Earlier this year, we released the Rapid Response Kit (RRK), a set of open source tools built for disaster relief efforts. The RRK lets first responders deploy much needed communication apps in minutes.
The community response was incredible with developers offering their contributions to the project. Most recently the RRK was deployed by the Rhode Island Code for America fellows for the Providence Student Union to rally support through SMS broadcast on changing legislation around free bus passes for students.
Today, we have two new capabilities in the RRK including a brand new tool and a one-click hosting addition that makes it even easier to deploy.
One-click Deploys with Heroku Button
The RRK includes tools that require full hosting in order to send and receive calls or messages. The recent launch of Heroku Button fits right in with our open source tools, and is perfect for those looking to quickly …
MyMind is part of the Twilio.org program, committed to supporting nonprofit and social good organizations using communications technologies. Learn more about how your nonprofit can utilize communications at Twilio.org.
MyMind is a self-referral community providing access to mental health services, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland. Since their founding in 2006, they’ve expanded to three more spaces with a fourth city on its horizon. Their focus is to offer accessible and affordable mental health care for those who need it. As a self-referring organization, users can bypass the normally expensive and challenging referral process. We interviewed Founder and CEO Krystian Fikert to learn more about MyMind, how communications is changing the landscape of mental health services in Ireland, and what’s next for his growing business.
What problem were you aiming to solve when you launched MyMind? Was it challenging for people to find mental health services previously?
MyMind was set up …
Portfoliyo is part of the Twilio.org program, committed to supporting nonprofit and social good organizations using communications technologies. Learn more about how your nonprofit can utilize communications at Twilio.org.
Harsh Patel spent over two years at Teach for America with 5th and 8th graders, teaching math and science. When looking back on his experience, Harsh realized his biggest challenge during the school year wasn’t communicating with students — it was communicating with their parents. This realization led him to build Portfoliyo, an organized and easy-to-use tool focused on teacher-parent communications, powered by Twilio Messaging.
Harsh’s main issue in connecting with parents was finding the right avenue to communicate.
He tried email, but emails get lost and many families involved with Teach for America do not have regular access to Internet. Phone calls can turn into phone tag, or drag on to an unnecessary time-consuming conversation. …
TwilioCon is our favorite event of the year; it’s where all of our customers, community partners, builders, thinkers, and DOers gather to focus on the future of communications. While we normally hold this annual event in the fall, the next TwilioCon will be taking place in early 2015.
Why the change? We’re saying goodbye to The SF Design Concourse – actually all of San Francisco is saying goodbye as it’s being turned into condos at the end of this summer. So we continue on our quest to find a new home for TwilioCon. The experience you have at TwilioCon is very important to us, and that means finding the perfect venue.
As for timing, the fall has become a very busy time of year for technology conferences, so we are shifting towards spring, which will hopefully allow for some breathing room in your schedules.
Stay tuned as we plan for …
In disaster recovery situations communications technologies are essential for rescue teams in the field, people in need of help, or connecting with family members to make sure they are ok. Many times these tools are built on the spot based on needs and sometimes the final apps aren’t deployed in time for the people that really need them.
What if there were simple tools that any developer or organization could deploy at a moment’s notice? What if these tools were open source and powered by the community? We started the Twilio.org initiative to support nonprofits better through technology and amplify their efforts with communications. Today is our first step in cultivating open source resources for disaster relief and nonprofit needs.
Meet the Twilio.org Open Source Rapid Response Kit, Fork it Now
From emergency response to community organization, we built the basic communications apps you need so you can spend less …
Today we’re very excited to introduce the Twilio.org advisor board and welcome four new members who will help to shape the future of our Billion Messages for Good program. These leaders in the tech and nonprofit world have already provided incredible guidance to our program and we’re looking forward to working together more closely. Learn more about how nonprofits can access support and discounted Twilio services here.
Please welcome our new members!
Byron Deeter, Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners: Bryon Deeter is a successful entrepreneur, investor and consultant currently focusing on investments in the cloud-computing and Internet sectors. He most recently worked as an executive at IBM after the company’s 2004 acquisition of Trigo Technologies, where he served as founding president & CEO.
Victims of the disaster in the Phillipines need help following the destruction from the Haiyan Tyhpoon. One of their critical needs is access to communication. Families are looking for a way to connect to one another, and volunteers are searching for ways to coordinate relief efforts. If you are a disaster relief organization or a developer with technical support to offer, we’re here to offer technical and financial resources.
Please contact email@example.com if you are looking for technical help building communications tools for disaster recovery, and for Twilio account resources.
If you are interested in supporting but unsure how, still please send us a note to connect. Sharing this message and putting your skills on the table is the first step in making a difference.
This past year we watched some incredible companies launch truly powerful products, from fighting human trafficking to reinvigorating a city through art. These products were amplified through communications, and we believe nonprofits should have access to communications technologies to make a greater impact. Today we’re excited to announce our initiative, A Billion Messages for Good, providing nonprofits with donated and discounted Twilio services.
Using technology to create and accelerate change is core to who we are at Twilio, and we believe there can be greater social good with better communications. For qualified nonprofits, Twilio.org will provide an initial donation of Twilio credits, followed by an extended discount on messages and minutes. Our mission is to enable nonprofits to reach their goals, and together send a billion messages for good.
Get Started with Messages for Good
All qualified nonprofit organizations anywhere in the world are eligible for Twilio.org’s discounted …
Five years ago, if you told your IT department you needed to build and scale a communications app in a week, they’d laugh – maybe even quit. Today, we have cloud-powered tools that allow developers and entrepreneurs to do this in a matter of days, building real-world businesses at scale with Google Cloud Platform.
Starting now, it’s even easier to implement Twilio cloud communications with Google App Engine, providing businesses with the ability to build solutions fast and expand faster. We’re very excited to partner with Google to be the first voice and messaging platform integrated with Google Cloud Platform.
New users signing up can grab 2,000 free voice minutes or SMS messages, and create their own Twilio account through this link: ahoy.twilio.com/googlecloudplatform
Get Started with Google App Engine and Twilio
Building apps on Google’s platform gives you the benefit of utilizing the same systems and infrastructure that …
Since the opening of the London Twilio office in 2011, we’ve had the privilege of participating in the incredible growth of the European startup and tech community. We feel lucky to work alongside so many European-based DOers focused on changing the future of communications. Today we’re beyond excited to announce Twilio Fund Europe for 2013, extending our microfund supported by 500 Startups for Twilio-powered companies and products to the EU.
A Microfund to Support Innovation in Communications
Twilio Fund provides Twilio-powered companies with the resources to take their products to the next level with support from 500 Startups. Our goal is to provide you with the resources you need to build the next generation of communications. Final recipients of Twilio Fund Europe will receive:
- Investment from 500 Startups
- Twilio Credits
- Featured booth space at TwilioCon plus travel and accommodations
- Publicity support from Twilio PR and Marketing
Submissions are OPEN