We launched the alpha version of Ushahidi a week before we began deploying the platform into the DR Congo. We knew there were things that needed to be fixed, processes that had to be refined, etc. What we hadn’t yet considered was the fact that few people read English in the Eastern Congo. We needed a French version ASAP.

The most important …

Over the last few months, I have treated the task of growing and building Ushahidi very much like how one would grow and build a business, or one would run a start-up (or rather how I imagine one would do it since I’ve had no experience doing either).  It has been a challenge, mostly because we have not had the luxury of pre-planning, and because we have operated with limited resources and been …

The Ushahidi Engine is being used to run non-disaster related site called Peace Heroes, which hopes to highlight ordinary Kenyans who did extraordinary things to promote peace during and after the post-election crisis earlier this year. Emer Beamer and her team at Butterfly Works put together this project in conjunction with Nairobits and Media Focus on Africa. Ushahidi thanks Emer for giving this Alpha version a test run.

Today saw organizations and individuals from the mapping and crisis space descend upon Orlando for a meeting. The CrisisMappers group is focused on the use of mapping in crisis situations. It came about as those of us involved in some of the newer applications in this area realized that we needed to keep our communications open. It’s about keeping us as people talking, but also ensuring that …

In what is becoming typical Ushahidi fashion, we’re going into a hot zone with little warning and improve, yet only half-baked software…

Over the last week, while the world watched the US elections (as were we), we were also watching the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Since last Wednesday we’ve been quietly scrambling towards the first deployment of the new Ushahidi Engine into a crisis zone. Today, we’re announcing this instance to the world. …