Highlighting 2010′s Extraordinary Volunteers

Ushahidi creates open source platforms, which means that we rely heavily upon the community of practitioners, coders and fans in order to make things work.

There have been a couple times this year where volunteers not only stepped up, but they took over and excelled in the management and success of the Ushahidi platform deployment. In particular, a special thank you goes to the students and volunteers at Tufts during the Haiti earthquake aftermath, and to the SIPA students at Columbia for their work after the earthquake in Chile. You stunned us all. Thank you.

It would be difficult to thank everyone who has helped this year. Instead we wanted to highlight the people who have gone out of their way, sacrificing much of their time and resources so that everyone around the world could benefit. They made the Ushahidi community a better place, and we’re grateful to them for it.

We came up with 8 main areas that we wanted to celebrate, and then the team decided on the people who stood out the most.

Core Web Platform: George Chamales
Mobile Apps: Dale Zak
Deployments: Anahi Ayala Iacucci
Design: Chris Blow
Community: Gregory Hill
Translation: Elena Rapisardi
SwiftRiver: Vladimir Ermakov
iHub: Joshua Musau

To the 8 listed here, thank you for your time, your effort and your consistent willingness to help make a better product and community. We’re sending you something special as a thank you, an Ushahidi rubik’s cube with our 4 products on it (Ushahidi, SwiftRiver, Crowdmap and the iHub):

This post wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Jessica Heinzelman, who interned with us in Nairobi, and Melissa Tully who spent most of a year working directly with the team and deploying organizations in Kenya. Finally, the iHub interns Angela Oduor, Lillian Nduati, Edwin Nduati and David Ngugi.

To all volunteers, we want to thank you. You give us the inspiration to keep going and provide us the support needed when we get stumped or are overextended. We greatly appreciate your commitment to helping change the world.

10 Responses to “Highlighting 2010′s Extraordinary Volunteers”

  1. Woah, what a coincidence, I just learned how to solve a Rubik’s cube *this morning* — OK well at least I was trying to solve an old one I found at my grandmother’s house, and googling for strategies :) … first you have to make a cross on one side and then … well, you can google it :)

    Seriously, so nice of you guys! Thanks for such an amazing platform and community!

  2. It was a pleasure and an honour to have interned at the *iHub_. Thank you so very much for the opportunity, and the amazing experience guys :)…

    Hope to work with you guys again soon :).

  3. It’s a real honor to be part of such an amazing community, excited for what lies ahead :)

  4. Thanks guys – this really means a lot. Looking forward to even more great work in 2011.

    Chris – we need to get together so you can show me how to do the Rubik’s cube.

  5. :) :) :)
    Cannot tell you how much I have learned from you guys and still am learning. Thanks for being such a great team, I will do my best to keep up with the hard work!
    Proud to be part of this awesome community!

  6. Melissa Tully

    Thanks for the mention! It’s great to be included with such a wonderful group of hardworking people. Looking forward to 2011!

  7. Thank you for the mention! It has been a pleasure and a great opportunity to have the opportunity to collaborate to ushahidi project. Wish to the team a fantastic 2011!

  8. Jessica Heinzelman

    Wonderful community! Thanks Erik and the entire Ushahidi/iHub Team for creating a space both virtual and real-world to connect, learn from one another and move the field forward! Looking forward to June when I will have the luxury of devoting myself even more!

  9. Easy to comment, I think that this cub is really cool, I would like to be a volunteer in any organization !