7 tips for throwing an awesome (conference) hacker event:


In two weeks Twilio will be hosting the Signal conference and thus the evening event that shall be hence known as “a welcoming assault on my senses that I wish had never ended” or “$bash” for short. Instead of the increasingly common conference hackathon, we want to give back to our builders and throw them a custom-tailored once-in-a-lifetime event. The goal is to create experiences that… Read More

12 Hacks of Christmas – Day 12: Christmas Lights


Well friends, today marks the end of our #12HacksOfChristmas, and what better way to end then to turn the lights out. Our first post was an SMS christmas tree and our last hack we hope will inspire an SMS christmas house! If only Clark Griswold had been able to trigger his epic light display with his telephone?! I think the old Uncle Lewis might have kicked… Read More

12 Hacks of Christmas – Day 10: Mortal Combat


It turns out to be very difficult to work Mortal Combat into a Christmas reference so I’m not going to try (slay bells ring?). Instead I will remind you that even though ‘tis the season to be jolly, you may nonetheless find yourself frustrated, annoyed or just plain exhausted. In those times there is one sure way to work off the holiday jitters and get back… Read More

12 Hacks of Christmas – Day 9: Call Congress


Frosty the congressman, was a busy hard-to-get a hold of soul… well, that certainly doesn’t roll of the tongue, but at least it’s topical. Welcome to another installment of the #12HacksOfChristmas. I hope by now you are listening to festive tunes, sipping festive beverages, relaxing next to a warm fireplace with your pet ferret snuggled on your shoulders. But if you, like me, live in a… Read More

12 Hacks of Christmas – Day 5: The SMS Garage Door Butler


Deck the halls with Raspberry Pi’s, fa la la la la la LEDs! Today’s hack is another brilliant hardware hack that solves one of the more mundane and cumbersome interactions many car owners face everyday… the garage door. In this detailed tutorial instructables user AkiraFist explains how to harness Raspberry Pi, a webcam and Twilio to create a video-monitored garage door “butler”. AkiraFist even explains how… Read More

12 Hacks of Christmas – Day 3: Santa CLI

#12HacksOfChristmas: Day 2

Hi folks! Today we on the devangel crew wanted to sprinkle the 12 Hacks of Christmas with some holiday cheer. The following hack started out as a Santa location hack. Then we found out that there is no such thing as a ‘Santa API’, which means first we’re going to have build that API and then maybe next year we’ll build a tool for tracking Santa in… Read More

12 Hacks of Christmas – Day 1: The Texting Tree


Hello Twilio friends! In honor of that age-old tradition of giving gifts on the holidays we here at Twilio wanted to share with you some of our favorite hacks from the past year. We’re calling it the #12HacksOfChristmas. Please share with us your favorite hacks on Twitter, and happy hacking! Oh Christmas tree…that beautifully disguised fire-starter that slowly dries up until January 1st, when it finally… Read More

How to Send Your Users a Branded SMS using Twilio MMS and Illustrator


Have you ever had a night where you feel like everything funny you say lands on deaf ears, only to have an unplanned, half-baked comment make everyone bust up laughing? I think it was Louis CK who said “…simple truth beats out cleverness every time”. I thought of this a few weeks ago when I was showing some of my colleagues an SMS demo I had… Read More

How to Build a Picture Scavenger Hunt Using Twilio MMS, Twilio and Sinatra


When I get together with my siblings (one younger sister, and two little brothers- 12 and 9) I tend to come up with crazy ideas. A couple years ago in Northern California I was visiting my little brothers and had the grand idea to create a scavenger hunt for them when they woke up in the morning. Of course, this blew their mind and we had… Read More