A few of us Ushahidians spent this past week at OSCON 2014 (Open Source Conference) in beautiful sunny (well, almost) Portland, OR and here is our report back to you on the festival of all things open source. TL;DR We went to fascinating sessions, we drank Portland beer, we made new friends, and we got to share our work at Ushahidi with group of very inspired, super high-tech hot shots.
The week started off with …

“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 …

It’s not everyday that you get the opportunity to run a marathon alongside The Big Five (Kenya’s infamous gang of lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos, and cape buffalo)—but this weekend was a rare exception. On Friday, a caravan of employees from Ushahidi, BRCK, and the iHub piled into Land Rovers and headed north to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. Lewa Downs is home to the annual Safaricom Marathon and Half Marathon, a punishing yet stunningly …

As I reflect back on the Ushahidi's first 6 years, I realize that they have been an education in many ways, but possibly the most important lesson is that it is important to do what is hard. To work on things that are more big and difficult than what most people are willing to attempt. To question assumptions on what can be done.

Many of our posts over the last month have centered around stepping back and refocusing on who we are, where we are, and where we want to be. It's the continued insight and vision that follows our annual retreat, that time each year -- this year in early February -- where our global team has the opportunity to be in the same room, to focus on the work ahead and the year ahead. As we talk about improving community engagementon growth and future alignment, and on being the best Q we can be, these are all big ventures that are going to require help. You might have noticed our team looked a little bigger in this year's group photo as, over the past few months, we've grown our group considerably, bringing on a new round of super ninjas to help deliver on products and promises for our community and our clients.

Q, the brilliant tool creator from James Bond

We believe our place is at the bleeding edge of the fight for social good. Everyone at Ushahidi comes to work here because we know that every day people around the world use the tools we build to improve the lives of millions. In other words, in the fight for a better world, we aren’t 007, we’re Q.

We’re very excited to announce that BRCK is spinning out as a company of its own, as was the plan from the beginning of the year. It’s interesting how Ushahidi has incubated or catalyze a number of things over the last 5 years, from the iHub and BRCK, to helping start CrisisMappers. A pattern that we hope continues.

The Ushahidi leadership team and the Board thought long and hard about how we …