And the winner is... Michael Ansel!

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Congratulations to Michael who’s the winner of our Heroku+Twilio Developer contest. Michael got seriously busy, and submitted not one but two projects for the contest!

The first is a handy app that tells students, faculty, employees, and visitors at Duke University which places on campus are currently open. Simply call in, and it’ll read you back a list of open restaurants, libraries etc. There’s even a keypad-based search option. Seriously cool stuff! You can try it on the Twilio sandbox by calling (866) 583-6913 and entering 4456-8772 when prompted for a PIN.

If that wasn’t enough, Michael also hammered out a suite of Ruby development tools for Twilio, including a TwiML Response libary, a TwiMl parser and a web based call simulator. All very impressive work, and available for you to use on Github.

Michael, we hope you’ll enjoy your spiffy new Netbook and $300 in Heroku platform credit. You truly deserve it! Last but not least, a big thanks goes out to everyone who played in the contest – keep building cool stuff!

Develop a Voice App with Twilio + Heroku, Win a Netbook

Not too long ago building telephony apps, such as interactive voice response systems, was far out of reach for most web developers. Now, an exciting crop of new startups is rapidly changing that, making it easy to incorporate voice capabilities into any web app, or even build standalone voice apps.

Twilio is emerging as one the leading companies in this area, offering a a REST API for building voice apps.

The model is simple: sign up for a number with Twilio. When a call comes in, Twilio makes an HTTP request to URL of your choice, containing information about the phone call. The processing logic resides entirely inside your web app, and instructions are passed back and forth using XML.

To help kick off this new era of voice-enabled applications, Heroku is co-sponsoring this week’s edition of Twilio’s Developer Contest. The rules are simple – develop a Twilio app in Ruby, deploy it to Heroku and submit your entry by midnight on July 13th. The lucky winner gets a netbook and $300 in Heroku platform credit to spend on dynos, database, or add-ons. This page has all the info you need, including links to example code on Github and a screencast showing how it works. We look forward to seeing the entries!

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