I just got back from Signal 2017, the Twilio conference. First off, you will probably ask “What’s Twilio?”; I get that a lot.
Twilio provides an ever expanding range of telecomm services – phone numbers, SIP phone connections, SMS, video, notifications, chat and so on. They have a developer focus, so if you just want a landline for your house, you don’t want to come here unless you are a total geek*.
I became interested in Twilio when I was designing the “Vastra” phone system, I started using their Elastic SIP trunking service.
Then I found out about their non-profit grants and got one for Geo-CEG. Now Geo-CEG has a public number and a simple IVR (“Press 1 for Brian, ” etc) at no cost to us. I am currently cooking up a project with the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation to help them with outreach. No idea what it will be yet. Maybe something cool, maybe nothing at all!
A lot of what Saron said in “Lucky” resonated with me, sometimes I feel sorry for myself because of some insignificant set back and have to push back and say “hey, your whole life has been one long pleasure cruise!” I do lots of volunteer work to give back, in my own way, and to support things I believe in.
Regarding Lauren’s “At-Home…”, tech is fun, but it’s causing people to draw themselves into what I see more and more as a destructive mindspace. She seems to be realizing this, and has a goal of helping people manage the information overload. I need to find out more about Listen and specifics about what she is trying to do.
In the meantime I am doing what I always do. Trying to find a path to enlightenment and trying to solve problems with tech even though I know it is not a long term fix for anything. We need a shift in consciousness.
* Did I mention my landline for my house is a Twilio SIP trunk running into one of the 4 existing Vastra phone systems?