Practice Conference has become a Linux Foundation event and will be jointly produced with the Open API Initiative (OAI), a Linux Foundation project, The Linux Foundation announced today.

APIStrat2017, to be held Oct. 31 – Nov. 2 in Portland, OR,  will bring together everyone — from developers and IT teams, business users and executives to the API curious — to discuss opportunities and challenges in the API space. The event is now seeking speaking proposals from developers, industry thought leaders, and technical experts.

For the past seven years, APIStrat was organized by 3Scale, acquired by Red Hat in June 2016, which has donated the event to The Linux Foundation. This year, the eighth edition of the conference will once again provide a vendor-neutral space for discussion of the latest API topics.

“Like the Open API Initiative, (APIstrat) shares a commitment to a standard common format for API definitions, and see the transition for the event as a good fit,” said Steven Willmott, senior director and head of API Infrastructure, Red Hat.

In addition to APIStrat, The Linux Foundation hosts a variety of events that bring together the world’s leading technologists. These include Open Source Summit North America and Europe, MesosCon, ApacheCon, Apache Big Data, and many more.

“Linux Foundation events aim to bring together more than 20,000 members of the open source community this year alone,” said Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin. “We’re pleased to team with OAI members and contributors to bring an already vibrant and well-regarded event to a broader open source community.”