Boxee and Twilio Announce Winners of Developer Contest

--Contest Challenged Developers to "Unite the Telephone and the Television...Using Twilio and Boxee"

Over-the-top-TV specialist, Boxee, has announced the winners of the "TV Meets Telephony Hack Challenge" developer contest that it organized (see the article published on, March 31st) in partnership with Twilio, a company that offers a service which allows developers to add SMS and calling functionality to Web applications. The contest--which ran through midnight, April 12th--invited developers to "unite the telephone and the television in an awesome way using Twilio and Boxee." It was judged by a panel that included Boxee CEO, Avner Ronen; Twilio CEO, Jeff Lawson; Boxee platform chief, Idan Cohen; and Twilio head of marketing, Danielle Morrill.

The first prize winner (garnering its developers a new Boxee Box before it is available in stores and a netbook from Twilio) was "Bring the Popcorn, which was built by Drew Baumann and Brett Hazen, computer science majors at Luther College. The app is intended to enable users to quickly organize a movie party directly from the Boxee platform. "Using a simple interface and leveraging the Twilio API," Boxee says, the app allows users to "add their friends, sort out who brings what, and SMS those friends to see when they are coming over."

The second prize winner (garnering its developer a netbook from Twilio and an Acer Revo from Boxee) was "Find My Phone," which was built by a prolific Boxee developer who goes by the moniker, Fuzz the Destroyer. According to Boxee, the app uses the Twilio API to help users find where they put their phone, via a "clean interface and a wry sense of humor." "Helpful for every Boxee install, this app even helped me find my own handset stuck behind a seat in the airport terminal in which this announcement was written," Boxee's Rob Spectre wrote in a post on the company's blog.

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