By: Evan Wheeler & Katharine McFadden 

RapidCon is a conference that brings together technology vendors and partners with the UNICEF Global Innovation Centre to discuss the technical evolution of RapidPro’s architecture. RapidCon provides a way to orient new vendors on LTAs (long-term agreements for services) to the RapidPro ecosystem and to identify vendor strengths, interests, and opportunities to engage with RapidPro and related products.

John Cordiero discusses Ilhasoft’s use of RapidPro within smartphone apps.
John Cordiero discusses Ilhasoft’s use of RapidPro within smartphone apps.

Since last year’s RapidCon, there have been over 800 pull requests which correspond to new features, performance and bug fixes, and about 95% test coverage. An additional 12 vendors are on LTAs for software development services.  

This year’s conference took place in Amsterdam after the Django Under the Hood conference, which many vendors, suppliers, and partners were already planning to attend.

John Cordiero discusses Ilhasoft’s use of RapidPro within smartphone apps
John Cordiero discusses Ilhasoft’s use of RapidPro within smartphone apps

24 participants representing 11 companies participated in this year’s RapidCon including a mix of RapidPro experts and developers who were new to the platform. The conference opened with overviews of various products and platforms (RapidPro, CasePro, TracPro, Surveyor, U-Report public website, U-Report smartphone apps, the U-Report data warehouse project, Vumi, Junebug, Aldryn), to sharing projects such as the USAID flow interoperability and tools used like UNICEF’s eTools.

Additionally, plenary discussions included versioning, cloud and local hosting, the community, and postgres scaling while also having break-out sessions held on GCM/Firebase channel for RapidPro, CasePro, and primitives/ multimedia messaging.

Outcomes from RapidCon

  • A Firebase channel for RapidPro
  • Identified and scoped work on the additional development of TracPro and CasePro

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