As the North Eastern coast of the US and Canada prepare for Hurricane Sandy, so has the crisismapping community. Citizens helping citizens during emergencies is important. We hope that you are safe and prepared. From the Google Crisis Response map, you can see the storm’s progression.
Community and code – can this week be any better! In the weekly, we are proud to recognize some amazing community leaders, announcing even more new code (who needs sleep?) and, finally, share some upcoming events including an IDEO hackathon.
Happy week! We are awash with news from the community about participation, awards and upcoming events. Does anyone else feel like September just turned into a roller coaster of action? Here’s some news to keep your head spinning:
Ushahidi was born out of a flawed election. The post election violence in 2008 following the fractious Kenyan election season of 2007 highlighted the need for a tool that allowed ordinary citizens to report on incidences that would otherwise have been under reported or completed unreported.
In the weekly, translation successes and requeests, upcoming events, help wanted on the Ushahidi Forums and a new badge for Deployment of the Week:
Three continents, three events in the coming week. Click on the links to register.
Ushahidi and our community is known for broaching new ground. To accompany this, we are also keen to encourage more research. Today we’re excited to share two important reports from the Knight Foundation and Crowdglobe Funded by Internews.