Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Adds New Developer Portal
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has launched the HMH Developer Portal, a new online
interface where developers, designers and educators can access the company's
newly exposed application programming interfaces (APIs) to create new learning
applications and integrate them with HMH applications.
This is the first time the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's APIs have been
available to developers outside the company. "By exposing our APIs, our
goal is to provide greater opportunities for interoperability and ultimately an
elegant, streamlined user experience for our customers," said Brook Colangelo,
chief technology officer at HMH. "And by connecting to the HMH ecosystem,
developers can ensure that their solutions work with those that educators
already know and trust.”
The portal was created by HMH Labs, an incubator created by Houghton Mifflin
Harcourt in 2014 to foster experimentation and rapid prototyping of new
technology solutions. HMH's Identity, Assignment and Document resources are
currently available through the API, and the company will expose additional
resources throughout 2015. Developers can sign up for an account on the portal
and they will be notified as new resources become available.
To mark the launch of the developer portal, HMH is holding a 24-hour
developer challenge called Curious Codefest. The event will
encourage developers to invent solutions to help students, teachers and
parents. Suggested topics for consideration include tools for tracking
attendance and homework assignments, fostering interactive and personalized
learning or improving communication between school and home. The event will
take place on June 27-28, 2015 in Boston, MA. The winner will receive $4,000
cash, and other prizes will also be awarded to runners-up.
Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at [email protected].