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  • By Tim Schraeder
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    Election Day is coming up on Tuesday, November 6, and Twilio has partnered with Lyft, Callin’ Oates, and Rock N’ Roll Hall of Famers and best-selling rock duo of all time Hall & Oates to help people get out and vote.

    Here’s how it works:

    • Call +1 (540) 4-VOATES anytime between now and Election Day to hear a special message from John Oates.

    • Press any number after the message and you’ll receive a text with information to help you find your local polling place, and a link to Lyft.

    • On Election Day, open the Lyft app and select your polling location to receive 50% off your ride to the polls.

    It’s that simple!

    Democracy works best when all voices are heard this Election Day, so make sure you vote!

    Ooh yeah!

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    Fun fact: In 2011, a Twilio employee created the ‘Callin’ Oates’ hotline, which quickly became a ...

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  • By Tim Schraeder
    #SIGNALConf Day 2 Recap SignalDay1-1013.jpg

    We had another packed day at SIGNAL featuring guest interviews, a world’s first, two more product announcements, and a visit from legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk.

    So without any further ado, here we go!

    The Great Communications Renaissance Needs EVERYONE

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    Our CEO Jeff Lawson kicked things off reminding us that the greatest thing about a Renaissance is that it brings people from all different fields and walks of life together—creators, magicians, philosophers, builders, scientists and artists.

    If yesterday was all about the science, today is about the art.

    Twilio.org Bringing Good to Billions

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    Erin Reilly, Twilio’s Vice President of Social Impact took the stage to share some exciting news about Twilio.org. Twilio.org exists to fuel the communications that give hope, power, and freedom to people around the world. The team set a goal of helping send 1 billion messages for good in 10 years and ...

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  • By Tim Schraeder
    #SIGNALConf Day 1 Recap SignalDay1-121.jpg

    We’ve kicked off SIGNAL with a bang and are excited to welcome over 3,000 people to our customer and developer conference at Bill Graham Civic Center in the heart of San Francisco.

    We’ve had a big day, and for those of you who weren’t able to make it, or if you were overwhelmed by everything you heard today, here’s a quick recap of our Day 1 Keynote.

    The Great Communications Renaissance

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    Our CEO, Jeff Lawson, kicked off the day reminding us there’s never been a more exciting time for communications because it’s transforming every aspect of human life. We are in the midst of a Great Communications Renaissance which is powered by technology and the disruptors that are building it.

    “APIs democratize. They give life to ideas. They liberate the freedom to create.”

    Jeff also stressed that the future doesn’t belong to ...

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  • By Tim Schraeder
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    It is time to get GIF ready for SIGNAL! The countdown is on for the event of the year for our customers and developers, and we can’t wait to have you with us, October 17 & 18, in San Francisco.

    Here’s a sneak peek at what you can expect at SIGNAL in the best possible form, GIFS!

    1. NEW APIs. Learn about the latest products we’re launching to help you build the future of communication. We’re excited to share some BIG updates!

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    2. Incredible speakers and keynotes. We’ve got speakers from Lyft, Stripe, the creators of Westworld, Spirit Airlines, TechCrunch, Google, Uber and more! See the full line up here.

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    3. Over 120 breakout sessions hosted by Twilio experts and renowned members of the community on areas including mobile, security, machine learning & AI, IoT and serverless infrastructure. Check our all of the breakout sessions ...

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  • By Tim Schraeder
    An Insider’s Guide to San Francisco: What to See, Do, Eat, and Drink at #SIGNALConf photo-1521464302861-ce943915d1c3.jpeg

    SIGNAL, Twilio's customer and developer conference is coming up on October 17 & 18, and can’t wait to welcome you to San Francisco.

    If you’re traveling to San Francisco, we know you’ll want to explore the city while you’re here, so we polled some of our San Francisco team to get their insider recommendations on things to do, see, eat, and drink while you’re in town. (Because let’s be honest, you can only see the Golden Gate Bridge, the Full House houses, Fisherman’s Wharf, and the Ferry Building so many times.)

    Here are some of the team's top picks:

    Get the chicken wings at San Tung (1031 Irving St, Inner Sunset). Pro tip: Order them for pick up so you don’t have to wait!

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    Coin Op Game Room (508 4th St, South of Market). Get the high score you always wanted to ...

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  • By Tim Schraeder
    Hacktoberfest (and a new TwilioQuest mission) is here! hacktoberfest-2018-social-card-c8d2e1489f647f2e0a26e6f598adeb760872818905b34cd437afc7ac2857ceab.png

    This year marks the fifth year of Hacktoberfest, a monthly-long celebration of open source software run by DigitalOcean. We’re excited to be a part of Hacktoberfest this year to welcome everyone already in the open source software community, and anyone who is interested in diving in. The best part: you get a FREE t-shirt by participating!

    To help anyone who may be new new open source, we built a brand-new TwilioQuest mission to help developers learn the basics of contributing to open source projects hosted on GitHub. With this tool, you can learn basic git commands and workflows necessary to submit code contributions to a repository.

    Participants in previous Hacktoberfest events have represented 119 countries and thousands of skill sets. Whether you’re a seasoned contributor or looking for projects to contribute to for the first time, you’re welcome to participate.

    Ready to get started? Here are the ...

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  • By Tim Schraeder
    Twilio’s Binding Corporate Rules: Demonstrating Our Commitment to Earning and Keeping Customer Trust photo-1493129922668-fcb1a8514643

    Twilio’s guiding principle when it comes to data protection is “No Shenanigans,“ and we take that seriously.

    In June, we were named one of 130 companies worldwide to receive approval from the EU Data protection authorities for our Binding Corporate Rules.

    So what does that mean for you?

    “We are committed to being good stewards of your data and you don’t just have to just take our word for it,” said Sheila Jambekar, Associate General Counsel at Twilio, “we’re constantly thinking ahead and want all of our customers to feel confident when entrusting us with their data.”

    Binding Corporate Rules are considered one of the highest standards for data protection, and represent a company-wide commitment to how we will handle our customer’s personal data.

    A company’s BCRs undergo a rigorous regulatory approval process by EU data protection authorities that confirms that the company’s data ...

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  • By Tim Schraeder
    What if you’re not GDPR ready? twilio-chat-gdpr

    As your inbox can attest, the May 25 deadline for GDPR is upon us. We recently hosted a #TwilioChat with Sheila Jambekar, Associate General Counsel at Twilio, to answer questions from our community about GDPR.

    Here’s a quick recap: 

    What happens if a company not GDPR ready by the May 25 deadline?

    No one can say for sure. The regulators will likely give you credit for working on it and for being diligent. Many regulators themselves admit they aren’t fully ready. But, your customers may be tougher on you than the regulators.

    Does GDPR mean I have to keep all of my EU personal data in the EU?

    No. But if you do transfer data out of the EU, there’s a few extra safeguards you have to put in place in your contracts. These are called “appropriate safeguards” or “transfer mechanisms.” For more on this, read GDPR ...

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