Category Archives: Developers

We’ve had a busy weekend for the SpringSense Meaning Recognition API, with three Hackathons around the world featuring v2 of the API.

First was APIDays Mediterranea‘s warm up Hackathon at Madrid@Rails, then Semantic Hack in San Francisco and AngelhackNYC in New York City.

We were proud prize sponsors for the latter two, with the Best Use of the SpringSense API Prize comprising of a $500 Amazon.com gift card and a $12,000 worth of API usage over a year — a total prize value of $12,500.

We’d like to congratulate Lance Nanek who won our Angelhack NYC prize. Lance combined Google Glass, an Android handset and the API to create a very cool app to help nurses in their role. See his demo here.

Special thanks to Mashape, our API hub for their support in getting the API into the hands of the Hackathon developers.

The API is available now on Mashape with a free usage tier.

SpringSense’s CTO Tal Rotbart will be giving a lightning talk at tonight’s Search Engine Hack Night in Melbourne. Tal will be discussing how to implement meaning-based search using Solr.

Other presentations on the night include Chris Berkhout talking about ElasticSeach, Thinking Sphinx and Flying Sphinx creator Pat Allen, discussing full-text search with Sphinx and Florian Hanke, creator of the Picky search engine, gives us “A peek into search engines / Picky: Ruby, Fast, Flexible (pick three)”.

Should be a great night for those interested in enterprise search.

Melbourne Solr/Lucene Users Group Logo

Melbourne Solr/Lucene Users Group Logo

Here at SpringSense we’ve noticed that there is a blossoming of Apache Solr/Lucene usage and development in Melbourne, but we’re missing an unofficial, relaxed gathering to allow some fruitful information and experience exchange.

We’re trying to put together a laid back meet up for developers (and other interested people) who are currently using Apache Solr (and/or Lucene) or would like to learn more about it. Aiming for it to be a high signal/noise ratio group, with meet ups probably once every two months.

The first meet up is still TBD, but please join the group if you’re keen to join us for pizza, beer, and a discussion about Solr once we figure out the date of the first meeting.

Also, please feel free to suggest quick (15 minute) presentations - whether it be a problem you’ve solved, a problem you need help solving or a general interesting experience of using Solr.

We’re keeping registrations here: http://www.meetup.com/melbourne-solr/

Feel free to pass to co-workers, colleagues who would be interested.