Craft Beer & SMS: Never Miss A Rare Brew Again


What a time to be alive! Just a couple of weeks ago was London Beer Week. My home city spent a week celebrating everybody’s favourite pint sized beverage. With the focus on great beer from breweries across the capital, the country and the world I’ve been thinking about how I can get more great beer all year round. You see, there’s this great beer shop, Clapton… Read More

Passwordless SMS Authentication: Part 2 – Building iOS Front End With Swift


I have to fill out a “forgot password” page at least once a week. That’s probably why I’m so excited about passwordless authentication. Passwordless authentication is a system where the application you’re logging into generates a one time use token for you to log in with and delivers that token via SMS or some other means. You can then verify this password from the device you… Read More

Send SMS And MMS From Your Arduino Yun


The Arduino Yun has built-in WiFi and a second microprocessor which runs Linux. That means that you can write programs in your favorite scripting language and interact with APIs directly from your Arduino. In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to send SMS and MMS from our Arduino Yun using Python and Twilio. By the end we will: Install pip and the Twilio Python helper library on… Read More

Building your own personal assistant with Twilio and Google Calendar

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Being a developer evangelist means I get to work from anywhere. Often times I find myself on the road going to wicked events and having great conversations with developers from all around the world. The flipside is that most of my colleagues are also remotes and are usually doing the same things around the communities they serve. It can be difficult to have meetings with them,… Read More

Building A Multi Channel Support Desk with TaskRouter


We live in a time where there are more ways than ever for businesses and their customers to connect. As developers, we have the opportunity to build applications that help facilitate these connections. But if you’ve built a support desk before, you know that writing the code that manages agent availability and integrates multiple channels of communication can be complicated. Twilio built TaskRouter to help make… Read More

Note Taking On the Go With Evernote and Twilio – Part One


A good note taking system is extremely valuable. There are numerous times in any given week in which there’s some piece of information I need to capture in a reliable place. The safe place for this type of information for me is Evernote. It is available on every device I use and it syncs effortlessly so I know my information will always be available. However, I… Read More

Answering Health Questions via SMS with IBM Watson and Twilio


Q: “Combining these two APIs can let you quickly query a complex health data set via SMS.” A: “What are IBM Watson and Twilio?” You probably remember IBM Watson battling humans in Jeopardy. Now developers can access this same power via the Watson Question and Answer API. Currently IBM has exposed the health and travel data sets via the API. I wanted to build an app… Read More

Calculating Net Promoter Score with Python and SMS


On the Twilio Developer Evangelism team we’re constantly seeking quantitative feedback to improve how we work. In 2014, I began collecting feedback via SMS to calculate Net Promoter Score on my conference talks as one quantitative measure for how talks were received. For example, at the end of my DjangoCon 2014 talk you can see in the video how I asked the audience to text in… Read More

Mobile Passwordless SMS Authentication: Part 1 – Building the API with Laravel and Twilio


Lately there’s been a lot of discussion about the future of passwords – some have even declared that the password is obsolete. When I saw that one of my favorite apps, Cover, decided to launch passwordless authentication I was intrigued. I realized what a great experience passwordless auth provided after using it for the first time. Users don’t have to worry about remembering an overly complex… Read More