Erik Hersman on Ushahidi and Change

Jonathan Marks is a media professional who currently resides in the Netherlands. He was in SXSW with David and myself last week and was kind enough to do an interview with me on Ushahidi and my thoughts on information flow, media and change in Africa. Preferred Futures for African IT Projects – Erik Hersman from […]

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Hackers and Pirates Take a Day Off…

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” Meaning, we’ve had an intense week at Ushahidi and it was time to take a day off for some fun. The five of us still in town working on Ushahidi decided to run out to Disney World for the day. Needless to say, we had […]

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Foko Madagascar Implementation of Ushahidi.

The implementation of Ushahidi by the Foko Madagascar team presents the mapping community with an opportunity to see solutions where there are challenges. After the mapping area was set up for Foko to use, it was a challenge to set up a local SMS hub with a mobile phone and computer, so Lova Rakotomalala, who […]

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Ushahidi Strategy (Tech) Meeting in Orlando

We just finished day one of the Ushahidi strategy tech meeting in Orlando. We’re meeting to refine the focus and define the initiatives that we should be putting our limited resources and guidance behind for the rest of this year. Our goal was to get together a dozen of the most involved builders and idea […]

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Ushahidi on Windows Mobile Devices

Dale Zak is a (Canadian) Windows Mobile programmer. Over the last few months he has been interested in helping with the Ushahidi platform. We didn’t have anyone with WinMo experience, so he developed an application that would work with our API on all WinMo devices. We’re extremely excited to have a person of Dale’s caliber […]

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Ushahidi at SXSW

DSC_0801, originally uploaded by ferrante. Myself and David have been at SXSW Interactive (South by Southwest) in Austin, Texas this weekend. It’s a strange mixture of conference, parties and meetings. David and I were here to talk on the “Emerging technology for emerging markets” panel. With us was Jon Gosier of Appfrica, Teddy Ruge of […]

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Peace Heroes Use Case

The Peace Heroes project has provided Ushahidi with valuable feedback in the testing phase, and we are happy to provide a use case summary of how they used the Ushahidi engine. This use case will be useful to organizations considering Ushahidi for aggregating information that is submitted via SMS, web and email, and we hope […]

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Opportunity: N2Y4 Mobile Challenge

Last year, Ushahidi won the Netsquared Mashup challenge, which propelled the project from just a collaborative initiative, to an actual open source project. We’d like to encourage organizations testing the Ushahidi engine or other organizations using mobiles for social change to apply for the N2Y4 Mobile Challenge. More information, including guidelines, key dates and the […]

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Liberia: Ushahidi Demo and a New Dev

I’m currently in Liberia, doing a technology assessment of the country with a focus on mobile phones, internet and radio. There have been a lot of interesting meetings, but today I had one that was really a lot of fun. Matteo from UNIDO and Daniel from Crabgrass have been doing a training program with Youth […]

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Kenya: Peace Heroes Announced.

The Peace Heroes project, which Ushahidi highlighted before as a use of the platform for a non-crisis situation has concluded with the selection of 8 heroes. They represent people who contributed positively to the post election period of early 2008 when there was violence, instability and political stalemate. The heroes were nominated through SMS, phone […]

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