Liberianizing the platform

A little over two weeks after beginning this Ushahidi deployment, John and I arrived at the Rights and Rice Foundation for our first hands-on training.  We’ve met with over a dozen organizations that have expressed an interest in having customized Ushahidi instances, yet it was the small staff at Rights and Rice (affectionately known as […]

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Dale Zak Joins Ushahidi’s Mobile Rodeo

Dale Zak has been a long-time volunteer developer on the Ushahidi platform. He created the Windows Mobile app, and has been helpful connecting and working with our other friends and partners at places like The Extraordinairies and FrontlineSMS. His work is always top-notch, and he’s widely respected within the mobile app dev circles in our […]

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Ushahidi Team Lunch-Nyama Choma

There are a few things that you must know before you get the team to go out to lunch; book them at least two days in advance, warn them ten minutes to time and ten minutes after because they will still be stuck on their laptops. From instance: Henry is a developer at Ushahidi and […]

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Ushahidi in the Classroom

My name is Nick Martin, President of TechChange: The Institute for Technology and Social Change. Last month I taught the first ever course on “Technology and Peace” at the UN-mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) in Costa Rica. The course drew 16 participants from 11 countries, representing a number of distinguished organizations including Ashoka, the Council […]

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SwiftRiver Update

For the past two weeks I’ve been in the UK doing quite a bit of work to answer questions, conduct interviews and even give a few talks about the SwiftRiver platform. I hosted our second SwiftRiver 101 in central London and held private sessions with a number of media groups interested in finding out more […]

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Crowdsourcing with Humanitarians in Training

[Guest blog post: Sayon Dutta is an emergency medicine physician with prior training in aerospace engineering and currently is completing a research fellowship in applied technologies. His research includes GIS and mobile technologies in humanitarian emergencies and the utilization of medical informatics to improve patient care in the Emergency Department. He is a key contributor the the HSI simulation applied technology […]

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Call-To-Report Feature via Cloudvox

Submission of reports to the Ushahidi platform to date has been made possible via web, text messages (sms), email and twitter. We are pleased to let you know that you can now add voice reporting to that list. This has been something of a holy grail for us, as we endeavored to answer the ‘how […]

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What is Voice of Kibera?

In the past few weeks, France 24 and Triple Bottom-Line have produced stories about Voice of Kibera, and both stories have been littered with inaccuracies about the project, including naming Ushahidi as the deploying organization, an issue that’s been addressed elsewhere on this blog. It’s necessary to clear this up and this providie a real-life […]

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Ushahidi: On Translation

The Ushahidi platforms’ growing use has been astounding to say the least. The platform has been download almost 4000 times, not counting the mobile applications. The mobile applications (including the Android Oil Spill reporter by Henry Addo) have been downloaded more than 3700 times. As an organization that is barely two years old, it is […]

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Ethiopia: An Election Monitoring System

The following is a guest post from Mark Belinsky of Digital Democracy. This post originally appeared on the Digital Democracy blog, an NGO that educates 21st century citizens around the world and a partner of Ushahidi’s. Violence is closely correlated to elections in the minds of many voters in young democracies. With elections and democracy correlated […]

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