Deployments and deployers are the backbone of all things Ushahidi. So, a few months ago we started to recognize Deployments of the Week We are delighted to see the wide-range of projects on any given week. : October 15 – United for Global Change, SMS in Action: SMS Solutions for Social Good and one to track WildHorses in Romania.

The Criteria: Recognize deployments, deployers, teams of deployers, individuals and communities and feature …

During the month of September, we’re releasing one theme a week for the Ushahidi platform. This is third theme to be released. Check out the previous two!

Meet “Polaroid”

For this theme, we wanted to really break from the traditional map + categories layout found in many Ushahidi deployments. Our goal was to highlight the individual report location and also create a seamless viewing experience for the full report details. We …

The Ushahidi community survey results are in! We’ve been fortunate to have people share their input and feedback to help us improve. The key themes were:

Ushahidi needs stronger, unified documentation (a master wiki) Provide an accountable customer service work-flow Create an open development process, and Increase community programming to support mentorship and training. Who is our community?

Ushahidi is used by five primary groups: international/local development, crisismappers/community capacity/civil society, media/communications, non-governmental/non-profit and governmental …

We’ve been connecting with old and new friends during the past week or so. Meetups were held in Montreal (CA) (Sept.12th), Lusaka (ZA) (Sept. 13th), Ottawa (CA) (Sept. 15th), London (UK ) (Sept. 16th), and Mombasa (KE) (Sept 17th). Connecting with the Ushahidi community helps us focus on the mission to support their efforts. The Ushahidi team really values the “not-in-front-of-our-computer” time to both learn and share. So, we’re planning more events for the …

The Ushahidi .ke Evaluation Launch was held on August 25th, 2011 in Nairobi, Kenya. The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative research team led by Jennifer Chan and Melissa Tully, supported by the Knight Foundation, conducted evaluation research. Over the year, they interviewed Kenyan Ushahidi deployers, specifically those participating in Uchaguzi, Unsung Heros and Building Bridges, and had community members help shape the research deliverables. Evaluation to action was a key goal of the project. …

During the month of September, we’re releasing one theme a week for the Ushahidi platform. This is second theme to be released.

Meet “Unicorn” <- because we can ;)

The default Ushahidi theme has the classic two column layout with the map on the left and the categories on the right. With Unicorn, we decided to change things up a bit and give the map the full width of the page. It’s clean, simple …

[Guest blog post by Nick Martin, co-founder and president of Tech4Change]

From Local Training to Global Capacity Building

At TechChange we believe the best way to learn crisis mapping tools like Ushahidi is to immerse participants in dynamic simulations in which they are forced to make challenging decisions with limited time and resources. TechChange designs and runs simulations for a number of conditions including the outbreak of disease or famine, human migration, aid and resource …

The MightyMoRiver team, lead by Chris Augeri and Bill Sousan, worked throughout the summer of 2011 to tell the story of water levels and flooding around the Missouri River. Collaborating closely with Brian Hebert, Director of Crowdmap, they also provided valuable feedback (including bug reports, feature requests and use case detail) to improve the core Crowdmap software for other deployers.

Chris’s presentation at the Silicon Prairie News Start-up Demo Night