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  • By Lizzie Siegle
    Announcing the TwilioQuest Tumult Contest tqtumult.png

    Calling US-based college students!

    We want YOU to lead your intrepid crew representing your school on a mission to save The Cloud!

    In TwilioQuest, a PC role-playing game inspired by classics of the 16-bit era, you will help defeat the evil Legacy Systems while learning skills related to Twilio and general programming along the way.

    At the end of the 2 week-long tournament running from October 19th-October 30th, the team with the most number of missions completed will earn honor and a streaming setup worth ~$1000 per team-member!

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    How it Works

    Some rules:

    • You must be a current US college student (undergrad or grad). Please use your school email!
    • You do not need to be studying computer science or have any programming experience.
    • Each school can have more than 1 team, but we'd like for each team's members to all be from the same school
    • Teams should be 4-5 …
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  • By Diane Phan
    Impressing Your Hackathon with Ngrok, Python, and Flask Impressing Your Hackathon with Ngrok, Python, and Flask header

    You might be running on your third cup of coffee and working with webhooks right now. Maybe you’re developing programs with Twilio API services. You might have seen the term ngrok a few times and heard how this tool can solve all of a developer’s problems – but how impressive is it really?  

    Follow along to learn more about how ngrok helps you test locally, and allows your program to communicate with a temporary public domain. The URLs make forwarding incoming Twilio SMS requests or other webhooks to your local development setup fast, easy, and impressive!

    As someone who used to attend and organize hackathons, I can tell you that ngrok will impress not only the organizers and judges, but also your team!

    Tutorial Requirements

    If you have a Mac, you can download the ngrok client as a file in …

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  • By Nichole Wong
    Inside the Flexathon With Perficient flexathon 3b.jpg

    As a company that’s built around the developer community, hackathons are a longstanding tradition at Twilio. On June 26, we invited 25 developers from 3 different countries to Flexathona day building with Twilio Flex, our new programmable contact center platform, at Twilio HQ. The experts who built Flex from the ground up were on hand to answer any questions and provide guidance if needed. Attendees from companies such as Scorpion, Zendesk, Perficient, DVELP, and AdHawk, as well as independent developers, shared demos of what they built and revealed their first impressions of Flex.

    Flexathon provided valuable feedback on the Flex console provisioning experience and documentation. We’ve incorporated that feedback into the product and we’re now in a position to onboard additional customers. If you’re ready to level up your customer engagement and want to know more about what Flex can do for your business, get in …

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  • By Nichole Wong
    Inside the Flexathon With AdHawk IMG_20180626_121831.jpg

    As a company that’s built around the developer community, hackathons are a longstanding tradition at Twilio. On June 26, we invited 25 developers from 3 different countries to Flexathona day building with Twilio Flex, our new programmable contact center platform, at Twilio HQ. The experts who built Flex from the ground up were on hand to answer any questions and provide guidance if needed. Attendees from companies such as Scorpion, Zendesk, Perficient, DVELP, and AdHawk, as well as independent developers, shared demos of what they built and revealed their first impressions of Flex.

    Flexathon provided valuable feedback on the Flex console provisioning experience and documentation. We’ve incorporated that feedback into the product and we’re now in a position to onboard additional customers. If you’re ready to level up your customer engagement and want to know more about what Flex can do for your business, get in …

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  • By Nichole Wong
    Inside the Flexathon With Scorpion twilio-flex.jpg

    As a company that’s built around the developer community, hackathons are a longstanding tradition at Twilio. On June 26, we invited 25 developers from 3 different countries to Flexathona day building with Twilio Flex, our new programmable contact center platform, at Twilio HQ. The experts who built Flex from the ground up were on hand to answer any questions and provide guidance if needed. Attendees from companies such as Scorpion, Zendesk, Perficient, DVELP, and AdHawk, as well as independent developers, shared demos of what they built and revealed their first impressions of Flex.

    Flexathon provided valuable feedback on the Flex console provisioning experience and documentation. We’ve incorporated that feedback into the product and we’re now in a position to onboard additional customers. If you’re ready to level up your customer engagement and want to know more about what Flex can do for your business, get in …

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  • By Kyle Kelly-Yahner
    Save The Hacker Hackathon Produces Emergency Blood Donation Coordination via SMS savethehackerblog

    Mediocrity looms large. If you’re not careful, you can make coding less of a creative endeavor and more of a chore. One hackathon set out to fight mediocrity and stagnation head on – Save The Hacker.

    A few weeks ago, the aptly named hackathon, Save The Hacker, brought 100 teams together in Chennai, India to build web and mobile apps for the fun of it, to keep the joy of creative coding alive. Sponsored by Freshdesk, Box, Google Cloud Platform and Twilio, Save The Hacker produced a ton of interesting projects ranging from coordinating emergency health services, to making SaaS projects more user friendly.

    Infinite Loop: Getting Emergency Responders What They Need, Fast

    Save-the-Hacker

    In the wake of a disaster, emergency responders are the first to the scene to help victims. Hospitals and blood banks desperately need blood donations in order to be able properly treat patients. Each second counts …

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  • By Rob Spectre
    First Time Hackathoner Wins TechCrunch Disrupt NYC 2015 With Witness header

    Just over a year ago, Marinos Bernitsas was cutting C++ code for algorithmic trading marinossystems at a high frequency trading fund in New York City. Having spent a career in finance and amassing a wealth of creative ideas he wanted to hack on, Marinos struck out on his own to become an independent app developer. Publishing two apps in the iTunes Store upon a life of programming experience, he stopped by TechCrunch Disrupt NYC this weekend to put his creative skills to the test: his first time in the 24 hour crucible of an all-night hackathon. Incredibly, Marinos took first place.

    “It’s my first hackathon – I’m still in shock,” Marinos exhaled backstage at the perennial hackathon event in New York’s Manhattan Center. “I’ve been meaning to do a hackathon for so long – I finally did it with Disrupt.”

    Picking off the $5,000 grand prize is no small …

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  • By Jarod Reyes
    12 Hacks of Christmas – Day 10: Mortal Combat day11

    It turns out to be very difficult to work Mortal Combat into a Christmas reference so I’m not going to try (slay bells ring?). Instead I will remind you that even though ‘tis the season to be jolly, you may nonetheless find yourself frustrated, annoyed or just plain exhausted. In those times there is one sure way to work off the holiday jitters and get back into the spirit… by virtually beating up a family member.

    Earlier this year Matthew Kaufer extended mk.js to create a version of Mortal Kombat that two players can play over SMS. No need for anything other than a warm beverage, a phone and the internet.

    To play it yourself, go to this live demo. To see the code and tweak it go here. Until tomorrow, Happy Holidays and Happy Hacking to all!

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  • By Ricky Robinett
    12 Hacks of Christmas – Day 6: Twilio Plays 2048 day6

    Today for the #12HacksOfChristmas we’re featuring a game that was built at the Hack the North hackathon in Waterloo, ON. Tejas Manohar, Jocelyn Lee and Cheng Wanli Peng won the Twilio prize, and our hearts, with their Twilio Plays 2048 project. If you can’t tell from the name, this hack lets you play the highly addictive game 2048 with the whole world using text messages.

    Not only is this a clever hack – the team behind it posted the code on github. It’s like a digital stocking stuffer where you can see how they built the game and even fork the code to build your own version!

    Until tomorrow, Happy Hacking and Happy Holidays to all!

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  • By Kyle Kelly-Yahner
    Music Hack Day Recap: Bonhamize It, Saxophones As Keyboard Controls, Laptop Orchestras Twilio Bug Logo

    58438_10151743526434908_1840223984_nYou give developers 24 hours to hack at Music Hack Day and the next thing you know they’re controlling your computer’s keyboard by playing saxophone. Seriously, that happened.

    Music Hack Day challenged developers to build apps at the intersection of music and tech, but more specifically at TokBox HQ.

    There were tons of great apps ranging from online karaoke to an app that logs the mood of your tweets and makes a corresponding playlist. You can find the full list of hacks here. Here are a few of our favorite Twilio apps along with pictures (courtesy of Gracenote) from the hackathon.

    Twilio Apps

    Instrumentio
    If you’re looking for that vintage Fender, or that hand hammered 22” dark ride, odds …

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