Bee’s knees! What Cheer’s Bumble wins Twilio contest

On Tuesday, Twilio released the winners of its Twilio Client Developer Contest, and What Cheer's Bumble took home one of the five winning titles. Bumble …

What Cheer’s John Hobbs, John Henry Müller and Alex Gates created Bubmle, the VoIP app that became the web design studio’s first product. Screenshot from Twitter.

On Tuesday, Twilio released the winners of its Twilio Client Developer Contest, and What Cheer‘s Bumble took home one of the five winning titles.

Bumble, the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) app designed for children (see our previous post What Cheer abuzz with Bumble, a home phone app for children), was submitted to the contest on Aug. 7. The contest coincided with the July 26 release of Twilio Client, a set of developer tools that opens an “audio pipe” from a web or mobile app.

With a quick turnaround for participants, the overwhelming number of quality entries had the folks at Twilio saying it was “the hardest contest we’ve ever had to judge.” They selected five winners, who were rewarded with a ticket to the Twilio Conference and a MacBook Air. But of all the winners, Bumble may have walked away with the most bragging rights. In an article from ProgrammableWeb Resources, the source mentioned one of the five winners is already charging for its services, moving beyond the competition and into a revenue-generating project. That one winner: Bumble. 

Below we’ve included the complete list of winners from the Twilio Client Developer Contest blog. Check out the great ideas coming from all the champs and continue to listen for more buzz from Bumble. 

Described by its creators, Cristina Fonseca and Tiago Paiva, as the Zendesk for voice, and built in just 10 days, TalkDesk allows companies to manage support calls from the browser. We liked it because it has an intuitive interface and tight integration into several systems, like Zendesk and Salesforce. Watch the video below to see it in action.

Bringing developers into the office for job interviews is expensive and time consuming. Using Koderank to do an online coding interview before an in-person visit can save a company time and money. Koderank was created by Antonio Rodriguez and allows the interviewer can set up a shared whiteboard where both the interviewer and developer can write and view code in real time as well as speak to each other throughout the interview.

Mobile phones have become so popular that many families are eschewing “home phones” altogether. Unfortunately, this means that children must then rely on their parent’s cell phones to call loved ones. Alex Gates created the Bumble phone to solve this problem. Bumble is a safe and simple way for children to make phone calls from a kid-friendly interface to a predefined list of phone numbers set up by their parents.

Call tracking allows companies to track metrics about phone calls (like call time, caller location, etc.), which help them learn what works and what doesn’t. With RingDNA’s call tracking platform, sales reps can easily handle incoming leads from either their browser or phone. We liked it because of its tight integration to Salesforce and ease of use for both incoming and outgoing calls. Kyle Roche (its creator), gives a quick walkthrough of RingDNA in the video below.

Flow Preview
OpenVBX allows users to create powerful call flows easily using a drag-and-drop flow editor, but testing those flows meant calling into the Twilio number and going through the flow over the phone. Using Aaron Porter’s Flow Preview plugin, users can now preview call flows right from the flow editor—no need to dial a number or even save the flow!



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