Bristol-based software development and startup accelerator Simpleweb have a history of holding great hack nights, and the one coming up at the end of this month should be no different. In just 3 and a bit hours developers, experienced or new to the game, will be able to show off their coding prowess on Simpleweb’s own Rusic social campaign tool with the chance to win prizes for the best creation.

It’s great fun. We know because we went to the last one earlier this year at the Simpleweb offices located just around the corner from Spike Island. At the event the hackers were charged with making something cool with Twilio – a service enabling developers to build complex communications systems enabling phones, VoIP and SMS to be embedded into apps and websites.

Beer, chilli, coding and tunes

phil nash twilioChilli and beer was provided, tunes were being laid down from a double deck, and a Twilio expert, in the form of Phil Nash, Developer Evangelist at Twilio, pictured left, (who you may recognise if you went to the Bath Ruby conference as he was the main presenter), was on hand to help out.

There was an astonishing array of impressive apps created that evening, including a way to play Space Invaders using your phone as a controller, one that stopped spam phone calls by requiring CAPTCHA-like authentication for callers to get through, a drinking game involving Chuck Norris, a phone-powered weather service, the ability to stream a song by SMS, fortunes by text and a way to confess your sins over the phone, among many others.

Not to mention Simpleweb developer Adam who used the time to make an app which let him control a drone using his phone:


The overall winner was Jamie Maddocks who created Brglr, a Twilio-powered intruder detection application that uses your laptop’s webcam to detect intruders. Brglr will then text an image of a potential intruder to your phone.


Prize winning app: Jamie Maddocks catches an intruder with Brglr

You can see a lot more about what was created on the night at Simpleweb’s blog post on the Twilio Hack night  as well as the blog offering up some great info on start-up funding and other interesting info. You can sign up for free for the next Simpleweb Hack day at the Simpleweb meetup Group, and keep up to date with them on Twitter: @Simpleweb