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7 Steps for Running an Internal Hackathon to Drive Innovation

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By: Sonya Hansen on February 25, 2015 at 10:17 AM

Most developers have participated in a hackathon at one time or another. Whether through an online community like ChallengePost or a collegiate event like Hacktech, hackathons are a great way to expand technical skill and build awesome apps. At AlchemyAPI, we’re seeing companies like Waggener Edstrom and Fidelity Labs embrace the opportunity to spark innovation among their engineering teams by hosting internal hackathons.

Recently, we were able to join the team at Fidelity Labs in very snowy Boston for an artificial intelligence-focused hackathon. App developers and programmers came together from multiple departments to collaboratively problem solve and produce prototypes that address the needs of Fidelity and its customers.

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Topics: Hackathons, How-To

Pulsar: A Smarter Social Media Monitoring Platform

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By: Melissa Altese on February 24, 2015 at 2:30 PM

With more than 500 million new Tweets each day and more than one billion active Facebook users worldwide, it's safe to say that #socialmedia permeates our world. And, because so many consumers turn to social media platforms to voice their opinions, lodge complaints and express their feelings, it is more important than ever for businesses to have a social media monitoring strategy.

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Easy and Effective Twitter Sentiment Analysis

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By: Zach Walchuk on February 19, 2015 at 9:19 AM

Twitter sentiment analysis is a widely discussed tool for measuring consumer mood and emotional responses to specific companies and brands (trending: #sentimentanalysis).   

Unfortunately, getting started with sentiment analysis is often a daunting task. Many of the methods for determining sentiment are complicated or costly to implement, and they often fail to provide accurate and consistent measures.  

Sound familiar?

If you are one of the many struggling with the these challenges, AlchemyAPI is excited to help you utilize our advanced sentiment analysis tools with a complete application recipe, including all the code and instructions necessary to get you started right away! {sentiment:postive; confidence:100%}

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Topics: Sentiment Analysis, How-To, Twitter

Here to Help: Introducing Developer Evangelist Zach Walchuk

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By: Zach Walchuk on February 16, 2015 at 12:15 PM

Getting started with programming has never been easier than it is today. The quantity and quality of documentation, support, online classes, development environments, and user-friendly languages is staggering, and most of these resources are available at absolutely no cost!  Despite this abundance of resources, it always saddens me to see how scary and frustrating it can be for a person learning to code. The possibilities are practically limitless, but navigating the options quickly becomes overwhelming.

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Topics: AlchemyAPI

Experimentation, Agility, & Long-Term Success: Lean Startup Training

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By: Mackenzie Sedlak on February 11, 2015 at 2:15 PM

Our Hands-On Experience with Lean Startup Training 

Like many of you, we’re always looking for ways to innovate. Whether it’s acting on feedback from our customers or testing the response times of our products, we are ‘all hands on deck’ when it comes to pushing boundaries. Recently, our entire team took part in Lean Startup Training, a program coined as “The Course Every Entrepreneur Should Take” by Forbes magazine. Zach Nies (@zachnies), Chief Technologist at Rally Software, graciously provided two days of his time to instill the spirit of innovation further into our company culture.

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Topics: AlchemyAPI, Natural Language Processing

That's a Wrap! Our Top 5 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2014

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By: Mackenzie Sedlak on February 9, 2015 at 3:30 PM

At AlchemyAPI, we love to share news, tips and trends to help Alchemists build smarter, faster and more valuable applications. Over the past year, we’ve been able to share information on how app developers are using deep learning tools to better understand all of the data flowing into their businesses. From unveiling the truth behind training NLP algorithms to sharing real-world use cases of artificial intelligence, The Alchemist Blog is your one-stop-shop for ideas and inspiration surrounding big data analytics.

Which posts caught your eye in 2014? Here's a list, in order, of our top five most popular blog posts from the past year. What are you looking forward to hearing about in 2015? Give your content recommendations in this 3-minute survey.

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Topics: AlchemyAPI, Deep Learning & Machine Learning, User Stories

My Take On APIs and The Dev Community

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By: Elliot Turner on February 5, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Businesses win by making their capabilities available at a price, right? History shows that this approach is how some enterprises succeed, but it also reveals many more companies that fail trying to solve every challenge they come across. Today, many companies face obstacles that are important to their success, but not the core purpose or expertise of their business. And I believe, it is developers that are changing how businesses succeed in today’s real-time, data-driven world.

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Topics: Big Data Analysis

Introducing The New Alchemist Blog

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By: Mackenzie Sedlak on February 3, 2015 at 12:21 PM

The start of a new year is the perfect time to follow through on some new resolutions. We know you’re busy creating and following through on your own data resolutions, and we’ve been working on some of our own to make your AlchemyAPI experience even better. With a strong finish in Q4 of 2014, we’re upping the ante for 2015. Between ramping up for a new product release (get the latest here), redesigning our newsletter and hiring additional members to our team, even more exciting changes are on the way...

Introducing, “The Alchemist Blog.” Our readers utilize our blog to stay informed on industry trends, read about AlchemyAPI news and acquire knowledge to create smart data applications. Now, our subscribers can do just that on a newly revamped interface. We are here to share a few highlights you can expect to see!

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Topics: AlchemyAPI

How the Web Gets In the Way of Training NLP Algorithms

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By: Mackenzie Sedlak on January 28, 2015 at 10:17 AM

The Truth About Natural Language Processing: Myth 4

Up to this point, our “Dispelling Common NLP Myths” series has covered several topics from human annotation to freemium services to customization. In this post, we will debunk the final myth, which involves teaching NLP algorithms using the Web.

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Topics: Natural Language Processing

Product Roundup - A Complete List of Q4 2014 Updates

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By: Aaron Chavez on January 16, 2015 at 10:28 AM

At AlchemyAPI, we iterate often and release new features on a regular basis. We’re constantly taking feedback, testing and striving to improve the ease with which you can effectively gather, process and analyze your unstructured data.

Below are several updates that we made at the end of 2014 that you may have missed during the holiday hustle and bustle. As with all of our product roundup updates, these are available to you now through our web services.

Sentiment Analysis API - 3 New Languages Added
Learning How Global Customers Feel Just Got Easier

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Topics: AlchemyAPI, New Features

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