A little over two weeks after beginning this Ushahidi deployment, John and I arrived at the Rights and Rice Foundation for our first hands-on training.  We’ve met with over a dozen organizations that have expressed an interest in having customized Ushahidi instances, yet it was the small staff at Rights and Rice (affectionately known as R&R) who were the first to quickly organized themselves for a software tutorial.  Musu, Patience and Anthony were waiting for …

Dale Zak has been a long-time volunteer developer on the Ushahidi platform. He created the Windows Mobile app, and has been helpful connecting and working with our other friends and partners at places like The Extraordinairies and FrontlineSMS. His work is always top-notch, and he’s widely respected within the mobile app dev circles in our non-profit space as one of the best around.

Dale has been an influential member of …

There are a few things that you must know before you get the team to go out to lunch; book them at least two days in advance, warn them ten minutes to time and ten minutes after because they will still be stuck on their laptops.

From instance:

The lunch was a late welcome for Henry, he has been in Kenya for sometime

Henry is a developer at Ushahidi and works mainly from Accra, …

My name is Nick Martin, President of TechChange: The Institute for Technology and Social Change. Last month I taught the first ever course on “Technology and Peace” at the UN-mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) in Costa Rica. The course drew 16 participants from 11 countries, representing a number of distinguished organizations including Ashoka, the Council on Foreign Relations and George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR).

Participants engaged in discussions, …

For the past two weeks I’ve been in the UK doing quite a bit of work to answer questions, conduct interviews and even give a few talks about the SwiftRiver platform. I hosted our second SwiftRiver 101 in central London and held private sessions with a number of media groups interested in finding out more about the platform and it’s capabilities.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Jon Fildes from the BBC …

[Guest blog post: Sayon Dutta is an emergency medicine physician with prior training in aerospace engineering and currently is completing a research fellowship in applied technologies. His research includes GIS and mobile technologies in humanitarian emergencies and the utilization of medical informatics to improve patient care in the Emergency Department. He is a key contributor the the HSI simulation applied technology module. Jennifer Chan is an associate faculty member at Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), an emergency medicine physician and public health provider. …

Submission of reports to the Ushahidi platform to date has been made possible via web, text messages (sms), email and twitter. We are pleased to let you know that you can now add voice reporting to that list. This has been something of a holy grail for us, as we endeavored to answer the ‘how do you voice enable a website?’ question.

All this has been made possible through Cloudvox. Cloudvox is …

The Ushahidi platforms’ growing use has been astounding to say the least. The platform has been download almost 4000 times, not counting the mobile applications. The mobile applications (including the Android Oil Spill reporter by Henry Addo) have been downloaded more than 3700 times. As an organization that is barely two years old, it is encouraging to see adoption of the platform in various countries and for diverse uses. Be it election monitoring

The following is a guest post from Mark Belinsky of Digital Democracy. This post originally appeared on the Digital Democracy blog, an NGO that educates 21st century citizens around the world and a partner of Ushahidi’s.

Violence is closely correlated to elections in the minds of many voters in young democracies. With elections and democracy correlated as well, there’s a dangerous chance that people will draw causation between violence and democracy.

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