I’m not sure why I didn’t blog about winning my Twilio track jacket when it happened, back in June 2012.
One of the coolest things that happens when you join Twilio is you have to build a Twilio powered app. It doesn’t matter if you are in a non technical role, or have never written a line of code in your life. Not only that, but you then have to demo the app in front of the whole company during our weekly Wednesday night dinner. Only then do you win the coveted track jacket. It’s just the best way to learn about the Twilio API, and an insight into how seriously Twilio take their company culture.
For my app I created this voice app to provide a phone line for the audience of my Podcast to interact with the show – The BANGLine. Its a simple IVR with multi options for the caller to select using their phone keypad. The caller is welcomed by a personalised recording of myself and co-host Chris Book, and is then walked through the IVR options by the Twilio “Alice” robot voice. Callers can leave a message for the show, listen to an archive episode, and request an SMS with all of our contact information, amongst other things.
Try it out by calling +44 20 3322 2264
I’ve put the code into a GitHub Repo so you can re-use it. This project could easily be forked for use in any small business.
Have fun, and if you have any questions, just shout.
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