Send SMS using Twilio for G-Calendar Events using Naas Template

Send SMS using Twilio for G-Calendar Events using Naas Template

Introduction to

Naas (Notebooks as a service) is a low-code open-source data & AI platform that empowers anyone working with data (analysts, scientists, and engineers) to create powerful data solutions combining automation, analytics, and AI from the comfort of their Jupyter notebooks utilizing the power of low-code formulas and microservices.

To make the life cycle simpler yet more powerful you can choose from a set of pre-built templates that perform a particular task and are free to modify them as per the use case. You could find a list of all the templates available (currently more than 600)๐Ÿ‘‡

All these notebooks follow a particular flow i.e. IMO framework. Meaning it follows the Input-Model-Output format where we take the input initially, perform functions on the inputs based on the desired task and then produce the output based on the model. This makes every template easily understandable and gives it a structure that makes it easy to play around and debug code.

Today we are going to utilize one of the templates that are used to send notifications for new recurring events created using Google Calendar. So whenever the event approaches be it any frequency we shall send an SMS to the user to remind them about the event. Though a calendar sends us notifications you need to be online to receive the notifications. Hence sending event notifications through SMS will be to the rescue. With this context let's set up the Twilio account.

Setup Naas Account

  1. Head to and sign up for a new account. You will be provided with 100 credits per month to work on the Naas platform.

  2. Then create a new notebook by clicking the + icon in the top-left corner

    After this step, you are good to proceed further.

Setup Twilio Account

  1. Head to and sign up for a new account.

  2. After successful login, copy the Account SID and Auth token and store them in a safe place, thanks to the Naas secrets feature.

  3. Then get a new Twilio phone number. This guide helps you to get a new one.

  4. Then verify your phone number from the Twilio dashboard because, for a free trial account, Twilio allows you to send messages and make calls only to the verified numbers.

  5. Make sure to save: the Twilio account sid, auth token, and phone number as it will be needed in steps further.

Getting credentials from the Google Cloud

This is one of the most important steps and make sure to perform the steps in the same order to avoid committing any mistakes.

  1. Head to and click on the drop-down and select `New Project`.

  2. Give a unique name to create a new free cloud project

    It takes some time to allocate the resources for the project. So make sure to wait for some time until the project is established successfully.

  3. On the left panel click on API & Services tab and enable Google Calendar API.

    Make sure that it has API Enabled and has a green tick.

  4. Click on Manage, then navigate to Credentials on the left pane and create a select Create Credentials -> OAuth Client ID. Follow Step-4 in this guide for further reference. If you are prompted to Configure the consent screen then follow these steps:

    • Choose the User type as External :

    • Then fill in the mandatory fields like App name, User support email, and Email addresses are at the bottom.

      Then click on SAVE AND CONTINUE and move to the next step.

    • Then click on Add or remove scopes and select the correct scope for this we shall require Google Calendar /auth/calendar scope. If they are different feel free to choose the one's according to your project. Also, they can be modified even after they are created.

      Then select Update button.

    • Then click on Save and continue until you reach Back to dashboard. Then proceed with steps ahead.

  5. Click Application type -> Desktop app. In the name field, make sure to give it a unique name.

  6. Click Create. The OAuth client-created screen appears, showing your new Client ID and Client secret.

  7. Save the downloaded JSON file as secrets.json. It should like something similar (not the same actually)๐Ÿ‘‡

  8. Then download the .json file generated and store it in the same directory of the notebook inside the Naas platform.

Then you are all set to proceed further ๐Ÿš€

Running the script

You can find the template here. You can download it and upload it on the Naas platform. You don't need to have any local setup requirements as Naas is cloud-based and it's taken care of by the platform.

Then you need to place the secrets.json in the same directory as the notebook. All then you need to do is replace the input variables with your values which you might have stored in the Naas platform using the secret feature or any other place where you have stored the file. Then you could run the notebook as shown in the demo.

If you don't face any errors then pat yourself. You have done a great job and learned about twilio sms service, the google cloud platform, and dealing with google calendar API, working on Naas platforms and using its features like secret, templates, and IMO framework. Thanks for staying till the end, if you like our work then give us a star and feel free to contribute to the templates if you have any interesting use cases on your mind create a new issue or pick up issues and let's take it forward from there.