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Blog post by Nathaniel Manning

 

In late October Ushahidi invited our partners from around the globe to Nairobi to meet and look back at last seven years and then think about the years to come. We spent two days visiting organizations that had utilized Ushahidi software, schools in Nairobi slums empowering their students with access to the web through BRCK, and huddled in the iHub talking with the community of technologists and entrepreneurs that …

The Ebola epidemic shook several countries in 2014, with international coverage being spotty early on, then escalating quickly as the disease spread. As of writing this post, the Ebola epidemic is still a major international issue. Anthony Banbury, head of UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response said recently that its going to be a difficult road ahead, but that the Ebola epidemic can be stopped in 2015. In a chat with a UN …

v3.0.0-beta.12 is LIVE!! 

 

Spin it up on our demo site, please keep in mind that this is not ready for production, but we are getting really close. This is the 3rd milestone of 3 towards the first non-beta release! We anticipate a few sprints in this milestone with the next one following close on the heels of this release in two weeks.

What’s New?

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TLDR: The scope of impact in Africa for work is great and an inspiration for the work ahead in 2015. Similar problems exist in various African countries and similar opportunities and the incredible chance to participate in a bolder stake on the future of the continent. Local communities have a key role in shaping strategy and can teach us a lot about what works where. With Ushahidi’s interlocking role of creating software tools for empowerment …

We started SwiftRiver with the lofty vision for a simple tool that quickly reveals insights hidden within the massive streaming real-time information flowing in from all web, mobile, and social sources. We wish that every innovative product with the potential for social good sees wild success, empowering millions around the world and improving lives — the reality is that with innovation comes uncertainty. We had some high impact stories and happy deployers of SwiftRiver technology …

Ushahidi team members recently provided blogger training and deployment consultation for the Txeka-la initiative monitoring the Mozambique general election and engaging community through mapping. From the Canadian High Commission YouTube post:

“Using the Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives, the Canadian High Commission in Maputo has partnered with Mozambican NGOs to develop a Portuguese language, web-based application that empowers ordinary citizens to observe and report on the 2014 Presidential Election through the use of their mobile …