TV Meets Telephony Contest

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Boxee + Twilio Developer Contest and Hack Day


Dead excited to announce a very special, friendly competition open to all developers looking to make a splash in the living room. Twilio, an exciting cloud telephony startup in San Francisco, and Boxee, your favorite social media center outfit from New York, are starting the clock now on a joint dev contest that will be running for the next two weeks. Starting now 29 March and ending 12 April at midnight PDT, we're calling on all developers to compete for a treasure trove of prizes by submitting a mashup of Twilio's singular telephony API and the TV experience from Boxee we've all come to know and love.

What kind of treasure, you ask? First place gets a killer netbook from Twilio and will receive a Boxee Box this summer before it is available in stores. Second place will also get a netbook and the Boxee-ready Revo PC from Acer. More special category prizes will be announced over the course of the contest and every developer competing will get the finest in Boxee and Twilio threads.

If that wasn't enough, for the contest's big finale we will be holding a 29-hour blowout Hack Day 10 April at Twilio's offices in SF and Boxee's offices in Manhattan. Crew from both Boxee and Twilio will be on hand to demo API features, answer questions, distribute swag, and, of course, get some serious hack on with a marathon, bicoastal coding session linked via webcam.


How can you get started?

Start by scoping Boxee's developer documentation here:

Boxee Dev Wiki

Or even check out a step-by-step guide to building your first app on my Boxee dev blog here:

Building Your First App

Then check out Twilio's excellent developer resources here:

Twilio Dev Documentation

You can also check out a demonstration app called "Order Pizza" here. Simply unzip in your ~/UserData/apps directory and restart Boxee to use. A full post detailing its development will be available later today.

The only requirement for submissions is that they unite the telephone and the television in an awesome way - any mixture of Twilio and Boxee resources are welcome.

Be sure to stay tuned for more details on our Hack Day on 10 April, more prize announcements and tips and tricks for competing developers.

May the best app win!

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