Ushahidi OS Part 1: Define the Problem - Structure without Bureaucracy and Making the Implicit, Explicit

A few years back we came upon a real tension in the organization. We were over 5 years old, people had burned out and reignited, or didn’t, a new guarde came in to help scale, and we had grown in size from our early startup years. And we realized that we had very little idea what everyone was doing each day and who was responsible for what. Here is how we went about fixing it.

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Ushahidi Wins Shield in the Cloud Competition

We’re thrilled to announce that on February 28th, Ushahidi was a winner of the inaugural Shield in the Cloud Competition for innovative technologies combating corruption. The challenge was put on by C5, and supported by PeaceTech Lab, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and SAP NS2. A dinner to announce the awards was held at C5’s PeaceTech Accelerator located at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, DC.

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Ushahidi is Celebrating our 10 Year Anniversary!

Ushahidi is celebrating our 10th year. This is pretty amazing, in light of the fact that we were founded by four Kenyan bloggers a decade ago to keep people safe during the post election violence in Kenya. Since then our software has been used over 150,000 times in over 160 countries, crowdsourcing more than 30 million reports from citizens. Ushahidi’s mission is to build technology to help disadvantaged people raise their voice, and those who serve them to listen and respond better. Fundamentally, we are that communication pathway, the improvement between these two sides, the helpers and those who need help, all around the world.

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