Literacy Delivered: Cell-Ed Educates Anywhere with Twilio

Lucia navigates the Los Angeles Public Transportation system every day, taking the bus from her home in South LA to Beverly Hills where she cleans houses. She’s done this successfully for a decade, despite the fact she can’t read the bus schedule or signs indicating the bus’s destination. Instead, Lucia memorizes the color coded bus routes. Lucia speaks English, but cannot read or write in English…. Read More

How to Build a Serverless API with Amazon Web Services’ API Gateway

Python, Bottle and AWS logos.

It’s easy to use the Twilio API to send and receive SMS using Python and Bottle. What if we convert that traditional web application into a serverless application using Amazon Web Services’ API Gateway and AWS Lambda? Interested in learning how to create a serverless Python application? Great, because we’re going to build a serverless API for Twilio SMS throughout this post. What Problem Are We Trying to… Read More

5 Phones, 1950 Pixels: How MissionMode Hacked the SIGNAL 2017 Video Wall

MissionMode in Front of the Video Wall

“Code is Creative”.  You showed us how true that statement really is at this year’s SIGNAL San Francisco. Your creativity was made readily visible on the 40 foot video wall (and interactive art display) we hosted upstairs at the show.  We handed out Hackpacks, hackable hardware badges with a Particle Electron onboard, which had the ability to control that massive display via text messages. Poking, then Automating, then… Read More

How I Hacked My University’s Registration System with Python and Twilio

University on a beautiful day.

University students know the pain of trying to register for a class only to realize it’s full. At my university we didn’t even have a waitlist system for most classes. We had to resort to logging in and checking the site multiple times a day. This seemed like something a computer could do, so I set out to automate it with a bit of Python and… Read More

Improve SMS Deliverability with Fallback to Long Code

Fallback to Long Code

Resends messages from a long code phone number when a message can’t be delivered by short code. Free to use. Available now in public beta. Getting text messages delivered in the US and Canada is complicated business. North America has one of the most highly regulated telecommunications environments in the world. Figuring out all of the nuances and dealing with them can be daunting, but never… Read More

Hacking Pixel Art on Twilio’s SIGNAL Conference Video Wall with Ruby and 23,000 Text Messages

Hackpack in front of SIGNAL video wall

In May, Twilio set up a massive 40-foot video wall for their SIGNAL conference and handed out hackable wireless badges to every attendee. Once you activated your badge by placing it in one of the podiums in front of the display, you could send commands to a short code that would affect your personal block on the video wall. As attendees began activating their badges, you could… Read More

Checking Your Daily Spending via SMS with Python, Plaid and Twilio

Spending summaries via text message.

Your bank may let you set up SMS alerts for various triggers. It might even give you the option of receiving periodic spending summaries via SMS (mine doesn’t though!). But what about a daily SMS summary of your spending across all your accounts? This summary is harder to come by, but thankfully you can roll your own by combining Plaid, an easy to use financial services API… Read More

Birth Announcements for the Busy Father using Python, Flask and Twilio

Newborn baby

One day during my wife’s first pregnancy, it dawned on me that a lot of people would be interested to know when the baby was born. I began counting all the family members and friends who would want some notification about the baby’s arrival and realized I’d be making more phone calls than I would prefer. Sure, I could shove everyone into one big group text… Read More