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  • By Tony Mataya
    Female Hackers Represent Well At First espnW Hackathon logo
    espnW Hackathon

    About a week ago, ESPN held their first public hackathon, and over 100 female developers and designers packed the Stanford design school to attend. HackespnW brought together female hackers and college athletes to create apps combining sports and tech. Organized by espnW, the event brought together leading API platforms to offer their resources to coders.

    The Winners

    A trio of female CMU grad students took home the grand prize with their app, iSports, a web app that scans athletes’ faces and pulls up key facts and context about each player. iSports uses machine learning and facial recognition technology to enhance a sports fan’s viewing experience, similar to how Microsoft SmartGlass does the same for actors and musicians. According to the Hacker League page, the app used the ESPN Athletes and Statistics API, Mashery, YouTube, and Twitter API; as well as Machine Learning (Javafaces), Skybiometry and SOLR. Each ...

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  • By Tony Mataya
    Startups from Five Developer Communities Featured in the TwilioCon Community Hall logo

    At TwilioCon 2012, eighteen startups from five developer communities will be joining us in the Community Hall to demo their products. We’re excited for you to get to know these great companies and see what they are building. The Community Hall will be open throughout the conference on October 17th and 18th. It’s not too late to register for TwilioCon and meet these awesome startups in person next week.


    • BetterVoicemail – Completely customizable and professional voicemail for your mobile phone
    • EagerFans – Crowdfunding for concerts
    • PublikDemand – File complaints against big businesses via SMS
    • Sparefoot – Online marketplace for self-storage

    Bay Area

    • – Simple web and mobile uploads
    • LineUP – iOS app that lets you purchase and manage regular or toll-free phone numbers
    • Order Mapper – Mobile commerce made easy
    • Qwikon – Mobile marketing designed for business owners
    • TwilBill – Subscription billing package for Twilio developers and companies
    • VerbalizeIt – Instant phone and web-based access ...
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  • By Tony Mataya
    TwilioCon 2012 Hackathon: Do It In the Cloud logo

    We’re calling on all DOers to join us for the second annual TwilioCon Hackathon. Stay up late with us on Wednesday, October 17th and do what you do best: build awesome stuff. We’ll bring the Red Bull, power strips, and food. You bring the code.

    Last year over 200 developers packed the Bently Reserve for a night of friendly geek revelry. This year, we’re at it again with a few new tricks up our sleeve. All of the participants will get a chance to dive into newly released Twilio products. Our friends at Amazon Web Services, Box, Dropbox, Ducksboard, Google, Heroku, Mashery, Parse, SendGrid, Singly, SoundCloud, and Windows Azure are offering access to their tools, services, and genius brain power.

    After several hours of hacking, teams will demo their projects. We will award first, second, and third place teams for Best Overall Hacks while the sponsors will ...

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  • By Tony Mataya
    #TCDisrupt: Tacos, Top Code and Twilio-Powered Hacks logo

    At the TechCrunch Disrupt SF Hackathon, hundreds of hackers and over 35 API sponsors poured into the concourse exhibition warehouse to build the next big thing.

    Hackers from all over the world came out to talk shop, devour pizza, and inaugurate the future. With respect and prizes up for grabs, there was good reason to choose coding over sleeping.

    Let’s take a quick look at the stats:

      • 300+ hackers
      • 151 apps built, 37 Twilio-powered
      • 150 Taco Bell tacos were devoured in under two minutes, a 4am delivery by Jeff Lawson
      • 112 karma and 50 comments racked up by MemStash on HackerNews
      • 78 APIs used
      • 9 Disrupt hacks were featured on TechCrunch, 5 of those were Twilio-powered
      • 1 new drinking game was created by Eric Allen

    Sleep is for Weak, Fourth Meal is for ...

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  • By Tony Mataya
    Redefine Work With Box and Twilio at the Box Hackathon in August logo

    If you’ve ever been a part of an internal hackweek, you understand the potential impact of engineers taking a break from their normal duties and concentrating on improving a process or tool that is outdated and inefficient. Coming off of our own internal #tweakweek, we’re especially excited to recreate some of that magic by supporting Box in their efforts to inspire developers to create the next great business app that revolutionizes the workplace.

    Joining forces with the likes of Sendgrid,, Mashery, Parse, TokBox and Firebase, we’ll set up camp at Box HQ, August 11-12 for a weekend of hacking and rethinking business. Click here to join the cause! If you plan on attending, our developer evangelist Joel Franusic will be attending to help teams hack on Twilio. Find him in the red jacket for some coding help and fresh ideas.

    To offer some perspective on ...

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  • By Tony Mataya
    Twilio Joins Etsy and Dwolla to Hack eCommerce logo

    Dwolla and Etsy are bringing together API partners and developers for a hackathon to improve the way we buy and sell things online. Anticipating over 200 talented attendees and a profuse number of online payment tools, we’re sure this will be an event you won’t want to miss out on.

    eCommerce Hack Day will take place at the The Alley space in NYC on August 4-5. Registration for developers is closed, but the ticketing process is still worthy of a mention. Similar to the Ballmer Peakathon: “I have an idea and I just need an engineer to build it pricing filter,” Dwolla aimed to improve the quality of participants by creating a puzzle in the Hack Day’s website source code (here’s a blog post about how they built it). The first 200 developers who solved the puzzle will receive a free ticket to the event.

    Missed ...

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  • By Tony Mataya
    Beyond the Sandbox With Twilio and Syracuse University logo

    We are continuously impressed with the innovative programs and entrepreneurial young minds breaking out of universities. From weekend hackathons for good to fresh companies launched on a bus, this new breed of battle-tested students are a group to watch in the startup world. That’s why we are proud to announce a partnership with the Syracuse University Student Sandbox Incubator and Syracuse IDEA program.

    Founded in 2009, the Student Sandbox is a twelve week program designed to give student entrepreneurs the chance to accelerate their startup by providing them with access to funding, workspace, a team of mentors, and many other handy resources. Like most student incubators, the Sandbox is educational and does not retain any equity in its companies.

    Witnessing the continued growth and success of this program, Syracuse University is now increasing their efforts to further cultivate entrepreneurship on campus. The University recently announced a partnership with The ...

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  • By Tony Mataya
    Hack for a Cause with Twilio and MongoDB in NYC logo

    Twilio and MongoDB have a few things in common: we both offer developers a highly scalable product for a complicated problem, we love coding for a cause, and we want you to join us at the 10Gen HQ in NYC on Friday, April 27th for the Powered by MongoDB hackathon. Register right now, right here to secure your spot!

    The event is free, but you can donate to support a great cause – 100% of the donations to the event will go to HackNY to educate young developers and help build the New York startup community.

    In addition to helping out student hackers, you’ll also have a chance to score some amazing prizes, including an iPad, Xbox 360, a year subscription to a Github Org Account, and free tickets to MongoNYC for the winning project. Twilio Developer Evangelist, Jon Gottfried will be there to help you with Twilio, so make ...

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  • By Tony Mataya
    Build Your Startup at AngelHack 2.0 this Weekend logo

    One year ago Greg Gopman moved to San Francisco by way of Miami with a new concept for hackathons where angel investors and accelerator programs were directly involved. AngelHack was born and launched with a bang. This weekend kicks off the Spring 2012 AngelHack 2.0 in both Boston and San Francisco, and we’re stoked to join the teams in both cities.

    Registration is currently full, but you can still sign up for the waitlist. If you plan on attending, make sure you reach out to Carter Rabasa and Frank Denbow who will be helping out in San Francisco and Boston respectively.

    Two Cities Coast to Coast and A Bus Full of Hackers

    AngelHack is rocking the east coast and west coast simultaneously, with the San Francisco event at Adobe’s office and the Boston event set to take place in the Cambridge Innovation Center. They expect an incredible ...

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  • By Tony Mataya
    Join Twilio for Picture Perfect Hacking at Photo Hack Day 2 logo

    Following a stellar showing from the previous Photo Hack Day, Aviary is back with an even bigger agenda for their next photo-centric hackathon.

    This weekend, Photo Hack Day 2 will kick off with two days of photo-friendly hacking and a special emphasis on mobile apps. As an added bonus, attendees will enjoy a fireside chat with some amazing NYC entrepreneurs, including the co-founder of Reddit Alexis Ohanian, CEO of the Cheezburger Network Ben Huh and the founder of Tumblr David Karp.

    Join us on February 25-26 at the General Assembly in New York City for this epic event. Register for the event here, and make sure to reach out to Frank Denbow, who will be there to help with any Twilio questions during the hackathon.

    Looking for some inspiration? Take a walk down memory lane and check out the rad hacks from last year below.

    Honey Badger

    Created by Abe ...

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