iOS + Android | Live Streaming | Video On Demand (VOD)

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Winner of Four Davey Awards

The Challenge

When Emmy Award-winning producer Edward Walson (Blue Jasmine) and Emmy-nominated ABC News Producer Bryan Keinz approached CitrusBits about creating a video-based debate app, our team quickly understood and aligned with their compelling vision. The Erupt app would foster healthy and intelligent discussion (via debates) among young people on pressing societal issues, mediated by non-partisan moderators.

The Erupt app would center around a reliable and scalable live video and VOD experience, along with a captivating user experience for debate participants and viewers alike – all while keeping things simple for users venturing into this exciting new format.

The Process

Our design and development teams broke huddle and went to work respectively on (a) providing a simple-to-use, addictive user experience for debate participants and viewers alike, and (b) building reliable, scalable, and high-performing live streaming and VOD capabilities, along with critical debate moderation, program scheduling, and other administrative capabilities.

For the backend live video and VOD capabilities, we partnered once again with Agora, a leading cloud-based provider we’ve worked extensively with on behalf of our other clients. Our development team worked hand-in-hand with Agora’s technical staff to ensure Erupt’s video hosting would be scalable, employing load testing to simulate millions of concurrent requests.

As the user-facing application neared completion, our product, design, and development teams worked to iron out crucial administrative capabilities like content/user moderation and program scheduling — to ensure that Erupt’s fast-approaching and well-publicized platform launch would be a success.

The Results

Just four months after project kickoff, CitrusBits was able to deliver a fully-functional, scalable, and video-based debate app that has impressed our client, their investors, and most importantly, the fast-growing community of users and viewers the app was designed for.

The Erupt team is excited to be continuing its collaboration with CitrusBits and creating exciting new experiences within the Erupt app.