SOURCE: Twilio


January 28, 2015 05:00 ET

Twilio Announces First Round of Speakers for Signal, The Modern Communications Conference

Two-Day Event to Include Targeted Content, Hands-On-Workshops, and Activities Designed to Inspire, Equip Innovation in Communication

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Jan 28, 2015) - Twilio, the software and cloud-based communications platform, today announced the first round of speakers for Signal, the modern communications conference. The event, which will be held at San Francisco's historic Fort Mason, May 19 and 20, 2015 will include in-depth technical sessions as well as insights from organizations that embed communications to differentiate and create unique customer experiences. To learn more and to take advantage of early-bird pricing, visit,

"Signal is about the future of communications. And it's an event where developers and innovators can meet and share how they're bringing the power of software and the cloud to communications," said Jeff Lawson, Twilio co-founder and CEO. "We'll help people learn new ways to craft modern communication experiences with deep dives into the latest development approaches. Developers will get the knowledge and access they need to start building and refining their own applications. We can't wait to see what they will build next!"

Attendees at Signal will see the latest progress in software and cloud communications and have the opportunity to talk with engineers developing the technology. They'll hear from industry experts shaping the future of communications with WebRTC, distributed computing and API design. They'll get tips and best practices on building communications solutions using composable APIs. And they'll gain insights on how to transition from standalone to integrated communications and learn which solutions have the biggest impact in terms of cost savings, revenue generation, and customer loyalty.

Speakers announced today include:

Leah Culver - Developer Advocate at Dropbox. Leah is an iOS and Python developer with a passion for the Swift programming language. She has co-founded several startups, including Pownce, Convore, and, and has co-authored both the OAuth and OEmbed open API specifications.

Jia Huang - Jia is a co-founder of Technical Machine, the company that built Tessel. Tessel is a JavaScript development board that started off as a project in a college dorm room and eventually ended up as a product after a successful crowdfunding campaign.

Jimmy Jacobson - full stack developer and a co-founder of After years of working at high traffic e-commerce sites like Zappos and, Jimmy wanted to apply the engineering lessons learned to online voting, thus Wedgies was born!

Doug McKenzie - Doug is a professional magician and developer. He's known to integrate incorporate smart phones, use communications API and other technologies into his illusions. In addition to his live shows, Doug consults and produces television magic shows for the likes of David Blaine in the US and Dynamo in the UK.

Patrick McKenzie - Patrick McKenzie is the founder of Appointment Reminder, a bootstrapped SaaS business which sends appointment reminder phone calls, text messages, and emails to the clients of professional services businesses. AR is used in hundreds of hospitals, law firms, and trades businesses across the US and Canada.

Guillermo Rauch - former CTO and co-founder of LearnBoost and Cloudup, acquired by in 2013. Guillermo is the creator of, the most popular OSS real-time framework and one of the most popular JavaScript projects on GitHub. He's the author of "Smashing Node.JS" published by Wiley in 2012, best-selling book about Node.JS

Kenneth Reitz - Kenneth Reitz is the product owner of Python at Heroku and a fellow at the Python Software Foundation. Kenneth focuses on software development, photography, and music production. He is well known for his many open source software projects,

Alan Shreve - Systems engineer, hacker, and entrepreneur. Alan has built distributed systems, roguelikes, networking protocols and operating system kernels. He is best known as the creator of the popular developer tool, ngrok.

Craig Walker - CEO and co-founder of Switch Communications, a San Francisco start up focused on building the next generation of enterprise communications products. A winner of TechCrunch Disrupt, Craig and his team recently launched a cloud-based, business phone system for Google Apps users. 

Elliot Gardiner and Adam Varga -Elliot is a Datalot Software Engineer by day, node.js coder, websockets aficionado and user of the Twilio API. Adam leads engineering efforts for Datalot's call center and text messaging products. Together, they use Twilio a lot!

Early-bird pricing of $299 is now available. Registration includes an all access pass to learn from Twilio and industry developers and engineers, Twilio partners and the innovative businesses who are leveraging Twilio today. 

About Twilio
Twilio makes communications easy and powerful. With Twilio's platform, businesses can make communications more relevant and contextual by integrating voice, messaging and WebRTC capabilities directly into their software applications. We are re-inventing the $1.6 trillion communications market, taking it from its 150-year legacy in hardware to its future in software.

Our platform has more than 400,000 registered developers and is used in more than one million unique software applications. Industry disruptors like Uber, Airbnb, Trulia, Box and Zendesk, and enterprises like Coca-Cola Enterprises, Walmart, Home Depot, Intuit and Alaska Airlines, trust Twilio to power and innovate their communications at global scale.

Founded in 2008, Twilio is privately-held and has over 300 employees with offices in San Francisco, Mountain View, New York City and London. The company has raised over $100M from leading venture investors such as Bessemer, Redpoint and Union Square.

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