EyeEm Reveals First Photo Hack Day And Releases API

By David Knight |

Double news from photo sharing and discovery app EyeEm – it has released its API to third party developers at the same time as announcing the first Berlin Photo Hack Day in partnership with iStockphoto. The API release will allow developers to integrate the technology behind the app’s picture discovery architecture into their own products.

A wide range of the current capabilities of EyeEm will be opened up through the API, such as acquiring user photos, albums, favourites, likes and comments, as well as topics and photo tags by city, country, venue and event.

These features and more will be made available to those attending the Photo Hack Day, which will see developers working through the night before presenting the fruits of their labour to a panel of judges the next day in the hopes of winning some exclusive prizes.

As we’re in Berlin, the event will of course be held at an awesome loft space in the heart of the city, and is being organized along with media partners including Silicon Allee and TechBerlin.

Ramzi Rizk, CTO and co-founder of EyeEm, said: “We have an incredible base of creative and developer talent here in Berlin, and we are inviting everyone to join photo hack day as a platform to build cool stuff together.”

And Dittmar Frohmann, managing director of microstock photography provider iStockPhoto Europe, said: “Today, photography is more than ever open to everybody. As an ever-changing medium it’s driven by innovation, experimentation and people who push its boundaries.”

EyeEm has become one of Berlin’s tech success stories since launching for iOS and Android in August last year. It describes itself as an innovative method for discovering smartphone photography as well as for personal photo sharing on social networks and blogging platforms. The 12 built-in filters offer instant picture editing in real time to photos that can be automatically tagged based on user location and activity.

Its latest update to version 2.0 at the end of 2011 introduced new user profiles and streamlined discovery options.