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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

This week I am leading a four-part seminar on interest-based negotiation skills at the iHub. The short course is open to Ushahidi team members, m:lab incubatees, and the general iHub community. It builds off of two talks I gave earlier in the summer for the Pivot East and Tech4Africa conferences, but provides much more time for dialogue and a full-blown negotiation simulation. Thanks to the continued support of Harvard’s Program on Negotiation (PON)

This post is the second in a series of articles that will be devoted to explaining the Ushahidi Platform at a technical level for programmers and deployers.

In the last blog post, we explored how the architecture of the Ushahidi Platform is radically changing from v2 to v3. In this post, I will detail the different types of objects that make up the new architecture and what their role is within the system.

If …

Tahrir Sqaure, Egypt during Arab Spring

Every one of the social movements that used the Ushahidi Platform, from disaster response to election monitoring to municipal services, have succeeded because of lowering the barriers for using the platform. While there are key needs across all deployers of the platform, every  movement and every cause has its own unique needs. Enter customizable platforms that enable people with little tech expertise to setup and use a tool that …

Man with a rocket, from Facebook via CrisisNET

Is it possible to find crisis data in the chaos of social media? Which of the 50 million Facebook pages will help you understand a conflict? Can you prove chemical weapons use from watching YouTube?

We did.

Following up on the partnership between CrisisNET and open data journalist Eliot Higgins, I’ll be doing an Ignite talk at OSCON this Sunday. If you haven’t experienced an …

“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 …

(Cross posted from Invested Development)

Ushahidi spinout BRCK Inc. announced today that it has closed a $1.2 million seed round. BRCK is solving last-mile connectivity problems with a device that can bring seamless internet connection to the most remote areas of the world.

Invested Development, an early stage impact investor, led the round for the Nairobi-based technology startup. Invested Development, Omvestments, Urban.us, Cheryl Heller and Gary Scheft …

This post is the first in a series of articles that will be devoted to explaining the Ushahidi Platform at a technical level for programmers and deployers.

One of the fundamental changes in version 3 of the Ushahidi Platform is a movement towards “clean architecture”. The concept of design patterns and system design has been part of programming for over 40 years, but many projects, both open and closed source, fail to completely realize the …