Boxee, Twilio Partner on Developer Contest to "Unite the Telephone and the Television"
In a posting on its corporate blog, Tuesday, over-the-top-TV specialist, Boxee, announced that it is partnering with Twilio, a company that offers a service which allows developers to add SMS and calling functionality to Web applications, to launch a developer contest dubbed the "TV Meets Telephony Hack Challenge."
According to Boxee's blog posting (authored by VP of marketing, Andrew Kippen), the contest--which runs through midnight, April 12th--invites developers to "unite the telephone and the television in an awesome way using Twilio and Boxee." The first prize winner will receive an example of Boxee's new set-top box, the Boxee Box, before it is available in stores, as well as a netbook from Twilio, the company says; the second prize winner will receive a Boxee-ready Acer Revo PC, along with a netbook; and all participating teams/developers will receive Boxee- and Twilio-branded clothing.
Boxee and Twilio are also organizing what they are calling a "29-hour blowout Hack Day" on April 10th at Twilio's offices in San Francisco and Boxee's offices in New York City. According to Boxee's blog post, Boxee and Twilio staff will be on hand to demo API features, answer questions, distribute corporate swag and "get some serious hack on with a marathon, bicoastal coding session linked via Webcam." Boxee's developer resources are located at http://developer.boxee.tv/main_page and Twilio's at http://www.twilio.com/docs/index.