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The Digital Accelerator Interview: Kevin Toms, Philips

Dec 16, 2014

Philips Hue developer program manager Kevin Toms spoke with us at I ♥ APIs 2014 after his company received a Digital Accelerator Award for top API for the Internet of Things. Toms discussed the impact his team's work on developing the Philips Hue lighting API has had on the larger organization. 

"What we have learned is now valuable to others within Philips," Toms said. “People are starting to look to us to take advice on what we have done with our API and our own developer program and use that within their own."

Despite being the source of learning for other parts of Philips interested in developing APIs, Toms said that he is constantly surprised by the amount of creativity he witnesses when in the field or at hackathons. It's that external innovation that Toms wants more exposure to.

"Rather than just providing the API, we want to become more active and proactive for developers," he said.


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