Ushahidi Wins an Open Source Award in Kenya!

I’m really glad that I was able to accept the Kenya Humanitarian Open Source Award for Ushahidi today. Permanent Secretary of Communications Ndemo handed it out at the Panafric Hotel in Nairobi. We REALLY appreciate this award, because it’s an especially good feeling to be recognized in your own country. This is really an award […]

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PDAs and Phones for Data Collection

Here is the video from the panel that Ushahidi was on for “PDAs and Phones for Data Collection” at the Human Rights Conference, Soul of the New Machine at UC Berkeley. It’s a good discussion with InSTEDD, FrontlineSMS, Datadyne and the Salesforce Foundation. You can see my notes from the talk here.

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Gaurav Mishra Talks about Vote Report India

Gaurav Mishra was one of the leads on Vote Report India, a website that used Ushahidi to monitor the Indian elections over the last 6 weeks. Here he is being interviewed at the Web 2.0 Expo about that experience. He also covers the role he had in reporting the Mumbai terrorist attacks.

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Your Old Phone = Hope Phone

A while back I briefly mentioned FrontlineSMS:Medic – an initiative started by post-grad students out of Stanford University who had done some really interesting things in Malawi. They are the type of entrepreneurial digital natives that buck tradition and do something different, something that actually works. That same team has built a major campaign, Hope […]

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Ushahidi Core Team Meets!

Two days ago (May 7th to be exact) was a historic day for Ushahidi. It was the first time that the core founding team that is myself, Erik, Juliana and David,  had met together in person – can you believe it?! It is a bit ironic that it happened in Silicon Valley…I hope that portends […]

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Announcing Funding and Ushahidi’s Open Beta

(I’m not a huge fan of press releases, but sometimes it really is a good vehicle for communication of big news.) CRISIS MAPPING PLATFORM RECEIVES $200,000 GRANT AND BETA RELEASE FOR BROADER GLOBAL IMPACT ORLANDO, Fla. (May 7, 2009) – Crisis-mapping platform Ushahidi, a mobile-phone and Web-based tool, received a $200,000 grant to aid in […]

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Soul of the New Machine Talk (Notes)

The last two days I’ve been part of the human rights “Soul of the New Machine” conference in Berkeley, California. I talked about mobile phones, especially about gathering and disseminating information via PDAs and normal mobile phones. Here are my notes for the talk. Just in Time Data I’m here to talk to you a […]

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Ushahidi 0.8 Beta 1 (Kisumu)

It is my pleasure to announce that Kisumu, the first Beta release of Ushahidi is now available. It’s been a hectic last few weeks here at Ushahidi, but we are pretty excited because Ushahidi 0.8 Beta 1 includes lots of great improvements and plenty of bugs fixes. Here’s a partial list of improvements: New Installer […]

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