I’m really glad that I was able to accept the Kenya Humanitarian Open Source Award for Ushahidi today. Permanent Secretary of Communications Ndemo handed it out at the Panafric Hotel in Nairobi. We REALLY appreciate this award, because it’s an especially good feeling to be recognized in your own country.

This is really an award for the Kenyan developers in Nairobi. A recognition for all the hard work and volunteer time that guys like Jason …

A while back I briefly mentioned FrontlineSMS:Medic – an initiative started by post-grad students out of Stanford University who had done some really interesting things in Malawi. They are the type of entrepreneurial digital natives that buck tradition and do something different, something that actually works.

That same team has built a major campaign, Hope Phones, to gather unused and discarded mobile phone handsets and convert them into funds for …

I was pissed off last night. I got a direct message from a friend on Twitter saying he had left a comment on our new forums. Thinking nothing of it, I sauntered on over and read a beautiful rant on how we were failing at open source. A complete and utter slagging of our efforts in open sourcing our code. Of course my first emotion was indignation, a natural response whenever you’re critiqued …

Two days ago (May 7th to be exact) was a historic day for Ushahidi.

It was the first time that the core founding team that is myself, Erik, Juliana and David,  had met together in person – can you believe it?!

It is a bit ironic that it happened in Silicon Valley…I hope that portends well for our future.

There was lots of catching up, scheming, planning and reflection.   And it felt good.

Yep, we …

(I’m not a huge fan of press releases, but sometimes it really is a good vehicle for communication of big news.)

CRISIS MAPPING PLATFORM RECEIVES $200,000 GRANT AND BETA RELEASE FOR BROADER GLOBAL IMPACT

ORLANDO, Fla. (May 7, 2009) – Crisis-mapping platform Ushahidi, a mobile-phone and Web-based tool, received a $200,000 grant to aid in further development of its platform. Ushahidi is also expanding its global offering of crisis information by releasing the open Beta …

The last two days I’ve been part of the human rights “Soul of the New Machine” conference in Berkeley, California. I talked about mobile phones, especially about gathering and disseminating information via PDAs and normal mobile phones. Here are my notes for the talk.

Just in Time Data

I’m here to talk to you a little about gathering real-time information from normal people. The organization that I co-founded is Ushahidi, we began last …