DOer of the Month: Charlton Roberts of Order Mapper

Charlton Roberts, lead developer at Order Mapper served up some great applications for a good cause alongside Order Mapper CEO, Jim Bricker. Charlton was instrumental in creating Need Mapper, a service that helped connect Hurricane Sandy victims in need with volunteers. We spoke to Charlton about how he’s using Twilio, and what’s in the works for Order Mapper. When did you first start using Twilio? About… Read More

BuildingLink Reaches Residents During Hurricane Sandy With Twilio SMS

On Sunday October 28th, Mayor Bloomberg issued an evacuation of all Manhattan residents in Zone A. Jerry Kesterbaum, founder of building management web platform, BuildingLink, had just a few hours to send out SMS evacuation notifications to all residents in all 130  BuildingLink properties. He had to scale– and fast. BuildingLink helps streamline communication between residents, building managers, and building owners. For example, if a tenant… Read More

Connecting Twilio SMS to Google Spreadsheet

TwilioSheet is a little utility that makes it easy for developers to receive SMS messages in a Google Spreadsheet. I write a lot of simple little SMS applications, but they can be daunting at times. I often wonder if the idea is worth the time it takes to write the code to store, process, and act on the incoming messages. Why not use something a little… Read More

Sketchnotes at TwilioCon 2012: Steve Blank on Building a Great Company

Alexis Finch takes notes differently than most: she sketches her way through presentations and interprets it visually on paper. Last year she shared two great Sketchnotes from TwilioCon 2011 talks including Oren Jacobs of Pixar and Adrian McDermott of Zendesk. Lucky for us, Alexis attended TwilioCon 2012 and captured keynote speaker Steve Blank in a rad new Sketchnote. Steve Blank is the author of The Startup… Read More

The Knight In Need of A Kivik: A Twilio Intern’s IKEA Hack

This is a guest post by Matt Auerbach, a Twilio intern alumni, detailing his IKEA hack. Matt is a junior at Boston University studying Computer Science. Check out Matt’s blog, and find him on GitHub. Once upon a not-too-distant time ago, I was an apprentice Developer Evangelist on Island Twilio, located in NYC. This apprenticeship came to an end, as all good things do, and I… Read More

60 Second Scoop Provides Critical Information in Emergencies with Twilio Voice

When Hurricane Issac hit New Orleans the last thing that residents were worrying about was 3G connections, broadband, or internet access. They were fighting to find basic needs like food, water, ice and medical aid. The City of New Orleans kept a running Twitter feed, updating residents where they could go for help, but only few residents could access Twitter. Civic minded friends, Oliver Blank and… Read More

Female Hackers Represent Well At First espnW Hackathon

About a week ago, ESPN held their first public hackathon, and over 100 female developers and designers packed the Stanford design school to attend. HackespnW brought together female hackers and college athletes to create apps combining sports and tech. Organized by espnW, the event brought together leading API platforms to offer their resources to coders. The Winners A trio of female CMU grad students took home… Read More

Art, Data and Building Trees from Texts: Tracing The Roots of (x)Tree

When you think of text messaging, art isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But, where some see texts, others see art. Agnes Chavez is a multi disciplinary artist making SMS in to much more than just text, with the help of creative coder and sound designer, Alessandro Saccoia. Agnes is a graduate of the California College of Arts working on her latest project, (x)Tree, an… Read More

Increase App Downloads with Mobile App Distribution Powered by Twilio

You built a beautiful and engaging mobile app, now how do you get people to use it? More importantly, how do you get people to share it with their friends? Sylvain Gauchet, Co-Founder of the app marketing powerhouse Apptamin, explores why mobile app distribution is valuable and provides a great tutorial on how you can build this for your app. Sylvain founded Apptamin to help developers… Read More