How To Create a Spooky Halloween Hackpack with Laravel and Arduino


I found myself trapped in what seemed like a terrible dream. Visions of ghosts and bats blinking at me in the darkness were revealing what looked to be a foreign language. As I peered closer I caught a glimpse of what looked to be dollar signs and weird arrow shapes. Could it be? Yes, it was in fact my worst nightmare: having to work with a… Read More

Hackpacks Shine at Signal


A few weeks ago we welcomed the Twilio community to Fort Mason Festival Pavilion for Signal. One of our favorite parts of the show was watching what developers built with the swag we provided. As part of celebrating developers everywhere we gave each attendee a very special backpack nicknamed the “hackpack”. The hackpack includes a littleBits-powered 8×8 LED matrix that lights up a small square on… Read More

Light Up Your Hackpack With the Adafruit NeoMatrix Library


Signal is almost upon us. That means that in just a few days we’ll be handing out hackpacks to every attendee of the conference. The hackpack contains a littleBits-powered Adafruit NeoPixel 8×8 LED Panel that can be programmed to display whatever you can fit onto its display. If you haven’t already read it, check out our recent post detailing what hardware is in the hackpack and… Read More

Twilio HackPack for Sinatra and Heroku

If you’re interested in using Twilio with your Ruby apps but are not very familiar with creating and deploying web apps in Sinatra or Heroku,  the Twilio Hackpack for Heroku and Sinatra is now available. Fork it now. This hackpack gives developers a simple way to build a full-fledged Sinatra app with Twilio integration. No need to worry about setting up a phone number, your application… Read More