There are times, like today, when I stand amazed at the number of people – hailing from so many different circles – that throw their support behind Ushahidi at every turn. Today we heard that Ushahidi is a finalist in the 2009 WeMedia Gamechangers Awards. A couple Twitter messages out to some people we know […]
Ich Gichuki and Njuguna Gathere, of The Ark in Nairobi, put together this short 40-second video for Ushahidi. We asked them to help us put this together for the Google Project 10-100 application that needed to be in by today – and they did it with very short notice, so a BIG thanks! The questions […]
The Ushahidi community is excited to announce the alpha release of the Ushahidi engine, that our developers have been hard at work on these last few months. The release is a basis for the integration of powerful new technologies that will be included in Ushahidi v1. As this is a development-release, we do not claim […]
An event data analysis study of the post-election violence in Kenya earlier this year was just completed by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. They compared mainstream news media, with citizen journalism and Ushahidi data. Below is the time-lapsed video of that data overlaying a map: Read about the methodology and find the report here. Yellow icon […]
Ushahidi is honored that our blog is now part of the Human Rights section of Alltop aggregator. If you check out the other interesting sites that bring you current information about Human rights and crisis information, you will see why this is sort of a big deal for us.
Cheryl Heller, from Heller Communication Design, is spending the morning with us at the Pop!Tech Fellows program. We’re getting a crash course in branding and, “creating a brand promise”. Branding is more than a pretty logo or a nice website, it’s everything that you say, do or are perceived as. It’s what makes up the […]
Mobile Journalism Toolkit for Pop!Tech Fellows (unboxed), originally uploaded by whiteafrican. This week I’m at the Pop!Tech Fellows Accelerator in Camden, Maine along with about 15 other individuals who are doing some even more amazing work in the social entrepreneur space. Today I was floored – as a gift, the Pop!Tech team has given us […]
I was really hoping to get a hands-on this week with UNICEF’s new “Bee” equipment while in Johannesburg, as the fabrication of the device was happening just north of us in Pretoria. Unfortunately, Christopher Fabian informed me that the second prototype wasn’t quite finished, so we had to make do with a (fabulously edited) video: […]
Clyral, a South African company who does some really interesting work with Java-based mobile phone application called Mobile Researcher. It is a very intuitive and easy-to-use platform for gathering data from the field on a number of devices. While at MobileActive ’08, Mark and Andy used the first two days to survey a number of […]
I was part of a panel yesterday which focused on the use of mobile phones in disaster and crisis situations with Robert Kirkpatrick of InSTEDD and Christopher Fabian of UNICEF. Here is a video put together by the Rhodes University students for MobileActive. You can view my more extensive post here.