Ready to RHoK!

Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) will be in 34 cities around the world on December 3 – 4, 2011. RHoK is a great way for software developers, knowledge workers and subject matter experts to converge, brainstorm, hack and prototype on real world problems. What types of hacks? Here’s an example from Dave Leng of Samoa […]

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Cause for Simulations

Simulations are key to determining if Ushahidi is the right tool for your project, event or emergency. We’re delighted that the Canadian government’s Center for Security Science, the City of Vancouver and Simon Fraser University participated in this documentary demonstrating the potential to use Ushahidi for citizen reporting in conjunction with official emergency responder tools. […]

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The first Ushahidi research seminar

Ushahidi and iHub researchers met a few weeks ago to present our current research projects and to invite the global research community to suggest ways of working together in the future. The iHub event was attended by about twenty in-person researchers, user experience experts, designers and interested individuals from Nairobi and surrounds, and a virtual […]

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Community Voices: Luther, Claire, and Robbie

Who uses Ushahidi software? Who are the deployers, the organizers, the developers, and the hackers? We’ll be featuring a series of videos in the coming weeks highlighting their voices, their stories, and their work that is changing the world. Introducing Luther Jeke, Training Director Ushahidi Liberia: Introducing Claire Wardle, London Tube Maps and Robbie MacKay, […]

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Sinsai, Harassmap and Zabatak win Awards

Congratulations to the Sinsai.info, Harrassmap.org and Zabatak.com teams for winning awards for all their hard work. All three projects demonstrate the power of communities using their voices. Simply put: we’re delighted! Sinsai.info received 1st place in the Rakuten Technology Awards. Sinsai.info was created in response to the earthquake and tsunami which struck Japan in March […]

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Liberia’s election is finished, but tensions are far from over

The results are in – almost. Four days after Liberia’s run-off election, 97.6% of the country’s polling place results have been released by the National Elections Commission and are displayed on the Ushahidi elections instance (click on each county to see the breakdown). Incumbent Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the clear victor with just over 90% […]

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What is the next step for Ushahidi verification?

As Ushahidi ethnographer, my job is to do on-the-ground research on users’ experience with our technology in particular contexts. Something that we’ve been thinking about a great deal as we develop SwiftRiver is the process of verification, the ways in which technology and society work together to create useful, trustworthy and actionable information, as well […]

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SMSmap: Two Cities, One event

What a night! Ushahidi and FrontlineSMS co-hosted a joint Sms to Map event in Nairobi, Kenya and London, UK on Monday, November 7, 2011. While time zone shifting prevented us from holding a reasonable simultaneous evening discussion, with shared purpose and some speakers participants heard about stories and lessons learned of using FrontlineSMS and Ushahidi […]

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Liberia’s Election Sitrep: on and off the map

Here’s a brief situation report of events on the ground in Liberia, where Ushahidi Liberia’s team has been operational for the past year and-a-half. This report covers the eve of and, now, day of, the presidential run-off election: The 2nd round of voting, scheduled for November 8th, has two candidates on the ballot: Congress for […]

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NANGO launches social service delivery campaign

[Guest post by Alene Dube, Communications officer for NANGO.] The National Association of NGOs in Zimbabwe (NANGO) has launched a social service delivery campaign in Harare for residents to speak on problems they are facing in their neighborhood. The campaign is under the banner ‘sei sei Harare?‘ gives residents an opportunity to be monitors and […]

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