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[This is the first post of a two-part series written by Arushi Jain, Betty Mutimba and Natasha Wissanji]

Let’s start with a cup of coffee. The partners, team leaders and other community members had convened once again for a day of discussions around past trends of the ecosystem, its current focusses and its future prospects.The second Partnership Day started off with a brief introduction by Pete. His story is rather romantic –  a …

[Guestpost by Arushi Jain, Development Intern on Ushahidi Platform]

We all have multiple identities. We are citizens of various countries, and residents of many others; lovers of certain cultures, and supporters of all others; experts in a few fields, and disciplines of all the curiosities the world has to offer. In the Bishop Magua building here in Nairobi, we add another clause to this complex and indefinite definition of identity – we are locals …

We are pleased to announce the release of SMSsync v2.7. This release is packed with lot of bug fixes and  exciting new features.

Features:

Alerts
We have added the ability for you to be able to remotely check the status of the device that is running SMSsync. You will be able to send what we could query codes as SMS to the device running the app to check it’s status. For example, if …

Hey Folks!

Last week, we committed to releasing another beta version of v3 today. However, after some internal deliberation, we have come to a decision NOT to make a release this week. We apologise for any inconveniences caused by this, and commit to getting back to our regular release schedules next week, on 30th October, 2014.

How did we end up here?

In early October we did a week of user experience sessions with one of …

Beta 9 Release Postponed To Next Week

Ushahidi Platform v3.0.0-beta.9 is ALMOST out! Thats right, we are moving our regularly scheduled Beta.9 release from this week to next week — next Thursday to be precise. Our Platform product team members are meeting In Real Life (what!) in Atlanta, GA all this week cranking out code, making decisions, and sprinting forward. As usual, we will update you with the details through a blog post next week. …

I’m not proud of this, but some of our original design concepts for Crowdmap didn’t include maps. Crazy, right? Sure, there were pathways to view a map as, you know, a map. But it wasn’t the first thing you saw.

Thankfully, we fixed that well before launch. But I’ve refused to bury that memory because, within that mistake, was a key insight: On Crowdmap, maps are everything. And we’re doubling down on that insight …

Resilience is the capacity for a city and all its components to recover quickly from shocks or stresses, such as natural disasters, and to grow and thrive during good times. The ability of citizens and governments to share information about these stresses, shocks, and the responses to them to improve decision making and grow smarter is at the heart the Resilience Network Initiative (RNI): a partnership between Ushahidi and the Rockefeller Foundation. RNI …

“The Mecca for Women in Tech” – That’s what Linda terms the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing to be. It probably is :). Linda, Chris, Brian and I had the honor of being able to attend this year’s celebration in Phoenix, Arizona.

Chris introduces the students to CrisisNET

For the first time this year, Open Source Day decided to host a session committed to helping women grow their skills and interest …

A lot of exciting things have been happening behind the scenes at Crowdmap since I joined the team earlier this year. I’ve been building software products and services for over a decade and, in my humble opinion, we’re doing some really cool things here. For those unfamiliar with Crowdmap.com, it’s the only map-making tool that allows you to simply and collaboratively track any event on a map using social media, sms, email, or the …

Just over one year ago Nairobi was jolted by the attacks at Westgate Mall.

Half of our global team (of now about 35)  are located in Nairobi so to say this hit close to home is both an emotional and a literal statement. We could go into the details of just how closely but instead we are reminded how blessed we are no one on the team or their families were killed or hurt in …