The J2me team is made up of self-motivated individuals from the professional arena and also those still pursuing their undergraduates. They are what I call Java/J2me extremists.  Although words like “glass pane” and “spinner” were flashed around during the meet up, I tried to fit in.

The team unanimously agreed to use the Light-Weight UI Toolkit (LWUIT). LWUIT for Java ME is a UI library that is bundled together with applications and helps developers to …

SwiftRiver is Ushahidi’s software platform for managing large streams of data. Over the past 30 days we completely rewrote the SwiftRiver app to make it faster, leaner and easier to use. Because of the rewrite, some things like the veracity slider have been removed, but expect them to return in the next release version 0.3.0 Benga.

This latest release is the most-stable, most-exciting build released to date. There’s a lot of new features in …

For all you WordPress publishers out there interested in SwiftRiver there are two official plugins we’re releasing today that bring Swift to your platform of choice: WP-SiLCC and WP-Veracity.

WP-SiLCC

WP-SiLCC is an auto tagging plug-in. Users who run news sites or aggregators should consider using this to add a basic level of taxonomy to all posts. WP-SiLCC also allows users to tag their own posts for sites that prefer a more folksonomic approach. …

The Ushahidi team is always excited to hear news of initiatives that build upon the Ushahidi platform, be it implementations on the web, or those that use the different clients developed for mobile phones. The first complete phone client for Ushahid was Windows Mobile, which was spearheaded by Dale Zak, with extensive assistance from Pablo Destefanis and the rest of the Ushahidi developer community. It is with excitement that we share the news …

[Guest Post by JD Godchaux, Executive Director and Lela Prashad, Chief Technology Officer of NiJeL | Community Impact Through Mapping. Lela holds an MS in Geological Sciences from Arizona State University (ASU). JD holds a Master in Public Administration from ASU. Lela and JD worked to deploy Unite Arizona along with Project Manager of Unite Arizona, Layal Rabat. Lela can be reached at lprashad 'at' nijel.org, JD at jd 'at' nijel.org, and …

[Guest blog post by Denise Roz Sewell who is in charge of Crisis Mapping for the Fletcher Team running the Ushahidi-Haiti Project. She just returned from a 2-week mission in Haiti. Roz is also Pickering Fellow and was a Fulbright scholar in Morocco prior to joining the graduate program The Fletcher School.]

I am a crisis mapper. I have been mapping need in Haiti. That means that I take a message (from …

One of the great joys of being a part of Ushahidi is the calibre of the people that you work with. We run a small and tight ship, so we have to be very particular about who joins us full time. Thus far we’ve been overly fortunate in the quality of individuals who are here. Today I’m excited to announce the arrival of two individuals who have been a part of the community for a …

The first session on Ushahidi 101 took place on May 12th, attracting 16 people from different organizations in Nairobi.

The session was meant to introduce Ushahidi to people who may not already know how it works, share the special features that we may not be using or didn’t know how they could help and most important was to network; share experiences on how Ushahidi is applicable in various organizational settings.

The introduction dealt with …