The workshop I attended this afternoon at the WedMedia conference broke us up, randomly, into small groups of 5-7 people where we discussed the future, and the ways that technology and society are changing these 5 main areas:

Business Government News and Media Education Philanthropy

News and Media Focus

My group was tasked with News and Media, specifically, “How do you inform and engage a large audience in the big issues of our time?” …

I, and the rest of the Ushahidi team are honored to win a WeMedia Gamechangers award. Other winners include: ZeFrank, SocialVibe, Innocentive, Freewheelin’, Twitter, David Plouffe (Obama campaign), and the Knight Foundation. It’s important to understand how the lowering of barriers is creating a situation where true gamechangers come from non-traditional areas. Who would have guessed that a group of bloggers and technologists from Kenya would create a potentially gamechanging platform for crowdsourcing crisis …

A little over a week ago Google Latitude launched, a location-based service that marries up smart phones with the web to track your location and find your friends (which looks suspiciously like an exact clone of InSTEDD’s SMS GeoChat by the way). It’s a mobile social network with a focus on location. See my earlier thoughts on microblogging and crisis, and the official Google blog post on it.

What …

A couple weeks ago I was approached to be a part of the IntraHealth Open Council, representing Ushahidi. The IntraHealth Open campaign is about driving open source technology into the health sector across Africa. I’ll be the first to say that I know little about the healthcare sector, however I’m a part of, and a big proponent of, using open source technology where it makes sense in Africa. Having no idea of who, …

COOP 2.O is a meeting of representatives from organizations using ICT around the world. The theme of the conference was Innovation on ICT for Development Cooperation. You can watch the lectures on coop2.0′s you tube page (some of the talks are in Spanish)

I presented on tuesday evening; provided a brief history of the Ushahidi project, its current activities and future plans including our impending Beta release. There was a lot of …

Top 10 Netexplorateur of the year 2009

Last week was a busy week for us. We were at the Netexplorateur Forum held in the Senate, Paris. Netexplorateur, is a team which has setup a rigorous original process for indentifying pioneers who are creating or thinking up future digital applications. Every year, they invite the most innovative among the identified innovations around the world to present and discuss their approach …

What happened in Mumbai was a classic “hot flash” event: they’re hard to detect before they happen, and they’re over relatively quickly. There is little to no time to deploy anything and still be relevant once the event has started.

It was that crisis that started two members of the Ushahidi dev community (Chris Blow and Kaushal Jhalla) thinking about what needs to be done when you have massive amounts of …