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Two weeks ago our team gathered in Austin, Texas for the annual SXSW conference. A few of us were speaking, a few of us live there, and a few of us came for a Ushahidi design team hit team meeting. Altogether we had nine team members in Austin at different times throughout the week. We ate brisket, huddled around outdoor coffee shops for sunny coding sessions, visited the manufacturing floor of BRCK, and braved the …

Its been 4 years since the first Ushahidi manual was announced and released. Anahi Ayala Iacucci,Senior Innovation Advisor for the Internews Center for Innovation & Learning, who’s worked on several Ushahidi deployments, did an amazing job of taking the initiative to provide Ushahidi users a step by step guide on how to use the platform through this document. It has served as the basis for a lot of the training work I have …

Metrics, data, leadership, execution

As a distributed organization actively working across every continent (except Antarctica), we at Ushahidi have to communicate across an amazingly diverse set of cultures, languages, and perspectives. We have found one unlikely language that can translates across all, can quickly bring people from different nations together seeing eye to eye: the language of numbers, data.

So much has been written about the potential value of data in every part of the …

The Nigerian elections are happening this weekend and over the coming week and Ushahidi has been working with the Stakeholder Democracy Network (SDN), and developers Dan Woods and Quinn Lee to create an early warning dashboard for violence in the run up, during and immediately after the elections.

Stakeholder Democracy Network has been working in the Niger Delta for over 10 years. During the 2011 elections, they used the Ushahidi powered Niger Delta Watch

We blogged about OpenExplorer in November last year, describing how we used it to track our Nile adventure. We thought it would be interesting to go into more detail about what exactly this tool is and how our Solutions Team was engaged to build it.

OpenExplorer is a digital log book which allows adventurers and citizen scientists to plan, document, and share their expeditions with the OpenROV community. Through the site, explorers can also …

New to a space? Just listen.

Working on a global project like Making All Voices Count is an eye-opening task that can also be daunting for the lone programme officer venturing out to find innovative ideas to support. There are so many different contexts to discover, so many ideas to sift through and so many people with different perspectives to process. While I am working in at most four countries in Africa (we …

Guest blog post by Amel Fahmy, Co-Founder of Harassmap, Principle Investigator of “Towards a Safer City. Sexual Harassment in Greater Cairo: Effectiveness of Crowdsourced Data.”

HarassMap was launched in 2010 with a mission to end the social acceptability of sexual harassment. HarassMap argues that, regardless of other factors, the ultimate reason sexual harassment exists is that people do not speak up to end its social acceptability. The initiative was the first to …

Post by Ken Banks, Innovation Strategy and Fellowships Director
Ushahidi / Making All Voices Count

Civil society organisations working on the frontlines of governance and accountability issues across much of the developing world are often the first to spot an opportunity for innovation. After all, they live and breathe the problem day-to-day, and have often faced it personally, making them – more often than not – the best people to find the best …

Since joining Ushahidi in the beginning of last month, I have been working exclusively on the design and front-end code of Version 3 of the Ushahidi Platform. When V3 is finished, it will have six years worth of improvements, including increased functionality and a shiny responsive design.

The Ushahidi Platform’s greatest strength is also what creates the most challenges for its design — flexibility. Data can be displayed on maps, graphs, as lists, …