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If you haven’t heard already, we’re hosting a meetup in Milan on 13th July, 2015 at Politecnico di Milano, in a bid to reconnect with our users and deployers. 

Over the years, we have grown an exceptionally strong user-base in Italy. There have been 165 separate deployments of Ushahidi/Crowdmap from Italy.  Moreover, many of these vibrant deployers contribute to our software and documentation. When we updated our Ushahidi v2 manual, we put out …

At this year’s World Economic Forum Africa in Capetown, there was a public session on entrepreneurship and innovation. The panel had young global leaders, and entrepreneurs answering questions from students and young people in Capetown. Two young women left an indelible impression on me, and got me thinking about Ushahidi’s role as a a catalyst.

The first was a young woman stood up and asked the panelists what we/our affiliated organizations were doing …

It is often stated that technology is not a panacea solution to any problem, especially problems in governance and citizen engagement. Here at Ushahidi we often say that technology is only 10% of the solution. The other 90% is about people and the partnerships they form.

At the OGP Africa Regional Meeting held on 20-21 May 2015 in Dar es Salaam, actors from government, civil society and policy-making came together to share lessons learned from …

(Blog post by Hyshyama Hamin, Programme Office, Making All Voices Count)

The concept of pitching competitions and incubation is not at all new in the tech and innovation space, where individuals, groups and organizations have pitched ideas for start-ups, apps and prototypes, gone on to work with incubators and/or win investor funds and market their products locally and to the world. So what happens when you apply this to a typically donor-grantee development …

Elections are an important and integral aspect of democracy, meant as a mechanism with which citizens hold their leaders to account for past actions and future promises. When citizens are enabled to actively contribute to an environment in which a free and fair election can take place, it will become less attractive for politicians to meddle in elections and stimulate the emergence of truly citizen-oriented politics.

Technology such as Ushahidi can assist in the creation …

Responsive Web Design Podcast hosts Karen McGrane and Ethan Marcotte graciously invited Ushahidi Senior Designer Sophie Shepherd and me to talk this week about how our design team’s focus on performance and pattern libraries has improved the usability of Ushahidi’s products — in the developing world, and everywhere.

Our 28-minute conversation touches on Ushahidi’s internal design and development process, including how the design team (comprised largely of former agency designers) …