Twilio Hackathon at the Syracuse Student Sandbox this Saturday (July 28th)

This Saturday, talented developers from Upstate New York universities (including Syracuse, RIT & Binghamton), and also the StartFast Venture Accelerator, will come together to participate in the Syracuse Student Sandbox’s Twilio themed hackathon. Twilio, a Sandbox sponsor, is a cloud communications Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) company based in San Francisco, who’s API allows developers to programmatically leverage conventional telephony services. That is to say, the API allows developers to build applications that can both make and receive phone calls, and also send and receive SMS messages (author’s note: I think it’s the coolest thing ever, and have built a couple of applications with it myself).

The rules: 

There’s only one rule: all teams that come together at the hackathon must leverage the Twilio API in some capacity. In other words, all teams have the autonomy to build whatever they want, using whatever tools they’d like (including other APIs), so long as they use the Twilio API for at least one feature.

The prizes: 

The Sandbox will be awarding a number of nifty prizes all well suited to satisfy the needs of your inner geek.

Food and drink:

The Sandbox will be providing plenty of food, loads of caffeine and of course, adult beverages for those 21 years of age and older. I.e. all of the critical nutritional elements necessary to ensure a hacker is on top of his/her game.


What: Twilio Hackathon
When: Saturday July 28th from 10:30am to 9pm
Where: Syracuse Student Sandbox
Who: All students are welcome. If you’re not a developer, no sweat! Feel free to come, share your ideas and learn as much as you can at an accelerated rate!


Other resources:

Here are some promising companies using Twilio for their products today:

Hobbyists using Twilio:
Code for America is encouraging hackathon attendees to consider building a Twilio-powered civic application. Find out more about civic hacking and resources for building a civic app here.


If you have any questions, please drop me an email ( or feel free to tweet me (@dougiebuckets). I will be live tweeting the event. Looking forward to seeing you there 😉

  • Deven Pitcher

    How big can the teams be? is 5 too many?

    • Doug Crescenzi

      Nah, that shouldn’t be a problem at all.