Changes to Bitrise - COVID 19 support

Our priority during the circumstances is supporting the mobile development community. These are the steps we're taking to help.

Over the last weeks, for many of us, the world has been turned upside down. We’ve talked to countless developers about how these circumstances have impacted their work and - based on those conversations - have decided on some ways that will hopefully help you and the larger mobile development community weather this storm.

You can find an overview of these initiatives here.

Immediate actions we’re taking

Removing free build limitations:

Smaller businesses, freelance developers, and indies are often finding themselves without access to their local build hardware and - as a result - are looking for ways to move more of their app development process online. At the same time, a lot of developers have seen their income take a hit.

From today and until the end of July (at the earliest), our free Hobby Plan now has a 30 minute build time out, instead of the previous 10. You’ll have access to 200 builds of max 30 minutes each, for a total maximum of 6,000 build minutes per month, free of charge, regardless of platform.

We hope this will provide developers and businesses a place to continue building and earning, without price or cost being an obstacle.

Additional resources for non-profits:

To support non-profits during this unprecedented time, we’re increasing the allocation of free build resources to organizations and projects that fit this category. Reach out to support here and we’ll add 3 complimentary Org Standard concurrencies to your account for a year. If your non-profit or open-source project directly assists the fight against COVID, let us know and we’ll append those resources with whatever else you might need.

Supporting online learning and community:

Traditionally, we’ve spent a lot of time and resources on meeting developers around the world. Many of the conferences and meetups that we’ve been sponsoring over the years have found themselves having to rapidly adapt to a world where mass in-person gatherings are an impossibility. Wherever these conferences and meetups have continued virtually, we’ve continued or even increased our support.

Specifically, I’d like to mention Android Makers Paris, who will be hosting their virtual conference on April 20-21, and droidcon Online (find them here). We’re in close contact with all of our other conference partners and are happy to support new initiatives as well, so please feel free to reach out to us if we can help in any way.

Additionally, we’re launching our own webinars and online learning opportunities: stay tuned for updates on our Twitter account!

Business continuity at Bitrise

We published a blogpost about this topic a few weeks back, but I would like to reiterate.

Now and for the foreseeable future, you will be able to:

  • Use Bitrise as always (configure, trigger, build, review, etc)
  • Reach sales and support through the same channels as before with the same response levels in place
  • Trust that the Bitrise platform and infrastructure are there to support your work, 24/7

We’ve gone through great lengths to ensure that we continue to function in this new, fully remote setup and I’m incredibly proud to see how the team has adapted. I can honestly say that, more so than ever before, everyone in Bitrise is razor-focused on supporting you and the work of mobile developers everywhere.

If you do have concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re happy to answer any questions.

Going forward

These measures will be in place until the end of July to start with. At that point, we’ll assess if continuation makes sense or if the situation has normalized.

Behind the scenes, we’re also working on some other changes that should help keep you building and growing. We’ll have more to share on those within the next two weeks.

To help inform these and other initiatives, we’ll be reaching out to the community extensively over the coming weeks. Your questions, feedback, and suggestions are invaluable for our efforts to support mobile developers everywhere, so if you have anything to share, send an email to letsconnect@bitrise.io or find us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIN.

From me and the entire team at Bitrise, we wish you the best.

Sincerely,

Barnabas Birmacher, CEO

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