Today we announced a brand new TwiML verb to the Twilio family: meet <Queue>. In celebration of this newly launched verb, we’re kicking off a special extended developer contest to get your creative developer juices flowing. In exchange for rad prizes and the street cred to say you nabbed the top honors for the first ever Queue contest.
<Queue> provides developers with a simple way to manage and route inbound calls, while tracking callers and hold time. Do a lot more with a lot less code.
Get Started with <Queue>
Build a simple call-waiting app, or expand to dynamic conference center capabilities – Queue’s got you taken care of. Bridge calls, provide callers with hold information, “whisper” key info to callers or call recipients, customize call flows and more. Get familiar with the resources for Queue:
- Read the Queue documentation
- Walk through the Queue How To in XML, PHP and Python
- Watch the Quickstart Screencast
- Utilize the Twilio Queue Hack Pack For Python, on GitHub
- Build your own realtime Queue Dashboard
- See the difference the new Queue feature makes in the amount of code you have to write
Now that you know what you’re working with, let’s get to the hacking and prizes.
Your mission is simple: build the most interesting app using the newest Twilio primitive <Queue> If you need some ideas to get the ball rolling, here are a few:
- Geotagged Wait Music App: Calling from California? How about listening to “California Girls” by the Beach Boys while you wait.
- The Rivalry App: Have Red Sox and Yanks fans call in and faceoff.
- “You’re On The Air” App: A call-in hour style app that allows radio shows to work through callers quickly and efficiently.
- Voice Chatroulette: Call into a public queue and chat with whoever about whatever.
In addition to the developer glory of building the most awesome of Queue apps, we’ve got some great prizes up for grabs:
- First Prize: Google Nexus Q [when released this fall] + Full conference pass to TwilioCon 2012 plus skip the afterparty queue with VIP access.
- Second Runner Up: An autographed copy of I,Q by John De Lancie (The Star Trek!) with certification of authenticity, plus Full conference pass to TwilioCon 2012 plus skip the afterparty queue with VIP access.
- Runner Up: Full conference pass to TwilioCon 2012 plus skip the afterparty queue with VIP access.