Building a Real-time SMS Voting App Part 3: Scaling Node.js and CouchDB

This tutorial uses the Twilio Node.JS Module and the Twilio Rest Message API This is the third in a multi-part series of blog posts on building a real-time SMS and voice voting application using Node.js. In part one, we created the Node.js application and captured incoming votes over SMS. In part two, we created a real-time visualization of the voting using Socket.io. In this blog post,… Read More

Building a Real-time SMS Voting App Part 2: Socket.io and Highcharts.js

This is the second in a multi-part series of blog posts on building a real-time SMS voting application using Node.js. In part one, we created the Node.js application, set-up the CouchDB database and captured incoming votes over SMS with Twilio. In this blog post, we will create a chart that displays the status of the voting and update that chart in real-time using Socket.io. Now that… Read More

Shipping a Conference – CascadiaJS

Join the conversation on Hacker News! Back in July, someone named Troy Howard sent me a tweet. I didn’t know him personally, but I knew he was involved in the JavaScript community in Portland: @thoward37 had a quick question (@mikeal pointed me your way), could you shoot me an email at carter@twilio.com? — Carter M Rabasa (@CarterRabasa) July 16, 2012 I wanted to talk to Troy… Read More

Building a Real-time SMS Voting App Part 1: Node.js & CouchDB

This is the first in a multi-part series of blog posts on building a real-time SMS and voice voting application using Node.js. In part one, we will create the Node.js application, set-up the CouchDB database and connect everything to Twilio so that we can process votes via SMS. A few months ago, I was attending Startup Weekend GOV in Seattle where Twilio was a sponsor. I… Read More

DOers in Africa: Empowering People Through Mobile Technology

This past June I was fortunate enough to play host to an entrepreneur by the name of Assane Seck.  Assane is the founder and CEO of Djanoa, a cloud SMS platform that is currently in beta in Senegal.  Assane was visiting the U.S. as part of the Innovation Summit and Mentoring Partnership with Young African Leaders, a three-week professional development program sponsored by the U.S. State… Read More

Twilio Makes a Comeback in Seattle with Office Hours & Startup Weekend

This post was originally posted on the Startup Weekend blog, found here. Carter Rabasa is a Twilio Developer Evangelist based in Seattle and he’s looking forward to meeting all the local developers so say hello at carter@twilio.com. Twilio is gearing up for a big weekend in Seattle as we’re sponsoring Seattle Startup Weekend and I’m excited to spend this time with the local tech community. Twilio was… Read More

Startup Weekend Launches its GOV Initiative in Seattle

This past weekend Startup Weekend kicked-off it’s GOV initiative in Seattle.  The premise is simple: connect communities and governments to innovative and entrepreneurial people.  Startup Weekend has done such a great job of rallying these DOers over the years in order to solve persistent and pressing problems. Mayor McGinn and representatives from the City of Seattle, King County and the State of Washington were on hand this… Read More

Microsoft's Imagine Cup: Student Developers FTW

Last weekend I was lucky enough be a judge for the US Finals of Microsoft’s Imagine Cup.  The Imagine Cup is a global competition that challenges students to use technology to solve the world’s toughest problems.  I am very passionate about getting more students and young people to learn how to code, so this competition is near and dear to my heart. The Imagine Cup is considered… Read More