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Announcing A Conversation with President Barack Obama at Twilio SIGNAL 2020

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Twilio (NYSE:TWLO), the leading cloud communications platform, today announced a lineup of special guests for SIGNAL, its annual customer and developer conference, including President Obama and comedian and host of “The Daily Show” Trevor Noah. Celebrating its sixth year, SIGNAL will take place virtually on September 30 and October 1, 2020. To register for a free Explorer pass visit

Expounding on Twilio’s mission of powering digital engagement through seamless communications, SIGNAL will explore how developers across the enterprise are building the new standard for customer engagement. The event will include expert speaker sessions, hands-on workshops, product deep dives, dynamic panels, networking opportunities, exclusive access to upcoming Twilio products and much more.

On Thursday, October 1, Twilio CEO Jeff Lawson will be joined by special guest President Obama for “A Conversation with President Barack Obama.” President Obama took office at a moment of crisis unlike any America had seen in decades – a nation at war, a planet in peril, the American Dream itself threatened by the worst economic calamity since the Great Depression. And yet, despite all manner of political obstruction, President Obama’s leadership helped rescue the economy, revitalize the American auto industry, reform the healthcare system to cover another twenty million Americans, and put the country on a firm course to a clean energy future – all while overseeing the longest stretch of job creation in American history.

Twilio CFO Khozema Shipchandler will host comedian and host of “The Daily Show” Trevor Noah for a conversation about his path to becoming a household name across the globe. Trevor Noah is the most successful comedian in Africa and is the host of the Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central. This conversation will take place on the second day of SIGNAL, October 1, at 12:30pm for all free and paid tickets.

This year, SIGNAL will feature:

  • Special guests including President Obama, Trevor Noah and Bill Nye. Visit the website for more details leading up to SIGNAL, including speakers from Nike, Delta Air Lines, EY, United Way, Deloitte and more.
  • Interactive sessions and workshops exploring how enterprises can accelerate use of technology to solve even the most complex communication and customer experience challenges of the post-pandemic world.
  • A reimagined Superclass where developers will receive hands-on access to new Twilio products, 1:1 training with industry experts and opportunities to uplevel Twilio skillsets.
  • A preview of Twilio CEO Jeff Lawson’s upcoming book, Ask Your Developer, a playbook for unleashing the power of developers in any organization, which will hit shelves in January 2021.

Conference Tracks

Dissecting the urgent need for digital transformation in the enterprise, over 5,000 of the world’s sharpest minds will come together to discuss, design and build the new normal of customer engagement at SIGNAL. Attendees will learn techniques for meeting unprecedented consumer demand for exceptional communications experiences, discuss how to foster diversity, inclusion and belonging in the workplace, and learn how to enhance strategies for IoT, contact center and email.

Code of Conduct

Twilio SIGNAL is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or religion (or lack thereof). Twilio does not tolerate harassment of conference participants or staff at any time nor in any form.

About Twilio

Millions of developers around the world have used Twilio to unlock the magic of communications to improve any human experience. Twilio has democratized communications channels like voice, text, chat, video and email by virtualizing the world’s communications infrastructure through APIs that are simple enough for any developer to use, yet robust enough to power the world’s most demanding applications. By making communications a part of every software developer’s toolkit, Twilio is enabling innovators across every industry — from emerging leaders to the world’s largest organizations — to reinvent how companies engage with their customers.