Skip to content


Switch branches/tags

Name already in use

A tag already exists with the provided branch name. Many Git commands accept both tag and branch names, so creating this branch may cause unexpected behavior. Are you sure you want to create this branch?

Latest commit


Git stats


Failed to load latest commit information.
Latest commit message
Commit time

Close Call 📞

Socially embarassing wake up calls.

Local Setup

There are three major components of the service. The Flask web service, the Redis server for scheduling calls, and the C# backend for interacting with Twilio.

These instructions should work for and have been tested on Ubuntu 14.04 (Linux) and OS X (10.10). They should hopefully also work for Windows but that has not been tested yet.

  1. Clone this repo to a directory
  2. Enter the directory

Code blocks are terminal/command line commands You may also want to check out this commit where we move from localhost to our website. Switch everything back to localhost using the same ports we used.

Configuration Information

You need to create a couple of applications and enter configuration information into and caller/credentials.json to get things working right. See their respective sample files to see what they should look like.


Create a developer application and then under that application create a test application. from there you can fill in FACEBOOK_CONSUMER_KEY as the App ID and FACEBOOK_CONSUMER_SECRET as the App Secret in Set the Site URL to your website for production or http://localhost:5000/ for testing. This will allow you to login with Facebook, but won't actually allow posting to be seen by anyone besides yourself and other admins/testers of your developer application.


Create a developer application and set the Web Redirect URL similarly to Facebook, your website for production or http://localhost:5000/ for testing. You can set VENMO_CLIENT_ID to the Application ID and VENMO_CLIENT_SECRET to the Application Secret. Set VENMO_USER_IDS to a list of Venmo User IDs to send money to. These can be obtained from the Venmo API. This will allow you to login with Venmo and send your real money away to real strangers.


Follow the instructions to obtain a free API key and set INDICO_API_KEY in the config.


Follow the instructions here for your respective platform. Once you have the DB running, fill in the MONGO_HOST, MONGO_USER, MONGO_PASS, and MONGO_DB values in the configuration with your host, username, password, and collection to store user data in respectively. I wish you luck.


Sign up with Twilio. Enter your SID, auth token, and Twilio phone number (formatted +14445556666 where +1 is the country code) into caller/credentials.json. You can find those in your Twilio settings.

Application Setup


  1. Install Python 2.7.x.
  2. Install or upgrade pip if needed.
  3. Install virtualenv via pip and create a virtual environment for this project.
  4. Activate the virtual environment with source <virualenv>/bin/activate
  5. pip install -r requirements.txt
  1. Run python to start the Flask server that runs the app.


  1. Open a new terminal window.
  2. Install Redis.
    a. I haven't tested this on Windows. Hopefully it should work. Take a look at this.
    b. We were running Redis 2.8.6 but any version supported by python-rq should work.
  3. Make sure redis-server is running by typing redis-cli ping. If it is you should see PONG as a response.


  1. Open a new terminal window.
  2. Navigate to where you cloned the repo.
  3. Enter your virtualenv for this project.
  4. Run rqscheduler, it will look like nothing is happening. Apparently something is happening.


  1. Open a new terminal window.
  2. Navigate to where you cloned the repo.
  3. Enter your virtualenv for this project.
  4. Point the PYTHONPATH environment variable to the root of the project by doing export PYTHONPATH=/path/to/where/you/cloned/this/repo/close-call
  • For Windows:
    • Open the System control panel (under System and Security)
    • Go to Advanced System Settings
    • Open Environment Variables
    • Either create PYTHONPATH or append the path (if you are appending remember to add a ; between the last path
    • Example path: C:\path\to\where\you\cloned\this\repo\close-call
  1. Run rqworker

Twilio backend

  1. Open a new terminal line window.
  2. Navigate to where you cloned the repo and then go into caller.
  3. Follow the instructions here to set up dnvm and dnx.
  4. Install/upgrade coreclr: dnvm upgrade -r coreclr.
  5. Make sure you are using coreclr as your runtime.
    a. dnvm list. The latest version should have a * next to it. If not type something like: dnvm use 1.0.0-rc1-update1 -a x64 -r coreclr where 1.0.0-rc1-update1 is the latest version of the runtime.
    b. This is also a good time to set the latest version to your default. Type: dnvm alias default 1.0.0-rc1-update1 -a x64 -r coreclr where 1.0.0-rc1-update1 is the latest version of the runtime.
  6. dnu update
  7. dnx web


Wow, you got everything running. Navigate to http://localhost:5000/ in your browser and you should see our awesome front page. Authenticate with Facebook and/or Venmo. Enter a time before now and your phone number (area core, no dashes or parens example 4445556666). If everything was set up correctly you should receive a call. If you hang up depending on what consequence you chose something should appear on your Facebook wall (this is not visible to anyone who hasn't been authorized with your Facebook app) or money should have been sent to one of us (maybe, you may only be able to send money to friends through the Venmo API). If you enter the code then you should be prompted that the consequence has been dropped.