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Building USSD & SMS Apps with Vumi and NodeJS

  • Apr 29, 2014 · 6:00 PM

With Africa and our limited connectivity, more and more consumers are only reachable via their mobile phones - a majority of those being feature phones. With this in mind, USSD and SMS are powerful channels to help ensure that everyone is able to use the great apps you create. 

Vumi ( will be giving a presentation on their v0.2.x sandbox on which your NodeJS script can be run to handle these channels. Be it a simple example of just receiving SMS's or hosting your own USSD menu (think *100#). 

Hosted by Simon Cross (, who you might know from PyconZA.

Join us to learn how to build these services and to find out what your options are, when using NodeJS. A few innovative systems have been built using Vumi, which are reaching large audiences, due to the low barrier to entry of using SMS and USSD services.

Some of these include: 

• Wikipedia Zero

• Mama South Africa 

• Switchboard Tanzania

View more at


Big thanks to the Cape Town Garage ( for sponsoring the venue.

If you want to sponsor or know of a someone to sponsor some snacks / drinks for the event please get in touch.

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  • Allen

    Enjoyed it, excited about vumi go platform - can't wait to use it and see how it performs compared to standard aggregators! Learned a few new tricks, like sandboxing with Node's vm and

    April 30, 2014

  • Johann du T.

    Hope your all looking forward to tomorrow. Feel free to rock up any time from 18:00. We are looking to start just before 19:00.

    It's the fourth floor of the Woodstock exchange. Just ask the security guard to let you up with the elevator.

    April 28, 2014

  • Riana

    May I come just to observe? I am new to NodeJS and would like to learn what it is about. :)

    April 1, 2014

    • Riana

      YAHOO! Thanks! :D

      April 2, 2014

    • Riana

      Sorry! I will no longer be able to make it. I was booked for a lesson!

      April 28, 2014

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