Developer Summit 2018

Room info: Saint-Hyacinthe room at HEC 

The first ever Open edX Developer Summit will take place on Friday, June 1, 2018, after the Open edX 2018 conference. This will be an opportunity for contributors and enthusiasts in the Open edX community to come together, collaborate, and talk about the current state and future of Open edX technology, including “Ironwood”, the next release of Open edX. With Hawthorn now carved out and nearly out the door, it’s time to turn our attention to what's next.

If you want to contribute to the discussion about upcoming architectural decisions, add your name to the RSVP list below and show up. Take a look at the list of proposed topics below and indicate your interest by adding your initials or propose your own topic area, and we will evaluate them.

We’re aiming for 90-minute deep-dive breakout sessions held concurrently in 2 rooms during the day. Given the number of people interested in each topic in the table below, we took a stab at proposing which topics we could discuss during the Dev Summit versus earlier in the week in a Birds of a Feather session.


9:45am-10:00amIntroduce topics
10am - 11:30am

Morning Breakout Session

11:30am - 11:50amReadout from Breakout Session to larger group
11:50am - 12:50pmLunch
12:50am - 2:15pm

Afternoon Breakout Session

2:15pm - 2:35pmReadout from Breakout Sesson to larger group
2:35pm - 4pmNext Steps for Ironwood and the coming year

Breakout Session Topics


  • Extensions and Extensibility
  • Analytics


  • Blockstore
  • Dockerized Open edX

Topic Areas

TopicI'm InterestedComments or LinksDev Summit or Birds of a FeatherNotes

JMW, Peter Pinch, PM, MFA, ATD, KS, RB, MH, JMB, HK, Anna Lifshits-Agmon, Samuel Paccoud JMT

Next release cycle Discuss at the end of Dev Summit.
API Authorization

DJH, NAA, Peter Pinch, MFA, ATD, JMT, SathishKumar Eswaran, Kabir KhanSarav Palani, Jhansi Reddy, Elton Carr, Kunal Desai

OAuth ScopesConsider discussing this in a Birds of a Feather session, given # of signups.
Extensions and Extensibility

JMW, DJH, NAA, Peter PinchBraden MacDonald, Tobias Macey, BCW, KS, OIT, RB, JV, TG, TJ, MH, Dave Ormsbee (Deactivated), Anna Lifshits-Agmon, JMT, JL

Plugins, Hooks, APIs, etc.Discuss at morning Breakout Session in Dev Summit.API and Extensions at Dev Summit, 2018-06-01
Adaptive Learning

DJH, NAA, TG, MH, Dave Ormsbee (Deactivated), JMB, Ben Yang, Anna Lifshits-Agmon, Samuel Paccoud, Giulio Gratta

Adaptive Learning with edX (presentation)Consider discussing this in a Birds of a Feather session, given # of signups.

JMW, DJH, JLB, PM, Braden MacDonald, MFA, ATD, RB, EK, JV, TG, TJ, MH, AA, Anna Lifshits-Agmon, JMT, JL

Figures / Lightweight analytics proposal Discuss at morning Breakout Session in Dev Summit.Analytics Breakout Session

DJH, NAA, Braden MacDonald, KS, EK, JV, DCL, MH, Dave Ormsbee (Deactivated), Peter Pinch, AA, HK, Ben Yang, Anna Lifshits-Agmon, Samuel Paccoud Tobias Macey

Composable and reusable content repository - see Draft Blockstore Proposal

Discuss at afternoon Breakout Session in Dev Summit.Open edX Dev Summit, 2018-06-01
Dockerized Open edX

Nate Aune (NJA), MFA, KS, RA, OIT, RB, TG, SM, DCL, JMB, AA, Ben Yang, Anna Lifshits-Agmon, Samuel Paccoud

While Open edX Devstack is Docker-based, it still depends on Ansible to build the images. This can slow down the developer's workflow and alienate newcomers to Open edX, as they have to learn all the intricacies of Ansible in order to debug installation issues.

We will explore recent projects (openedx-docker and openfun/fun-platform) to create a pure Dockerfile-based (no Ansible) way to set up a local Open edX development environment.

We will also explore what a container-based production deployment of Open edX looks like using only Dockerfiles, and not depending on Ansible for the orchestration. See openfun/arnold for a Kubernetes-powered deployment of Open edX.

See discussion of these two topics in this Google Doc "Running Open edX on Docker", which is the scratchpad to identify goals for the upcoming Open edX Development Summit.

Discuss at afternoon Breakout Session in Dev Summit.
MultitenancyMFA, ATD
Consider discussing this in a Birds of a Feather session, given # of signups.
Hackday: mobile apps xblocksThis needs a lot of eyes and hands, lots of problems to solve here. Android, iOS, Python, and xblock devs, join us! We need API extensions and front-end updates for, well, pretty much every xblock and xmodule, so let's work through them together. Hop on the train, join the group, let's make good stuff happen.Feel free to hack away in one of our 2-3 rooms during the Dev Summit.  (smile)Mobile/XBlocks breakout
Core developer status

XAN, KS, RA, OIT, EK, JV, SM, Peter PinchBen Yang, Anna Lifshits-Agmon, Samuel Paccoud, JMT, GiulioG, Steven Burch, Nate Aune

We have been discussing opening and empowering more the core developer status for people who aren't part of edX - what would be the next steps? John Mark will speak to this at the beginning of the conference - in the State of Open edX Plenary.Governance breakout
CMS & Course SearchDeveloping a CMS to combine a great search experience and an easy to use publishing environment. (using Django-CMS and ElasticSearch)


NameOrganizationComments or Links
John Mark Walker (Deactivated)edX 
Douglas HalledX
John Baldwin (JLB)Appsembler
Nimisha Asthagiri (NAA)edX
Peter Pinch (PDP)MIT Open Learning
Pierre Mailhot (PM)EDUlib
Jill Vogel (JV)OpenCraft

Braden MacDonaldOpenCraft
Xavier Antoviaque (XAN)OpenCraft
Tobias MaceyMIT Open Learning
Ned BatchelderedX
Harry KleinAppsembler
J'aime OAppsembler
Nate Aune (NJA)Appsembler
Maxi Fernández (MFA)Appsembler
Amir Tadrisi (ATD) Appsembler
Bryan Wilson (BCW) Appsembler
Aaron Beals (ACB)Appsembler
Valerie Pierre (VP)Appsembler
Kshitij Sobti (KS)OpenCraft
Rocio Aramberri (RA)OpenCraft
Dave Ormsbee (Deactivated)edX
Omar Al-Ithawi (OIT)Appsembler
Anna Lifshits-Agmon


Eugeny Kolpakov (EK)OpenCraft
Tomasz Gargas (TG)OpenCraft

Sven Marnach (SM)OpenCraft
Josh McLaughlin (JM)OpenCraft
TJ Keemon (TJ)Appsembler
Matthew Harrington (MH)Appsembler
Daniel Clemente Laboreo (DCL)OpenCraft
Albert (AJ) St. Aubin (Deactivated)edX
Mark Haseltine (Deactivated)edX
Matej GrozdanovićAppsembler

Berkay Baykaledx
Andrew Ang (AAHarvard
David Truong(DT)EDUlib
Julia Eskew (Deactivated)


Cliff DyerOpenCraft
Ben YangArchimedes Lab
Samuel Paccoud (SPD)France Université Numérique
Julien Maupetit (JMT)

France Université Numérique

Mehdi Benadda (MBA)

France Université Numérique

Richard Moch (RMH)

France Université Numérique

Giulio GrattaStanford University
Steven BurchStanford University
Joe Mulloy (Deactivated)edX
Jennifer Ly (JL)Stanford University

John ZornigThe University of Queensland

NOTE: If you haven't yet registered for the conference, you can still attend the dev summit, but this doesn't get you into the main conference.