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  • By Ingrid Chang
    The Gifanator Saves The World One GIF At A Time With Twilio SMS The Gifanator

    As a new coder, Joanne Daudier, embraced the challenges of building an app. Her idea for her first app was just a simple joke within her circle of friends– until Joanne took it seriously and built Gifanator, an app that allows you to send GIFs to friends.

    Joanne’s app allows users to send and receive GIFs via Twilio SMS. They can choose a specific GIF, select from different categories of GIFs based on an emotion, or click the random button and see what they get.

    Let’s say you wanted an awesome “Deal With It” GIF to share with your friends. Just text “deal with it” to Gifanator’s Twilio-powered number, and you’ll receive GIF link.

    Since Joanne started building applications, she has made a food tracking app and the Gifanator, which is her first Ruby app using the Twilio API. We talked to Joanne about learning how ...

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  • By Ingrid Chang
    From Analog to APIs: WESA and WYEP Power Membership Drives with Twilio logo

    RussWho knew that donations could be so expensive? Pittsburgh NPR affiliate radio stations WESA and WYEP, wanted to launch a call-based membership drive but quickly hit a roadblock. Their old analog phones were outdated and too expensive to use for a large scale membership drive.

    WESA and WYEP used Twilio to power the campaign, and quickly built a new way to reach out to listeners via SMS. We talked to Russ Loyd (pictured above),  the Director of Technology for WYEP, WESA about their successful membership drive, bringing music and news to Pittsburgh and what’s next for the station.

    1. What type of channel is WYEP and WESA and when was the station founded?

    WYEP is the leading independent media organization in Pittsburgh building community around compelling music and information content and sustained through public support.  WYEP has been broadcasting on the FM dial (91.3) since 1974.

    WESA is ...

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  • By Ingrid Chang
    TwilioCon 2013 Announces New Speakers, Early Bird Tickets TwilioCon New Speakers

    TwilioCon is the conference for software people – the developers, decision makers and entrepreneurs who are building the future of communication technologies.

    We’re excited to announce five innovative speakers from various industries who will be speaking at TwilioCon. Stay tuned to the blog for more speaker announcements and news.

    Join us at this year’s TwilioCon, September 17th through 19th in San Francisco to learn what the Twilio community is building, the innovative technologies behind it, and the trends driving the next generation of communication. Don’t miss the Early Bird ticket sale ending August 1st!

    Meet The Speakers

    Adam VargaAdam Varga is a lead engineer at Datalot working on IVR and call centers. When he is not coding, he is hiking the Appalachian Trail, exploring Brooklyn, and talking gibberish to his 1 year old. In the past, Adam has taught the NYC subway history to kids, made art for planetariums ...

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  • By Ingrid Chang
    Entrepreneurs Set Sail With Startup Pirates and Twilio Startup Pirates

    Living the pirate life isn’t always easy, but entrepreneurs can set sail to pursue their projects with a little help from their friends. We’re happy to partner with Startup Pirates to offer entrepreneurs the resources they need to get their business, app or project off the ground.

    Partnering With Startup Pirates

    Startup Pirates is one week program full of workshops, mentorship sessions and co-working opportunities to help DOers make the most of their ideas. Pirates are everywhere. The workshops take place during the summer in Milan, Italy, Lima, Peru, and Curitiba, Brazil to name a few cities. For a full list of workshop dates and locations visit the Startup Pirates website here

    The Perks of Being A Pirate

    Startup Pirates teams will have access to all the tools they need to get their business off the ground. Here are a few perks teams will receive:

    • 12 Months of ...
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