Twilio and Windows 8: Your Ticket to a Samsung Tablet

September 19, 2011
Written by
John Sheehan
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Last week in Anaheim Microsoft launched the next generation of Windows-based desktop and tablet applications with the introduction of Windows 8, Metro and Windows Runtime. The fortunate Windows developers in attendance received a Samsung Windows 8 tablet computer to start building their apps on. We thought about it and decided that instead of keeping the one we received for ourselves, it would be way more fun to give it to a member of the Twilio developer community!

Here’s what’s at stake for this contest:

Samsung Windows 8 Developer Preview Tablet PC

  • A second generation Intel Core i5 processor
  • An 11.6-inch 1,366 x 768 Samsung Super PLS multitouch display
  • A 64GB SSD
  • 4GB of RAM
  • A dock with a USB, HDMI and Ethernet ports
  • Bluetooth keyboard included
  • 1-year of AT&T 3G Data Service (2gb/month)
  • Windows 8 Developer Preview preinstalled

The Contest

So what do you have to do win this brand spanking new glimpse into the future? We’re looking for the best Twilio app that utilizes any of the new Metro or WinRT stuff announced last week. And because WinRT and Metro are so new and we want to help increase the amount of sample code out there, entries for this contest must be open sourced with a permissive (MIT, BSD, etc) license. You can post the code on your blog, GitHub, CodePlex, or any where else it’s publicly available.

The contest ends Sunday October 2nd at 11:59pm PT and entries can be submitted here. Make sure to include a link to your code with your submission. Twilio staff will determine the best entry based on creativity, originality, commercial viability, completeness and level of integration with WinRT.

What’s This Developer Contest About?

Every other week we launch a new contest to encourage developers to try using Twilio to make the world a better place. As a language agnostic platform for cloud communications, we want developers of every shape, size and stripe to solve problems and grab a little glory using Twilio. To kickstart the creative process, we’ve run these developer contests for over a year.

How To Get Involved

Submissions are accepted via this handy-dandy form. If you need any help or want to bounce some ideas off of other Twilio coders, join us on our forums or just drop a note to