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This past week we got to attend an awesome tech conference, Signal by Twilio. Twilio is a business to developer company that enables communication through Voice, Video, Messaging and Aunthenticarion via their API services. The conference took place in downtown San Francisco on Pier 27.

The main purpose for attending was to take a closer look into how Twilio empowers their developers and learn how their platform could benefit future development projects.

For those that do not know, Twilio is a company that builds products for developers. Their API's and developer tools allow us to create applications and services that can connect to Text Messages, Voice over IP services, easy two factor Authentication, and so on. If you receive a text from an automated system; chances are that is powered by Twilio.

To get the conference kicked off, Twilio launched a few new platforms for developers to use. The coolest being programmable SIM cards.

Twilio Signal 2016: Programmable Wireless

These cards give developers access to a device on par with a cell phone carrier. These SIM cards give IOT devices a way to communicate while still being mobile.

"We believe the world needs thousands of micro-carriers".
Jeff Lawson (CEO Twilio)

The conference was broken up by thirty minute talks in six different rooms. Topics for talks included; voice and messaging, real-time communications, IOT, security, bots and scaling. For the most part we stuck with attending; voice and messaging, IOT, and bot sessions.

Most of the sessions we went to were interesting and we want to highlight the top moments here.

  1. Twilio Fund: How to Raise Capital: As an entrepreneur you don't have to be in Silicon Valley, but building a business is all about making connections and finding the right people. Silicon Valley can help accelerate finding these people for your company. You have to be where your customers are.
    Twilio Signal 2016: Twilio Fund
  2. 27 Rules for Compelling Bots: A bot is just an application that lives in a messaging tool and becomes more powerful when context aware. If your bot can save 100 people 1min/day, that saves 300 hours a year. Bots, like apps, will be everywhere!
  3. HTTP2 Asynchronous API's: HTTP/2.0 gives the web a few new features. It uses binary, rather than text, allowing for much smaller headers. One of the coolest new features is Server Push. If a user requests the home page, you can return the HTML, CSS and JS files for not only the home page, but also any other resources the website seems fit, such as the next page the user will click. It supports multiplexing, which is concurrent server requests. We've come up with a bunch of hacks to work around HTTP/1, like minification of assets, AJAX requests, etc. Using HTTP/2 solves all these issues and gets rid of the need for these hacks.
  4. Technical Blogging To Build Your Digital Presence: Ayuna Vogel spoke on how important it is to blog about what you know. It can help your career, grow an audience, help others, and makes great reference material. Write about; what you've learned recently, what someone taught you, what you taught someone else or even lessons learned from failure. Use short paragraphs and separate content with media. One way to draft a post is to use: Background, Problem, Solution. Once you're ready to publish, post to social media and cross post to LinkedIn & Medium.

We learned a ton at the conference and plan on writing a tutorial explaining how we can integrate Twilio into your product or service to enable seamless customer interactions.