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Morning Joy

Wake up to a happy text every day! Morning Joy lets you start each day on a good note by texting you an uplifting news story and a picture of something cute.

This was created for the Twilio x DEV Hackathon. See the submission post.

Installation

Sign up for a Twilio account (feel free to use my referral link to get a $10 credit) and buy a phone number.

Sign up for an Amazon Web Services account and create a new AWS Lambda function. Choose the Node.js runtime.

Clone this repo and run yarn install. Then run zip -r lambda.zip . -x *.git* to generate a ZIP file to upload into the Lambda function.

Add the following environment variables to the function:

  • DESTINATION_PHONE_NUMBER (the phone number that should receive the text)
  • TWILIO_ACCOUNT_SID (from the Twilio dashboard)
  • TWILIO_AUTH_TOKEN (from the Twilio dashboard)
  • TWILIO_PHONE_NUMBER (the number that you purchased).

Be aware that Twilio expects phone numbers to be in E.164 format (e.g. "+12348889999").

Add a CloudWatch Events trigger with a schedule expression like cron(0 10 * * ? *), which will fire the function every day at 10 a.m. UTC. Adjust the schedule as you would like it.

Enjoy the texts!

License

MIT