The following is a guest post from Ushahidi community member Kennedy Kasina.

It was my first time at an Ushahidi community meetup, let alone even my first time to meet face to face with some developers. More like a D-day for me :)

The gathering of ‘shahidis’ (members of the Ushahidi community)

Besides the food, on the menu was also discussion on growing and furthering the community here Kenya as well as exploring some …

An Ushahidi tradition is to name all of our major releases after African cities that have had disturbances. Today we’re announcing the “Goma” release of the platfrom, version 0.9 – named after that oft-beleaguered town in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

We had three main areas that we focused on for this Goma; stability, speed and mobile apps. To introduce the release, here’s David Kobia:

Stability, Speed and Mobile Apps:

Since we became an organization last year we’ve only brought on one person to the Ushahidi staff to help with the increasing amount of work (Henry Addo in Ghana), making 5 of us total. Of course, this has only been possible due to the outstanding community of programmers, testers, grad students, translators, bloggers and designers who openly volunteer their time to the project.

Last month Ory announced a grant that Ushahidi received …

We’re extremely grateful to the programmers and designers who dedicate their valuable time, brains and resources to making Ushahidi what it is. As a thank you, we’ve created a special “Ushahidi Dev Team” t-shirt that is only given to people who have laid down some code or done design work (though we might make an exception for individuals who have done an extensive language translation of the content).

Men’s shirt is tan: