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Twilio 201: Build Your First App

Learn to build apps using the Twilio API.

Workshop Overview

  • Beginner
  • 1.5h - 2h
  • JavaScript, APIs, Twilio

Learning Objectives

  • Build an SMS app using Twilio

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About this Workshop

During this workshop, you’ll guide participants through developing their own Twilio app that can text them memes!

Build a Twilio App

In this workshop, participants clone a simple memes app and create a Twilio account. They can text a number and receive back a random meme, gif, or any piece of content they want. Through this simple application, they’ll become familiar with the Twilio SMS API, how to use the Twilio console, and JavaScript programming.

What’s Twilio?

Twilio provides numerous APIs anyone can use to build intelligent communications. Create a text-based registration app using the Messaging API, or send a survey using the Voice API. Build a chat application for your event using the Chat API, or use Authy to implement account verification.

Requirements / Prerequisites

While no background knowledge is required, familiarity with basic web development concepts will be helpful.

System Requirements:


When you host an MLH Localhost activity, we’ll send you everything you need to run it. Here’s what we’ll send you:

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Resources & Downloads


Participants can check out Glitch before the workshop starts!


Twilio API

Participants can read more about the Twilio API too!

Twilio API

Get Started

The hackers are waiting for you.

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