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  • By Rahim Sonawalla
    Announcing the Winners of the First Five Live Contest logo

    A few weeks ago, we launched Twilio Client and a massive contest around it. We wanted to see what interesting Client applications our developer community could create in just two weeks. We were amazed with the results! We saw everything from add-ons that let you dial phone numbers straight from your browser to a 3D game with Twilio Client used for in-game chat. With so many great entries, this proved to be the hardest contest we’ve ever had to judge. In the end, five entries narrowly stood out to take home the prizes.

    TalkDesk

    Described by its creators, Cristina Fonseca and Tiago Paiva, as the Zendesk for voice, and built in just 10 days, TalkDesk allows companies to manage support calls from the browser. We liked it because it has an intuitive interface and tight integration into several systems, like Zendesk and Salesforce. Watch the video below to see ...

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  • By Rahim Sonawalla
    New Developer Contest: Power Up Sales With Twilio logo

    For our developer contest this week we’re challenging you to use Twilio Client to power up customer management and sales. Use Client to build a call management tool for a sales team, an intelligent click-to-call system, or anything else that helps improves sales and you could win:

    • A brand new 11″ MacBook Air
    • A full pass to the Twilio (Sept 21st-22nd)
    • $100 in Twilio credit
    • Awesome swag from Twilio, including a customized Twilio Timbuk2 messenger bag.

    Bonus points for putting together helpful materials (screencasts, blog posts, etc.) that demonstrate the value of what you’ve built, or explain how it could become a business someday.

    Entries must be submitted by 11:59 PM PDT on Sunday September 4th. Entries can be submitted here.

    What’s This Developer Contest All About?

    Each week we announce a new category to encourage developers to try Twilio for different use cases, industries, and ...

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  • By Rahim Sonawalla
    New Developer Contest: Power Up Sales With Twilio logo

    For our developer contest this week we’re challenging you to use Twilio Client to power up customer management and sales. Use Client to build a call management tool for a sales team, an intelligent click-to-call system, or anything else that helps improves sales and you could win:

    • A brand new 11″ MacBook Air
    • A full pass to the Twilio (Sept 21st-22nd)
    • $100 in Twilio credit
    • Awesome swag from Twilio, including a customized Twilio Timbuk2 messenger bag.

    Learn more and submit your contest entry…

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  • By Rahim Sonawalla
    Getting Started With the Box API in PHP logo

    We’re running a contest this week with our friends at Box, so I thought I’d write up a quick tutorial on how to get started using the Box API in PHP. In this short tutorial, we’ll create a simple app that adds comments to a file by SMS.

    To get started, you’ll want to setup your project on Box. Head over to http://www.box.net/developers/services and click on the “Create New Application” button on the top right of the page.

    Fill out the general information with whatever you’d like. I called mine “Twilio Commenter”. Take note of the API key Box gives you after clicking “Continue”, you’ll need it later.

    After your project has been setup, click on “edit applicaton”. Scroll down a bit and set the “Redirect URL” to your project’s URL on your server. Box will take users ...

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  • By Rahim Sonawalla
    Hacking LA logo

    Last weekend, I helped organize API Hack Day LA. While the API Hack Day event has been making its rounds throughout the nation, this is the first time it’s come to Los Angeles. This was a special event for me because Los Angeles is where I call home—a home that’s tech scene has recently been the topic of debate.

    The day ran from 8 AM to roughly 7:30 PM, and gave developers and designers a chance to play around with some cool new APIs like SimpleGeo’s neighborhood data and Factual’s living data.

    At the end of the day, eight teams presented and three winners were chosen. The first place winner was Jay Stakelon with SoundClash, which used Rdio and Echonest’s API to put two songs against each other in order to build an epic playlist.

    [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPsPPO1wFXc ...

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  • By Rahim Sonawalla
    New Developer Contest: Twilio & Box logo

    Last week, we kicked off the release of Twilio Client with a bang. We wanted to keep the fireworks going, so today we’re announcing a huge partner contest with our friends at Box.

    Box’s platform allows businesses to securely store, manage, and share content. For this contest, you’ll have two weeks to create an interesting application that combines Twilio’s API (bonus points for using Twilio Client) and Box’s API.

    One winner will receive a ton of prizes, including a MacBook Air, a 32GB Galaxy Tab, and a Parrot AR Drone!

    Learn more and submit your contest entry…

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  • By Rahim Sonawalla
    New Developer Contest: Twilio & Box logo

    Last week, we kicked off the release of Twilio Client with a bang. We wanted to keep the fireworks going, so today we’re announcing a huge partner contest with our friends at Box.

    Box’s platform allows businesses to securely store, manage, and share content. For this contest, you’ll have two weeks to create an interesting application that combines Twilio’s API (bonus points for using Twilio Client) and Box’s API.

    There will be three winners. First place will receive:

    • A brand new 11″ MacBook Air
    • A full pass to the Twilio (Sept 21st-22nd)
    • $100 in Twilio credit
    • A customized Twilio Timbuk2 messenger bag
    • Awesome swag from both Twilio and Box

    Second place will receive:

    Third place will receive:

    Entries must be submitted ...

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  • By Rahim Sonawalla
    Testing Twilio's Text-to-Speech Engine Using Twilio Client logo

    Twilio Client is more than just a phone in your browser, it’s an audio pipe into Twilio. So in addition to being able to create a “soft phone”, you can make all kinds of other interesting applications. In this tutorial we’ll make a simple text-to-speech (TTS) tester.

    Every now and then, I see a post in the forum or an e-mail to help@twilio.com asking how to test Twilio’s text-to-speech engine. The person wants to hear how a piece of dialogue will sound in the male and female voices. Up until now, the answer has always been write it out as TwiML, tie it to a phone number, and give the number a call. But for folks working on getting their wording just right, constantly dialing, editing, and redialing is a pain. And for developers working internationally, it’s both tedious and costly. Using Twilio Client ...

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  • By Rahim Sonawalla
    Caley Woods Wins Our Twilio/DotCloud Contest With SOSMS logo

    Last week, we held a developer contest with our friends at DotCloud. The requirements were simple: build something interesting using Twilio and deploy it on DotCloud. We had some great entries, but in the end both companies felt that Caley Woods’ SOSMS was the winner. Here’s what Caley had to say about his entry:

    SOSMS was born after the May 22nd, 2011 EF5 tornado that tore apart Joplin, Missouri. I watched the news reports come in that afternoon and was stunned, I wanted to help and if I’d had any medical training beyond first aid and CPR I would’ve jumped in the car and drove down immediately (I’ve since been looking at taking a first responders training course). A few days afterwards I still wanted to help and began thinking about what could be done to alleviate the issues people had experienced going through this.

    One ...

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  • By Rahim Sonawalla
    New Developer Contest: First 5 Live logo

    Today we released Twilio Client, a brand new way to communicate with the world. Twilio Client is more than just a phone in your browser, it’s an audio pipe that lets you plug into Twilio from any web browser and use the APIs you’re already familiar with to build a whole new class of powerful applications.

    To celebrate the launch of Twilio Client, we’re holding a special contest. The rules are simple: two weeks to develop something interesting using Twilio Client. We’ll be picking five winners—bonus points for putting together helpful materials (screencasts, blog posts, etc.) that demonstrate the value of what you’ve built or explain how it could become a business someday.

    Entries can be submitted here. (Extra brownie points for also listing your entry in the Twilio gallery and ProgrammableWeb.)

    Everyone that participates and meets the requirements above will get $50 in ...

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