Glific: Our journey in adopting and working with Elixir

Speaker:
Akhilesh Negi


Speaker:
Mohd Shamoon


Abstract:

In our session, we’ll share about our journey at Project Tech4Dev in building Glific using Elixir. Glific is an open-source, WhatsApp-based, two-way communication platform for non-profit organizations. It helps these organizations increase their reach and impact on the communities they serve. . Glific has split tech architecture, with the backend running on Elixir using Phoenix framework and the frontend on React. It is a multi-tenant application that simplifies maintenance and reduces costs.

Glific development started during the pandemic when physical interaction with end-users was restricted and an alternate communication medium was needed. We chose Whatsapp due to it’s popularity in the Global South countries. Today, Glific is used by over 100 non-profits in India, with more than 100 concurrent instances running. We’ll share more on how non-profit organizations are using Glific to have high-quality, relevant, and timely communication with their communities at a minimal cost.

Key takeaways:

  • How we develop, deploy, and maintain an open-source Elixir project used in the Indian social sector. What are the advantages we see to using Elixir and related tools that make open-source SaaS-based platform delivery affordable and accessible to everyone

Audience:

  • Elixir Enthusiasts, Open source contributors, People interested in the social sector.

Level: Introductory and overview

Tags: Elixir Chatbot, Open Source, Social Sector

Format: In-person