We are excited to announce yet another bug fix release of the Ushahidi platform dubbed 2.7.4. We knocked out a couple of bugs with this release, including password validation errors, runtime errors in settings and when submitting reports, cached theme settings issues, 2MB file upload limit and much more. One great push that is going into this release is the update on Openlayers to 2.13.1. With this update, Bing maps should now be …

In the last couple of weeks, we’ve rolled out four beta releases, and held different community discussions around what Ushahidi v3 looks like and infrastructural changes within the platform.

Here’s a run down of what we rolled out on v3.0.00-beta.4.

Last Thursday, we hosted yet another discussion around the roadmap to launching Ushahidi v3. We also gave a first look into what the Ushahidi toolkit and guide, which John Crowley and …

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

On Thursday I traveled an hour out of Asuncion, Paraguay to a small town called Cerrito where I spent the day learning about Fundacion Paraguaya’s financially self-sufficient school. Since we are developing V3 of the Ushahidi platform with Fundacion Paraguaya as a partner and deployer of the product, I wanted to get a stronger understanding of all their initiatives to understand their technology needs and how we can help the most. …

I met with Martin Burt, the Executive Director and founder of Fundacion Paraguaya a few days ago and he said two things that left me contemplative. The first was that poverty is an emergency, and the second was that perhaps the most important factor in achieving something is a belief that you can.

Consider the first point. The widely accepted understanding of an emergency is something that is urgent and needs to be addressed immediately. At …

Well, I’m off! Saturday was the beginning of several weeks of UX research as I traverse across the globe in preparation for Ushahidi’s V3 platform launch. The Ushahidi platform is an open source tool for data management and visualization. It’s highly customizable and we’ve seen people use it for a variety of different instances, from election monitoring to water point tracking. You can see some examples here. I’m the product manager for …

Cross-posted from OpenCrisis.com TL;DR: it's global community! I’m sitting in the iHub Nairobi today, waiting for Space Apps Challenge to start.  I’ve been in Kenya for a few days now, spending time with the amazing techs here, and getting more and more impatient for the first BRCKs to go on sale (and not just because I’m about to be working in rural Tanzania).  Because the one thing that holds people back here, and in many other "developing" countries, is connectivity. The ability to connect to the global community of information that the internet and all its page, apps, and datastores offers without having those “I would get you that information but the power just went off / the internet just went down” moments.  BRCK is designed to help solve that type of connectivity problem.  But there are other forms of connection happening across the internet: the human ones.

Deployment of the Week

This week, we recognise two deployments for their outstanding work and efforts.

Crisis scape embark on a mission to trace and research cases of migrant attacks in Athens.

We could all use more compassion and humility. Jon Ramer and the Compassion Games Team have been learning, planning and mapping to launch their Deployment of the Week:


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