We aim to grow and support our community, both developers and users. This is a bit of a juggle with the many moving parts of three software products combined with a global network of people using our software for election monitoring, crisis/emergency response and civil society actions. For recognition, we have a few existing programs for the community and our partners. We’ll be growing these programs and adding a few new ones in the coming …

Happy week! We are awash with news from the community about participation, awards and upcoming events. Does anyone else feel like September just turned into a roller coaster of action? Here’s some news to keep your head spinning:

From the Community International Conference of Crisis Mappers 2012

A reminder that the International Conference of Crisis Mappers is October 11 -14, 2012 in Washington, DC. There is still time to get involved. …

Ushahidi was born out of a flawed election. The post election violence in 2008 following the fractious Kenyan election season of 2007 highlighted the need for a tool that allowed ordinary citizens to report on incidences that would otherwise have been under reported or completed unreported. Since then we have watched Ushahidi grow and evolve into a tool which ordinary citizens around the world have adopted and adapted to collect information, …

In the weekly, translation successes and requeests, upcoming events, help wanted on the Ushahidi Forums and a new badge for Deployment of the Week:

Upcoming Events:

Three continents, three events in the coming week. Click on the links to register.

Toronto, Canada (Wednesday, September 19, 2012) – Maps and Mobile.
Join us to talk local and global mapping projects, plus learn about friends Medic Mobile and Souktel.

Seoul, South Korea (Thursday, …

[Guest post by Faye Anderson of the Yo! Philly Votes team]

I am a voting rights activist who has monitored elections in Ethiopia and Angola, and led democracy workshops in Kazakhstan. Since 2006, I have live-blogged from Election Day command centers organized by the Election Protection Coalition and the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation.

I’m now spearheading Yo! Philly Votes, a citizen-led initiative that will crowdsource election protection in Philadelphia, …

Ushahidi and our community is known for broaching new ground. To accompany this, we are also keen to encourage more research. Today we’re excited to share two important reports from the Knight Foundation and Crowdglobe Funded by Internews.

For the past few months, I have been summarizing Ushahidi community successes and best practices into sound byte form for those TLDR (Too Long Didn’t Read) people: …

It’s always fun to welcome people to the team who have such long history with Ushahidi.

Rob Baker
There are a lot of people who put a great deal of time and effort into helping others deploy Ushahidi. Rob Baker is one of them, and has been a part of Ushahidi’s community of developers for over two years. Before officially joining Ushahidi, his contributions to the community earned him the first ever induction …

The Fall season is upon us. Programs, events and software projects are growing. If my inbox is any indication, you are all a busy lot. In this week’s report we have our Deployment of the Week from Nepal, a few ways to support your project and some upcoming events.

Deployment of the Week: Nepal Monitor

Neil Horning is leading development of Nepal Monitor: Monitoring Nepal’s human rights and security situation. He has been …