“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” Meaning, we’ve had an intense week at Ushahidi and it was time to take a day off for some fun.

The five of us still in town working on Ushahidi decided to run out to Disney World for the day. Needless to say, we had a blast!

Favorite moments: First time roller coaster rider, Brian Muita, not realizing that Space Mountain …

We just finished day one of the Ushahidi strategy tech meeting in Orlando. We’re meeting to refine the focus and define the initiatives that we should be putting our limited resources and guidance behind for the rest of this year. Our goal was to get together a dozen of the most involved builders and idea generators behind Ushahidi over the past year, and put their brains to good use for a hard-hitting weekend …

Dale Zak is a (Canadian) Windows Mobile programmer. Over the last few months he has been interested in helping with the Ushahidi platform. We didn’t have anyone with WinMo experience, so he developed an application that would work with our API on all WinMo devices. We’re extremely excited to have a person of Dale’s caliber helping on the project!

Below is an explanation of what he has done, in his own words.

Ushahidi …

The Peace Heroes project has provided Ushahidi with valuable feedback in the testing phase, and we are happy to provide a use case summary of how they used the Ushahidi engine. This use case will be useful to organizations considering Ushahidi for aggregating information that is submitted via SMS, web and email, and we hope it contains some insights on how to run a successful campaign.

The use case was written by …

Last year, Ushahidi won the Netsquared Mashup challenge, which propelled the project from just a collaborative initiative, to an actual open source project. We’d like to encourage organizations testing the Ushahidi engine or other organizations using mobiles for social change to apply for the N2Y4 Mobile Challenge.
More information, including guidelines, key dates and the challenge process can be found on the N2Y4 site, do check it out. …

The Peace Heroes project, which Ushahidi highlighted before as a use of the platform for a non-crisis situation has concluded with the selection of 8 heroes. They represent people who contributed positively to the post election period of early 2008 when there was violence, instability and political stalemate. The heroes were nominated through SMS, phone calls, email and web submissions. It is with admiration that we would like to salute the following heroes. …