What Are Bag Phones and What Is The Future of Communications? TwilioCon Speakers Weigh In (Part 2)

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?”

In one speaker’s ideal hack friendly future, developers will have access to open source satellites. In another speaker’s dad’s ideal future, we’re going back to bag phones (whatever those are). Read on to find out what speakers from Dwolla, Zaarly, Ninja Blocks, and the Brooklyn Museum had to say. Register today for TwilioCon 2012, taking place October 16 – 18 in San Francisco at the SF Design Concourse.


Michael Schonfeld (Developer Evangelist at Dwolla)
“A more integrated, and encompassing method of communication. That said, I firmly believe that the future of comm will be primarily text-based correspondence.”

Michael Schonfeld is preaching the gospel of payment simplicity. He wants to take multi-step payment systems and boil them down to one text, one click, or one call. He’ll discuss how communications and payment systems are driven by mobile adoption, and how Dwolla’s API fits into that future.


Bo Fishback (CEO of Zaarly)
“Most likely we’ll see a throwback to bag phones and pagers… at least that’s what my dad is hoping for.”

While I’m skeptical of toaster-oven sized phones rebounding in popularity, if there’s a market for that, Bo Fishback would know. Bo will talk at TwilioCon about expanding a hyper-localized marketplace like Zaarly, empowering buyers and sellers, what works, and what doesn’t.


Pete Moore (Founder of Ninja Blocks)
“I want a video phone watch that is actually useful!”

If there’s anyone who could put together a video phone watch that’s on par with Inspector Gadget’s gear, it’s Pete Moore. Pete breaks down “the internet of things,” teaching hackers to build on top of anything and everything with the Ninja API at TwilioCon.


David Huerta (Developer at Brooklyn Museum)
“Open source hacker satellites bringing the telegraph back into style, but with crypto.”

You can reach massive audiences with access to a open source satellites. For now, we’ll stick to shortcodes. At TwilioCon, David Huerta explores how shortcodes can be leveraged to communicate with an audience en masse, integrated into your app, and shipped.