Guest post by Tarik Nesh-Nash, Director of Software Centre, Morocco and Founder of Marsad.ma.

Technology is reshaping politics. In Morocco, the Internet is largely used by citizens to claim change, organize manifestations and even debate political reforms. Now, using Ushahidi, Moroccans are participating in election monitoring on Marsad.ma (Marsad, in Arabic, means Observatory).

Marsad.ma follows the lead of other successful international efforts to promote transparency and fight electoral fraud …

At Ushahidi, we’re big fans of Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK). Our team participates and organizes these important hackathons in a few locations. It is inspiring to encourage brainy hacks from global participants aimed at solving real-world problems. RHoK held a Water Hackathon on October 21/22/23, 2011. One London (UK) team ) used Ushahidi as part of their water hack solution.

Guest post by Dirk Gorissen , …

Brandon with his son, Hudson.

We are pleased to announce that Brandon Rosage (@brosage) has joined Team Ushahidi! He comes on board as a web designer and we couldn’t be more thrilled.

Brandon comes to us with loads of experience. From traditional journalism and publishing all the way to co-founding a local internet broadcast network, Brandon has been building on the web for the past seven years. In addition to that, Brandon is …

On 11 November at the iHub in Nairobi and streamed online, Ushahidi and iHub Research will present research projects that are currently underway, talk about the role of research at Ushahidi and the iHub, and extend an invitation to the research community to participate in a discussion about how we might collaborate in the future.

With over 20,000 deployments and growing, Ushahidi has become a rich resource to study crowdsourcing, online communities and …

Ushahidi is honoured to be recognized by the Future Quotient Report of the 50 Stars of Seriously Long-Term Innovation. JWT and Volans conducted a survey of 500 public, private and NGO leaders which showed that over 90% think the ability to think and act with long-term horizons in mind is very important, and 80% see it as getting more important. They also conducted workshops and expert interviews.

Organizations including TED, …

Saturday, Fleet Week, Blue Angels, Silicon Valley Code Camp and a warm sunny day in San Francisco, and happily, about twenty people spent the day thinking about mapping their communities and verification of data. Though we planned for hacking code too, folks were drawn to these tasks.

Verification Brainstorming

The question was how to think about (and possibly design in) more flexibility for verification in Ushahidi. Verification is a critical feature of …

Guest post from Craig Lockwood, sharing his experience using Ushahidi as a checkin platform for the The Cardiff Design Festival.

I came across Ushahidi a few months ago and made a mental bookmark, ‘This may be useful one day’ I told myself.

Within just a few days I found myself working on a project that could potentially benefit from the Ushahidi feature set. The Cardiff Design Festival wanted to create a user …

Congratulations to the eMazingira team for being selected as a Runner-Up in the 2011 World Summit Youth Award! The eMagingira Environmental Campaign has been selected by the WSYA Jury 2011 as the WSYA Runner-Up in the 2011 competition and will be issued with a certificate/trophy at the Winners’ Event 2011 in Graz, Austria on November 10-13th 2011. As such, it has been chosen from among over 700 contributions as examples of creative and innovative …