This week, cloud communications service provider Twilio (a ProgrammableWeb sponsor) made two announcements: first, that it had passed 100,000 developer accounts, and second, that it's running a contest to celebrate. However, unlike many of Twilio's past contests--which required developers to "build something awesome" using the Twilio API--this one just asks you to share your own "milestone moments" in a short video or e-mail.
As detailed in the Twilio blog and Milestone Contest Rules, they want to hear personal stories from "DOers" who are using the Twilio service to build voice and SMS applications. Unlike past developer contests, instead of submitting an app, participants will submit a short video of two minutes or less describing "a milestone in your programming or business life." The contest page includes several examples from Twilio employees and developers, plus a handy embedded video recorder. (If you'd rather not be on camera, they also accept text-only entries by e-mail.)
If you want to enter, don't sweat the particulars of your milestone story too much--entries will be reviewed to make sure they meet eligibility requirements, but then three winners will be selected at random to receive the grand prize: an all-expense-paid trip to TwilioCon 2012 in October. That's two minutes of work for the chance to win a $1,000 prize. What developer doesn't like that ROI ratio?
The Twilio Milestone Contest ends at midnight on Monday, July 12th. Enter at http://ahoy.twilio.com/milestones .