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Shippo at the DeveloperWeek Hackathon

By: Shan Lian | February 23, 2016

Over Valentine’s weekend, Shippo sponsored our first hackathon ever – organized by DeveloperWeek, a whole 7-days of developer talks and events across San Francisco.

Shippo at DevWeek Hackathon
 

We challenged teams to use our newest Tracking API to create a better shipment tracking visualization and alert app. The tracking API lets you pull shipment tracking statuses from all major carriers through one system.

Here are some of the great apps built in just 36 hours.

TrackMonkey 

TrackMonkey lets your enter a shipment tracking number, and get SMS notifications whenever the shipment status is updated. It was the winner of the Shippo hackathon challenge!

The app was created by Byron Sha, Daniel Eager, Hank Fanchiu, Johnny Reis, and Mack Siu – a team of recent graduates from App Academy. They were able to build the application by hooking up the Shippo Tracking API with the Google Maps API and Twilio API.

You can use TrackMonkey right now to get your tracking status updates via SMS.

TrackMonkey screenshot

If Shippo Then That

If Shippo Then That is an app that lets you connect shipment tracking updates with different notifiers through IFTTT. For instance, you can set up email notifications or texts whenever a shipment status changes. It was built by Adolfo Schneider, Tais Bellini, and Thom Morais – our virtual hackathon team in Brazil.

You can start with this guide to build your own recipes.

If Shippo Then That 

Shippobot

This simple Slackbot can pull up the full tracking history of a shipment if you just give it the carrier you’re shipping with and the tracking number. Built by Alex Miller, bot enthusiast and Founder of TexTurner, the human translation bot for Slack.

Check out how he built it on Github.

Shippobot screenshot

ZenTracker

True zen is when you can get your shipment updates from virtually anywhere. ZenTracker is an all-in-one shipment tracking app that works as a web page, Chrome extension, Slackbot, and SMS notifier.

Created by Philip Reasa, Sritam patnaik, Jing Rong, and Celso Endo – you can see how they built it on Github.

ZenTracker screenshots
 

We had a great time meeting and talking with people who built on top of Shippo’s technology. We can’t wait to be at more hackathons in the near future. Stay tuned for our behind-the-scene wrap up!


Shippo is a multi-carrier API and web app that helps retailers, marketplaces and platforms connect to a global network of carriers. Businesses use Shippo to get real-time rates, print labels, automate international paperwork, track packages and facilitate returns. Shippo provides the tools to help businesses succeed through shipping.

Shan Lian

Product Marketing at Shippo

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