Nonprofit, Urban Refugees, Democratize Communication For Displaced People

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In the height of the refugee crisis, thousands of displaced people struggled (and still struggle) to get the resources they need — food, water, and shelter. There hasn’t been as much focus on ensuring refugees have access to another much needed resource — information. Sonia Ben Ali (right) is fighting to change the way refugees receive and share information, democratizing communication via SMS with the help… Read More

Building A Twilio Endpoint Load Tester with Python, Go and A Developer’s Empathy

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Here are a few bits of advice: Test code in production. Skip the code reviews. Ship the app before load testing it. With these helpful tips, you’ll be on your way to certain doom in no time. Sai Yerram once had a brush with the perils of not load testing, and he’s built a Twilio load tester to help his fellow developers avoid the danger he… Read More

Get Sentimental About SMS with Twilio, Bluemix and AlchemyAPI

IBM’s Bluemix platform is home to an ever growing number of cognitive computing services that, as developers, we can use in our applications to learn more about our data. Earlier this year Ricky showed us how combining Watson’s question and answer API, Twilio and Node.js could get us answers to health questions. Also living under the Watson banner, AlchemyAPI is a set of services for understanding content… Read More

Welkin Health Helps Caregivers Communicate With Twilio

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Care coordinators should spend more time on patient care, and less time searching for phone numbers. That’s Chase Hensel’s argument, and his mission for Welkin Health. It seemed odd to Chase that the healthcare industry couldn’t figure out a way to make it easy for coordinators to use an incredibly valuable healthcare tool they rely upon everyday – the phone. Coordinators can do a whole lot… Read More

Democracy Through Data: The Carter Center Monitors Elections with Twilio SMS

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Love election monitoring? Love code. This might be helpful for you. Fork the Carter Center’s Code here The list of problems on the Carter Center’s to-do list range from “solve world hunger” to “restore democratic process in developing countries” to “improve healthcare worldwide.” They’re not grasping at low hanging fruit. For the Carter Center, tackling complex problems worldwide requires two things: great data processes, and unflinching… Read More

Finding Out When to Buy World Series Tickets with PHP, Guzzle, Seat Geek API and Twilio

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Born and raised in Kansas City, I’ve been waiting my whole life to see the Royals win a World Series. This year “The Boys in Blue” have made it back to the fall classic and they’re playing the team that represents my adopted home, the New York Mets. I have my Royals cap ready and I want to support KC when they play in the greatest… Read More

Michael Seid Builds Text Nina, Keeps It Simple With Twilio SMS

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I scribble my daily to-do list in a legal pad. My legal pad doesn’t ask for my email, award me fictional points for writing in it, or display full screen prompts enticing me unlock “premium” legal pad features. It just does its job, and I like that. If you’re a developer, there’s probably someone trying to get your email to send you a LinkedIn message right… Read More

TalkingPoints Uses Code As Universal Language To Connect Parents and Teachers

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Language barriers don’t exist in a vacuum. Let’s say a parent can’t communicate in English with their kid’s teacher, and that teacher only speaks English. The problem at hand isn’t just a translation issue. It’s a language barrier that limits the parent’s ability to participate in their child’s education, and limits the child’s development. In a poetic bit of engineering, Heejae Lim is using the universal… Read More