Zombie Outbreak!?

At 11:59 on March 31 East Africa Time, a brain virus started to spread through the African continent. The media is referring to it as Zombiegeddon or Operation Z. SwiftRiver and Ushahidi have begun tracking reports of incident from around the world. Report zombie sightings to us at: @zombiemap on twitter +447624802534 on your Mobile […]

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Ushahidi’s Virtual Team

I was struck with how different Ushahidi is while reading a New York Times article on Inc Magazine, where they chose to work remotely for a full month. There are other virtual organizations, so we’re not unique in this, but it is something that we’re very familiar with after operating like this for 2 years. […]

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Getting Started with SwiftRiver

Last week we released our realtime news filter and analytic tool, SwiftRiver. Even though it’s an alpha, it’s already seen a healthy number of downloads from people curious about what we’ve been working on. However, one thing you’ll notice if you download it, is that while there’s some instruction for installation, there’s nothing about features […]

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Setting the Pace for Swift

This morning’s release of SwiftRiver v0.0.9 Rumba is the culmination of nearly a year’s worth of planning and a few months of development time. When I came on board in December, the Ushahidi staff, Kaushal Jhalla, Chris Blow, Ed Bice and many others had already done fantastic jobs of making Swift known and prototyping their […]

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SwiftRiver v0.0.9 Rumba Released

SwiftRiver Alpha version 0.0.9 “Rumba” has been released. Keep in mind, it’s an Alpha. It works but it’s still rough around the edges and mainly for feedback purposes from developers and potential users like the guys at the Meedan Hackathon next week. Download the install by clicking image below or visiting us at http://swift.ushahidi.com. “Release […]

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Ushahidi-Haiti: Connecting with Both Local Initiatives and OCHA

Sabina Carleson recently joined Ushahidi’s Jaroslav Valuch in Port-au-Prince to support the transition of Ushahidi-Haiti to Haitian hands. Sabina is a senior at Tufts University majoring in Community Health. She has worked in Southern Sudan and three years ago co-founded RESPE, a community-led research and development project in rural northern Haiti under the Institute for […]

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Ushahidi’s Google Summer of Code Projects

From it’s earliest days Ushahidi has been an open source project that people from all over the world have contributed to. Thus, it was our pleasure to find out were accepted into the Google Summer of Code as a mentoring organization this week. About Google Summer of Code Google Summer of Code is a global […]

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Swift River Global Hackathon | April 2

In anticipation of the forthcoming Alpha release of the new Kohana-based Swift River codebase on March 30th, Meedan is sponsoring a hack night and discussion on Friday, April 2, 2010 at 5pm, at the Meedan offices in San Francisco, California. Proposed goals for the open-invite evening include: getting the new app running locally on some […]

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Variations on a Theme

In a past life, before developing software, I was a musician. The two have a lot in common actually: recursive pattern, rhythm, syntax, meter. I suppose most developers don’t think of code this way, but I do. It needs to look as good to humans as it does to machines. When I took over development […]

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Mozilla Foundation Supports Ushahidi-Chile

A guest post from the team running Ushahidi’s Situation Room at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). Congratulations to everyone involved with Ushahidi-Chile at SIPA for receiving a $10,000 grant from the Mozilla foundation! Our project aligned perfectly with Mozilla Foundation’s mission to promote openness, innovation and participation on the Internet. The work of […]

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