We Choose to do What is Hard

As I reflect back on the Ushahidi’s first 6 years, I realize that they have been an education in many ways, but possibly the most important lesson is that it is important to do what is hard. To work on things that are more big and difficult than what most people are willing to attempt. […]

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Help us engage with you better!

Ushahidi is growing. And Ushahidi is making some changes. We’ve been talking a lot lately about how we’re growing and how to better serve our base: you. Since the very beginning we’ve relied on all the great work that you do. How?

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Crowdsourcing & The Internet of Things

Crowdsourcing, the idea of soliciting information from citizens and relying on their participation to achieve certain goals is almost 10 years old. We ourselves, have been building products that allow users to collect, curate and visualize information since 2008, relying solely on the power of the masses. In the last few years, internet enabled sensing […]

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On improving community engagement

At Ushahidi, we believe that engaging and partnering with our community is essential to establishing an environment of mutual trust and respect. We enjoy working in tandem with you to design, develop and deploy our tools. Like Erik once said in this past blog post, our community is what makes the Ushahidi boat move, sink or […]

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Loving the Community’s Creativity

We have seen some incredible use cases of Ushahidi over the past five years, the majority of which we could never have dreamed of. Erik posted a blog post about how we choose to go wide instead of just deep by creating a tool that was purposefully a platform. We have been blown away by the […]

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We are Q

We believe our place is at the bleeding edge of the fight for social good. Everyone at Ushahidi comes to work here because we know that every day people around the world use the tools we build to improve the lives of millions. In other words, in the fight for a better world, we aren’t […]

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The BRCK Spins Out

We’re very excited to announce that BRCK is spinning out as a company of its own, as was the plan from the beginning of the year. It’s interesting how Ushahidi has incubated or catalyze a number of things over the last 5 years, from the iHub and BRCK, to helping start CrisisMappers. A pattern that […]

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Ushahidi via USSD

The mobile phone has been at the core of Ushahidi’s strategy when building tools for citizen engagement. Its ubiquitous nature makes it the easiest tool to use and ensure that a vast majority of citizens can actively participate. We’ve seen this to be the case in many past Ushahidi deployments, such as Uchaguzi( deployment to […]

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Shipping It: A 2013 Ushahidi Update

2013 has proved to be a big one for us at Ushahidi. Coming from a 2012 where a lot was done, but where we all felt we weren’t shipping enough product, the acceleration has proved to be refreshing. At this year’s meeting we made a commitment to organize better towards this, and the fruits have […]

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