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Walgreens API: Live from the API Strategy Conference

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 16:55 - Drew Schweinfurth

The first-ever API Strategy Conference took place in New York City on Thursday February 21 and Friday February 22.

This event was attended by leading API technologists, strategists, technology providers, as well as others who are just starting the API journey

If you were not able to attend the event in-person, don't worry, included below is the presentation that our product manager, Joe Rago, gave at the event.

Join Walgreens at the Sprint Hackathon

Wed, 10/10/2012 - 06:23 - Drew Schweinfurth


Join Walgreens, Facebook, Samsung, Evernote and more 

at the Sprint Developer Program Hackathon!

Sprint Open Solutions Conference

When: October 23-24, 2012

Where: San Jose Convention Center - 150 W. San Carlos St - San Jose, CA 95113

Cost: $20

How: Register at

Learn More: Win Big With the Walgreens QuickPrints SDK at the Sprint Hackathon!


[About the event:]

Join the Sprint Developer Program and WIP on Tuesday, October 23 in San Jose for the official hackathon of the Sprint Open Solutions Conference. Sprint wants to see your best apps, and has stacks of cash and devices for prizes -- and the top app will get special recognition during Thursday evening's keynote from Sprint CEO Dan Hesse.

You'll get a chance to meet and get direct support from the Sprint Developer Program, as well as a host of great API and developer tool providers. All attendees will also get a code to register for FREE for the Sprint Open Solutions Conference ($350 value) when they attend the hackathon (these codes will be distributed onsite)!

Whatever your platform of choice or your area of expertise, you're welcome to join the fun (and if you don't have a team, we'll help you find one). 


[Walgreens & the Sprint Hackathon]

Walgreens will be featuring its QuickPrints SDK for iOS and Android at the Sprint Hackathon for developer attendees to utilize within their application hacks.  

Walgreens will feature multiple representatives on-hand at the event to discuss the QuickPrints SDK and Partner Program.  If you want to reach us at the event, feel free to send a tweet to @WalgreensAPI or email us at

Walgreens is excited to be a part of this event and look forward to seeing you there! The event is free to attend, and you can register at


Walgreens Developer Program Sponsors Health 2.0 Chicago Conference

Tue, 09/25/2012 - 16:32 - Drew Schweinfurth


The Walgreens Developer Program is pleased be the flagship sponsor for the first-ever Health 2.0 Chicago conference which will occur on Friday September 28 and Saturday 29.

Event Overview:

Chicago Health Tech and Health 2.0 is hosting the very first Health 2.0 Local conference focused on fostering the growth of the health tech ecosystem in Chicago and the greater Midwest.  Health 2.0 is bringing together the entrepreneurial and innovator community with the goal of sharing lessons learned and identifying opportunities for growth and innovation.  Health 2.0 believes that connecting health technology stakeholders, such as entrepreneurs, startups, providers, payers, investors and government policy makers in a vibrant environment for sharing are integral for this growth.

Event Times:

Fri, Sept 28, Day 1 - Main Conference at Spertus:  8:30 am – 6:00 pm / After Party at 1871 in Merchandise Mart : 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Sat, Sept 29, Day 2 - Code-a-thons/Make-a-thons and Innovator Fuse at 1871 in Merchandise Mart : 8:30am – 5:30 pm

Who should attend?

  ·        Anyone who wants the pulse on health technology in Chicago and the greater Midwest.

  ·        Entrepreneurs in health technology

  ·        Established healthcare stakeholders interested in collaborating with startups

  ·        Healthcare professionals with entrepreneurial interests

  ·        Technology innovators looking for opportunities in health and healthcare

  ·        Investors

To learn more information about this great event, please visit  If you'd like to register for Health 2.0 event, you can do so at  You can also follow the event on Twitter via #H20Chi.


Walgreens Mobile Photo Hack Day Promotes Developer Innovation

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 16:28 - Drew Schweinfurth


30 developers attend Walgreens event to integrate QuickPrints technology into prototype photo applications in under 5 hours

Hack day highlights company’s continued efforts to foster mobile innovation through relationships with third-party developer community

DEERFIELD, IL – Aug. 13, 2012 – This past Saturday, Walgreens hosted its first Mobile Photo Hack Day at its downtown Chicago office. The event gave developers the opportunity to meet, collaborate and showcase their creative implementations of the QuickPrints SDK in their applications.

The successful, single-day hackathon attracted a total of 30 developers making up 14 photo hack application demonstrations. Developer demos were judged based upon the unique features and functionality of the application and the completed integration of the QuickPrints SDK, which was determined by the photo print output created at the on-site photo lab.

The applications were reviewed by a panel of judges that included: Scott Regan (head of marketing, Apigee), Ari Fuchs (lead API engineer & developer evangelist, Aviary), Brett Goldstein (commissioner, Chicago Department of Innovation & Technology), Kevin McGinnis (VP of product platforms, Sprint), Terry Howerton (founder, TechNexus) and Jasbir Patel (senior director and general merchandise manager for photo, Walgreens).

“I would like to thank all the talented programmers who found very creative ways to use QuickPrints SDK in third party apps,” said Abhi Dhar, Walgreens chief technical officer for e-commerce. “Although ‘appathons’ are more common in places like Silicon Valley, it was our goal to bring the concept to Chicago and take advantage of the city’s burgeoning tech industry and its growing pool of talented programmers.”

The winner of both the Judges’ and People’s Choice Awards was Smilesback, developed by the husband-wife team of Mr. Bhabani Sahu and Mrs. Prachi Sahoo. Smilesback (watch their app demo video) reminds people about important dates such as anniversaries, birthdays and others occasions that are perfect for personalized, last-minute photo gifts.

“We wanted to build something that helps people and can make a difference in their daily lives,” Bhabani Sahu said. “QuickPrints is about convenience and speed and that really fits with our goals for the Smilesback app.”

The Smilesback team won a total of $5,000 in cash prizes along with a 6-month mentoring and residency program through event partner TechNexus, a Chicago-based technology incubator and collaboration center.

In July, Walgreens extended its innovation in mobile technology with its developer portal that allows third-party software developers to integrate the Walgreens QuickPrints software development kit (SDK), which allows iOS and Android mobile users to print photos directly from their smartphone to most Walgreens stores nationwide in about an hour. The launch of the QuickPrints SDK marked the first time that Walgreens has provided an open interface for third-party application developers to integrate Walgreens in-store services.

The Walgreens QuickPrints SDK, already implemented within seven partner applications, allows third party developers to integrate a print service within their existing mobile application and earn a revenue share from photo orders printed and picked up at a local Walgreens location. More information about the QuickPrints SDK program and its partners can be found on the Walgreens Developer Portal and through a dedicated Twitter handle @WalgreensAPI.

About Walgreens

As the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2011 sales of $72 billion, Walgreens ( vision is to become America’s first choice for health and daily living. Each day, Walgreens provides nearly 6 million customers the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice in communities across America. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along with respiratory services. These services improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. The company operates 7,919 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Take Care Health Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that is the largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health and wellness centers and in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 700 locations throughout the country.