TwilioCon Speakers Discuss The Future of Communications, and It’s Personal

This year’s TwilioCon focuses on building the future of communications. We’re bringing together the developers and DOers who are busy creating this future to discuss what communications will look like down the road. To help map this out, we asked our  TwilioCon speakers “What is the future of communications?”

One speaker predicts that in the future, we’ll be texting robots more than our friends. The other hopes the future of communications will spark a return to more social interaction. Find out what speakers from Code For America,  General Machines,, and Kalzemeus Software had to say below. Register today for TwilioCon 2012, taking place October 16 – 18 in San Francisco at the SF Design Concourse.

Michelle Lee (Code For America Fellow, Philadelphia)
Personal enough to be potent in the now, but powerful enough to tap all your stored communication of the past.

Find Michelle at TwilioCon discussing how to leverage communications on the panel Digital Democracy: Engaging Citizens One SMS at a Time.


Kunal Batra (Founder of General Machines)
We are trying to make the future with General Machines. We want the deaf to speak to the hearing, those with speech impediments speak to anybody else. Also, let people who speak different languages communicate with each other with no barriers or 3rd party relay operators.

Kunal will share his story about building Deaftel in his session Building a Twilio-Powered Tool for the Deaf.

Ricky Robinett (Senior Software Engineer & API Product Leader at
I see the future of communications being about reconnecting people on a personal level. I think the internet has put a layer between people and that people will start looking to use communication technology to reconnect.

Ricky will share his secrets to making fun, viral apps in his talk Hustling for Hackers: Building Your Personal Brand & Making Your Apps Go Viral

Patrick McKenzie (Founder and CEO of Kalzemeus Software)
An increasingly interconnected world, mediated by applications, where human-to-human communication events are outnumbered 10 to 1 by meaningful human-to-machine events and 10,000 to 1 by machine-to-machine events.

Learn how to monetize your Twilio apps in Patrick’s talk Selling Your Twilio-powered Products to Businesses.