I’ve been on and off the road since the end of June, it’s nearing the end of July, I’m not going to lie, the adventure has been unbelievably amazing, but I am excited for a hot water shower and the comfort of my own bed! The past two weeks have been a whirlwind. I’ve been in seven different airports, six different countries, and three different continents. I’ve miraculously avoided getting sick, and

“How’s your summer going?” I have been asked this question countless times from friends, family, and former colleagues since landing in Nairobi four weeks ago. This open-ended inquiry is usually followed up with, “What’s Ushahidi like and how are the people?” While I cannot claim to be an expert, the last month working in the Ushaverse (the collection of enterprises and initiatives launched by Erik Hersman, Juliana Rotich, David Kobia, and others) has provided me …

The International Crisis Mappers Conference(ICCM) is almost here. The event, set to pull in Crisis Mappers from across the globe is slated to happen between November 18th and November 22nd in Nairobi, Kenya. Read more about the full ICCM conference here.

You’re invited to a skill share pre-conference day at the iHub on 19th November, 2013. This pre-conference training day is open to everyone within the community for a small fee($50.00), paid to …

Deployment of the week

We applaud the efforts of Foodsync.org, utilizing the power of technology to reduce waste and connect surplus food to the hungry by mapping out food donations from participating vendors and delivery of these donations to organizations in the US.

Tech Tools for Emergencies

The recent terrorist attacks in Nairobi shook all of us to the core. Thankfuly, all members of the Ushahidi Kenya team and their families are safe. …

(Post written by Jepchumba, Designer at Ushahidi and Founder of the African Digital Art Network)

As a team, Ushahidi made the conscious decision to redirect its approach to building its core services and products. We collectively declared that design must be involved from the beginning to the end of every lifecycle of everything we launched. Design when stripped bare is the art of communication. Being in the business of crowd source data across …

[Guest post by Rhoda Omenya, iHub Research. Rhoda lead the Uchaguzi Monitoring and Evaluation project. Cross-posted from the ihub blog.]

iHub Research conducted a 6-month assessment of the Kenya 2013 Uchaguzi deployment. Today, we release the final report detailing the process of deploying the ICT election-monitoring platform during the March 4th Kenya elections. An earlier brief was released immediately after the week of the Kenyan elections …

[This post originally appeared on the Respublica blog, a UK-based thinktank. Guest blog post by Catherine Dempsey, PhD candidate at King's College London, researching innovative uses of technology in community-led conflict prevention - @catherinedem]

Our collective breath was taken away by the bravery of the women who guarded Lee Rigby’s body, the soldier murdered in Woolwich, London on 22nd May, especially Ingrid Loyau-Kennett who engaged directly with the killers, …