Pound For Pound, Text for Text: FitMeal Tracks Your Calories via Twilio SMS


The culmination of Georges Duverger’s quest to lose weight took place on Vice’s Snapchat feed. Georges gained weight the way many tech employees gain weight. He was working long, stressful hours and traditionally went for the easiest food option, which is rarely the healthiest option. After doing this for years, he decided he needed to find a way to lose weight using a tool he knew… Read More

Code For America Cuts Food Stamp Application Process From Hours To Minutes With Twilio SMS + Front


There’s no good way to sugar coat it. California has the second lowest food stamp participation rate in the U.S. It’s a big problem, and a complex problem to solve. But if there’s anyone well equipped to help the government work better for its citizens it’s Code For America (CfA). An Insurmountable Food Stamp Application, A Determined Team Code For America fellows Jacob Solomon, David Guarino… Read More

Breaking Down Barriers : mRelief Checks Food Stamp Eligibility via Twilio SMS


For economically disadvantaged people in Chicago, getting help isn’t as easy as you would think. The devil is in the logistical hassles. The City of Chicago offers food stamps for those who need them. But, getting to the government office responsible for granting you eligibility can mean three bus trips and taking a half day off work. When you add in a few hours long wait… Read More

Inspiring Entrepreneurship Through Music: Building Beats Empowers Kids


When I was in college, I traded music theory lessons with my roommate in exchange for coding lessons. He was majoring in Computer Science, busy writing and defending mathematical proofs. I was studying Music, busy writing and defending compositions written under the constraint of olden counterpoint species. We saw the two disciplines as similarly centered around learning a language through tremendous practice and then making it… Read More

Common SMS Problems and How to Solve Them, Part 1


Most of us don’t think to question whether or not the pictures or emojis in our text message will get through to the person on the other end. Nor do we pause to break up a long message into several parts in order to ensure messages go through in the correct order. Rather, we expect exactly what seems like the obvious: that our message will be… Read More

20,000 Text Messages Under the Sea with OpenROV, Node.js and Twilio


Meet Rovie. Rovie is our underwater robotic friend here at Twilio: Rovie and Brent. Rovie is the one on the left. Over the past couple months myself and fellow Developer Evangelist Brent Schooley have been teaching Rovie to swim and send underwater pictures whenever she gets a text message.  Last week at That Conference we took Rovie to her first party and he enjoyed swimming in the beautiful pool at… Read More

Kit Lets Your Control Your CRM Via Text With Twilio


Michael Perry built his business from a simple audience targeting app, to a full fledged CRM you can control with a text. The whole development process only took around 18 months. Kit CRM is moving fast. But things could always go faster for Perry. In his closing words in our email interview he joked that “San Francisco wasn’t built in a day.” Indeed it wasn’t. But,… Read More

Development In Developing Countries: Trek Medics Builds Avenues For Health Care with Twilio


What if 911 wasn’t an option for you? It’s a terrifying thought knowing that in a moment of need, there would be no ambulances blaring, no EMTs piling into trucks, and no emergency helicopter coming. That’s a reality for people in developing countries. It’s a reality that the folks at Trek Medics are working to change. But changing that requires confronting a few unfortunate truths. Here… Read More

Here’s What An Arduino and Twilio Powered Telegraph Looks Like


I hate voicemail. That’s why I text my friends. Sorry, I should elaborate. I mean I text a Twilio number that interfaces with Arduino to translate my text message into morse code which is then tapped out by an old telegraph. Is my means of communication uncommon? Yes. Is it pretty rad? Yes. Am I abusing sarcastic rhetorical questions? Most definitely. Noam Zomerfeld, a design student… Read More