hackNY Raises The Bar Again For Student Hackathons

Occupying New York University once more, hackNY students again raised the bar for student hackathons this weekend.  With the fifth installment of their long running companion event to their successful fellowship program, the joint NYU / Columbia venture hosted over 375 students, a new record.   Hacker League logged 56 different projects in total built during the 24-hour event with students participating from every major engineering program… Read More

Trying To Save The World In A Weekend, Penn Students "Hack The Change"

The Philadelphia tech scene assembled late in the afternoon last Friday with a spectacular ambition – change the world in a single weekend.  Dubbing the event Hack The Change, University of Pennsylvania students from the Penn Society for International Development organized a new breed of hackathon where developers and development workers joined forces for a weekend to tackle big problems and effect real change. Equal parts NGO… Read More

Banters Adds Twilio-Powered Siri Integration with Relaunch

Brooklyn darlings Banters just relaunched their conversation sharing app and website with a new name, a fresh coat of paint and a tasty Twilio integration that enables their service to be used with Siri.  Formerly called bnter, the fun brainchild of bit artist Patrick Moberg and Texts From Last Night creator Lauren Leto dropped a big release this past week with a new responsive design, some oft-requested privacy features… Read More

Making an SMS Birthday Card with Python and Flask

My friend Sonya turned 30 this past weekend and I wanted to whip up something heartfelt and crafty to herald the glorious conclusion of her twenties.  Given that my competency with glue guns and popsicle sticks is lower than Lee Evans’ current self-esteem, I was left with two options: Buy something on Etsy and pass it off as my own. Cut some code. Since Sonya possesses one… Read More

Undergrad Doers Take Aim At SOPA and PIPA at PennApps

PennApps, the bi-annual tradition for engineering’s best and brightest students across the Eastern Seaboard, came to a close Sunday afternoon with top tier weekend hacks. Packed tight in the University of Pennsylvania Towne Building, bleary-eyed students gathered from top universities including Rutgers, Carnegie Mellon, Brown, and NYU. They were anxious to show off the results of a 48-hour effort fueled by pizza, Powerade and a passion for… Read More

Hack Hatched At Twilio Conference Grows Into Full Business

What began as a prize-winning hack at Twilio Conference enters a promising beta this week as Billy Coover and Barry Harkness from SideBox announce their new product, Nearby Now.  A helpful search tool for connecting with real service professionals in your area, Nearby Now cuts through the review and recommendation site noise by using geolocation to find the plumbers, HVAC repair techs, mechanics and other services… Read More

Siri Developer Contest Produces a Trio of Tasty Hacks

A few weeks ago we let loose our developer community on Siri, the iPhone 4S virtually assisting sensation that has been the subject of several tasty Twilio hacks.  Using Twilio SMS, Siri can be easily bent to the developer’s will, allowing you to tell your iPhone to do your very bidding.  With no official API and proxies only now starting to become available for developers to turn… Read More

Hack Til You Drop With Our Shopified Holiday Developer Contest

With barely enough time to recover from your tryptophan-induced Turkey Day coma, the holiday shopping season is already upon us.  Black Friday sales grabbed big headlines over the weekend, setting up what promises to be a record breaking Cyber Monday, and pushing us all into a commerce-fueled frenzy of flash sales and irresistable savings. We’re not immune to the rush of deep discounts here at Twilio,… Read More

Hack Til You Drop With Our Shopified Holiday Developer Contest

With barely enough time to recover from your tryptophan-induced Turkey Day coma, the holiday shopping season is already upon us.  Black Friday sales grabbed big headlines over the weekend, setting up what promises to be a record breaking Cyber Monday, and pushing us all into a commerce-fueled frenzy of flash sales and irresistable savings. We’re not immune to the rush of deep discounts here at Twilio,… Read More