Conferences & Workshops | October 26–28
Virtual Expo | October 27–28
Online Hackathon | October 18–28


October 26–28, 2021 | ALL-VIRTUAL

Join thousands of global technical leaders, engineers, software architects, and executives at the world’s largest and longest-running API & microservices event – in its 10th year!


The Definitive API Industry Conference

API World 2021 is the world’s largest vendor-neutral API conference and expo, organizing the API Economy. API World is dedicated to the mission to be independent and facilitate connections, knowledge, trust and business within the developer community of API providers and consumers.


The World’s Largest Microservices Conference

Microservices World inside API World will get you 100% up-to-date on the best practices in Microservices, the rapidly expanding architecture for enabling faster development and robust software design.


Join developers across
the globe

Come build new Big Data & IoT solutions at the API World 2021 Hackathon: Including special prizes for teams utilizing APIs and IoT technologies.


API World Conference Tracks

API Strategy / Enterprise Modernization

APIs are no longer a nice to have, they are the life-blood of the modern organization. However, implementing APIs in your company is no small task – for enterprises it means understanding the best practices for legacy modernization (especially at a time when analysts are talking about macro and mini services on top of microservices). It also means building out a comprehensive API strategy and understanding the hidden costs, challenges, and cultural shifts that come with becoming an API first company.


API Design / Architecture

With a majority of APIs failing or needing to be refactored/ versioned within their first couple of years, proper API Design and Architecture is critical to ensuring your API not only meets your users needs, but is efficient enough to scale affordably to meet their increasing demands. This means going far beyond CRUD and resource implementation and in-depth into proper API design as well as understanding performance requirements and framework tuning.


API Security

APIs not only offer your consumers access to your application’s services and data, but if not properly secured through multiple layers provides a backdoor into your entire network. That has quickly made API vulnerabilities one of hackers favorite targets – endangering your customers, and subjecting your company to a series of potential fines and legal costs. This is why it is so important to understand not only the basics of API security, but the layers of API security ranging from client authentication and authorization, to DDoS and malicious input detection and prevention, to network firewalls and container security.


API Scalability / Management

The two biggest challenges APIs face is having no one using them, and having everyone using them. How do you manage hundreds of thousands to millions of users, how do you ensure unique access tokens and keys, or know what endpoints are actually being used – and by whom? Beyond just managing the users, how do you predict spikes and dips within usage to allow you to scale up and down intelligently, and what type of infrastructure do you need to support dynamic scaling to prevent downtime and self-healing within your infrastructure?


API Testing / Usability (DX)

If your customers can’t use your API, they’ll use your competitors. This means that your API has to be usable and reliable. Testing is a significant key to your API’s success, going beyond unit tests into load and performance testing. It also means having easy to read, accessible documentation, code samples, getting started guides, and developer support. That’s why it’s so important to implement numerous different types of testing at scale, and build out a successful developer ecosystem complete with data analysis and user testing to ensure your consumers are successful.


Internet Of Things APIs

This track covers both designing APIs for IoT as well as IoT APIs you can integrate into your application. From security and sensors to location APIs and hardware APIs, the web and the real world are not easily integrated, and Internet of Things APIs make up the glue of the IoT world.


API Case Studies, Success Stories

API World is the world’s largest vendor-neutral API conference and expo, organizing the API Economy. API World is dedicated to the mission to be independent and facilitate connections, knowledge, trust and business within the developer community of API providers and consumers.


Blockchain APIs

Developing with blockchain is difficult, time-consuming, and not very interoperable with other web services. Innovators have produced blockchain APIs for allowing developers to deploy, interact with, and integrate blockchain technologies into their applications. This track covers a new wave of blockchain APIs you utilize in your web application.


Emerging APIs

API World is the world’s largest vendor-neutral API conference and expo, organizing the API Economy. API World is dedicated to the mission to be independent and facilitate connections, knowledge, trust and business within the developer community of API providers and consumers.


Integration Management

The more a company’s IT moves into the cloud, the more API services can be integrated into the company’s overall technology stack. Learn the best practices on API integration management, for the new API-driven company.


Microservices: Service Mesh, Containers, Kubernetes

High scale implementers of microservices—especially those using container-based deployments on Kubernetes—are recognizing the need for dynamic routing, cross-system security policy management, as well as metric collection for message traceability and system observability. These capabilities are the focus of the new class of service mesh solutions that combine service discovery, service proxies and control plane management. The sessions in this track will explore these topics in detail, along with popular open source technologies such as Envoy proxy, Istio and Linkerd. The track will also explore emerging protocols such as gRPC, Apache Kafka, and GraphQL and the role they are playing in the expanding microservice communication ecosystem.


Microservices Design & Architecture

The success of a microservice implementation ultimately comes down to its ability to adapt to change, change that comes at varying speeds in different parts of the overall system. In order to have a resilient system, design thinking is needed at all levels, and especially when designing the APIs that are the coupling mechanism for components in the system. The sessions in this track will explore the methods leading organizations are using to define context maps for their microservice systems, effective boundaries between different domains in the system, and the details of the APIs used for communication between microservices in the system.


2021 Events overview

October 26, 2021

API World Workshop Day

AI DevWorld Workshop Day

October 27, 2021

Expo Open

Expo & OPEN TALK Challenge

Opening Keynote

October 28, 2021


Expo Open

Expo & OPEN TALK Challenge


Closing Keynote

API World Hackathon Winners Announced & Challenge Winners

API World 2021: Where API Economy Meets

API technologies empower developers & engineers to build upon the backbone of the multi-trillion-dollar market for API-driven products and services. Today’s cloud-based software and hardware increasingly runs on an open ecosystem of API-centric architecture, leading to the explosion of growth in the API Economy.

API World puts the API Product Lifecycle on center stage. We cover topics across the industry, including: API Design/Architecture, API Strategy/Enterprise Modernization, API Scalability/Management, Service Mesh, Containers, Kubernetes, Microservices Design/Architecture, API Testing/Usability, API Security IoT APIs, Marketing APIs, APIs and IaaS, Data and Machine Learning, Blockchain APIs, OpenAPI, Swagger, GraphQL, REST, and many more.

Do you provide private APIs to your internal organization or public APIs to third party developers? The API World Conference can help you optimize these relationships.

Learn how to design, monetize, strategize and market, and scale RESTful APIs to billions of calls. Also, learn how to discover, consume, and manage APIs in a secure environment.

Event workshops will teach you to become a better programmer with APIs including panels and fireside chats with outstanding speakers, tons of developers to exchange knowledge, and close interaction with disrupting API companies.

Who are you?

API Providers
API World 2021 is more than just the preeminent venue for connecting to developers and buyers. You can connect to thousands of API consumers as well as hundreds of tech companies interested in API Innovation.

API Users
Stop going to generic business software conferences. Smart companies plug into technology products via API. Learn about your options across data-as-a-service, infrastructure-as-a-service, communications API’s, and dozens more.

Join the likes of these great companies

Moodys Analytics / Hootsuite / Yelp / Expedia / Realtor.com / State of California / Dolby / Charles Schwab / Zappos / Walmart Labs / Visa Inc. / GoDaddy / NVIDIA / Macys / CareerBuilder / Silicon Valley Bank / RingCentral / Verizon / Salesforce / Accenture / HP / BNY MELLON / KPMG / Cisco Systems / Juniper Networks / Salesforce / Kohls / SAP / PayPal / Apple / Orange / Bofa / AT&T / Capital One / Wipro / CenturyLink Technology Solutions / Dell / PG&E / Samsung Electronics / eBay / Smith Barney / Google / Bosch / Nielsen / Intel / Lenovo / Ames Research / Microsoft / EMC / Merrill Lynch / VMware / Fujitsu / Laboratories of America / Arbonne International / GE / SoftBank U.S. Inc. / Seagate / Panasonic / Intuit / Groupon / Yahoo / Toyota / ThoughWorks / Bank of America / Wells Fargo / LoyaltyOne / BMW North America / Marriott / Ticketmaster / Warner Bros. / Nestle USA / Alaska Airlines / Adobe / Chevron / Alcatel-Lucent / Nissan / US Department of Transportation / LG Electronics Inc. / Facebook / Barnes and Noble / Qualcomm

2021 Keynotes

Richard Bird

Chief Customer Information Officer
Ping Identity

Alex Butcher

Development Lead, API Testing
IBM API Connect

Mark Campbell

Sr. Dir of Product Marketing
Noname Security

Peter Kreslins

CTO, Co-Founder

Clint Myers

Vice President, Architecture / CTO – Account Processing

Eric Newcomer


Swetha Sridharan

Sr. Product Manager
IBM API Connect

Boris Vernoff

Chief Data Architect – API Data Governance