Lightning Developer Challenge: Build an App for the White House

We had the honor of hosting Aneesh Chopra today, the CTO of the United States, as he announced the White House’s latest initiatives around accelerating under-privileged youth in technology. Chopra spoke of a soon-to-be-released youth job database focused on technology opportunities. The database will be built off the existing JobPosting schema developed for Veterans job database. It wouldn’t be an event at Twilio if things didn’t get… Read More

Twilio and Rails 3: Tracking SMS Conversations

Alex Meyer is a developer and a DOer. While building a Twilio Powered app on Rails 3, he ran into a problem but quickly developed the solution. Below is a detailed post by Alex on tracking SMS conversations built with Twilio on Rails 3.  He is the founder of stealth startup Ordext, an SMS restaurant ordering service, that is built on Ruby on Rails and powered by Twilio…. Read More

Welcome 2012 with a Rube Goldberg Nixie Light Hack

The holidays came and went, and luckily we had time to code over the break which made for amazing entries in this previous challenge. Developers were asked to build a digital Rube Goldberg Machine, mashing multiple APIs to perform a simple task. Lance Fisher took the prize with his Nixie Light Rube Goldberg Machine but we were so impressed by the entries that we’re showing off… Read More

Calling Communications Entrepreneurs for StartupCamp 5

Twilio is excited to be sponsoring StartupCamp Comm the second year in a row, where entrepreneurs in communications technologies pitch their products and services to an eager crowd of investors, industry leaders, developers, and media. They are looking for startup applicants now. StartupCamp, collocated with ITEXPO, is being held February 2nd in Miami. After your pitch, find Twilio’s Director of Marketing Danielle Morrill speaking on the Post PSTN Telco Cloud panel at… Read More

Startup Bus Europe Launches YoBro and Invoi Powered by Twilio

There’s seriously nothing more fun than going on a road trip with 26 developers, especially when it crosses the European continent on its way to Le Web. We are big fans of Startup Bus ever since our ride to SXSW and this time around was as awesome as ever. Stevie Graham, our London-based evangelist, joined this group of developers, designers and entrepreneurs on the latest Startup… Read More

Dwolla Offers "A Dollar for Your Thoughts"

The next time someone offers you a penny for your brilliant musings, feel free to turn them down. Dwolla, a social-payments company based in Iowa, believes your ideas are worth at least a dollar and is willing to pay up. Their Twilio-powered site,, is out to change the world—one dollar at time. Simply log in through Facebook or send an SMS to 515-650-4583. Building Dollar Thoughts… Read More

Secretly Find the Right Size with

In the midst of the Zappos Holiday Hack-a-Thon, developer Erik Dungan built an app to anonymously find out the correct size of your gift recipient using Twilio SMS notifications. Erik posted on Hacker News for feedback, quickly shot to the top of list and received thousands of visitors over the first weekend. A Zappos Shoe Collection Gives Inspiration In under a week, Erik thought out his… Read More

JustRemindIt Voice and SMS Reminders Get Sought After Upgrades

We highlighted JustRemindIt in early 2011 with the launch of the JustRemindIt iPhone  app, and we’re always excited see our customers grow their user base and expand their products. This month developer Aditya Kothadiya released a major update to the iPhone app along with some other great upgrades. JustRemindIt provides an automatic and easy way to send Voice and SMS reminders to your friends, colleagues, clients… Read More

Make Your Own Music Hotline in PHP or Python

Hot off the heels of the Callin’ Oates soulful emergency music hotline, developers started creating their own music hotlines powered by Twilio. Local Phoenix band Bears of Manitou developed their own hotline with new songs at 1-866-25-BEARS. One of our Developer Evangelists, Rob Spectre, ported Callin’ Oates over to Python, though along the way Hall and Oates got a little more punk rock at 676-606-2607. See Rob’s… Read More