Weekly: Community Dev Chat, Help Wanted
Happy Mid-August! In this week’s report: A number of deployers are seeking help on their projects from election mapping to animal welfare. Usahhidi needs some help supporting the academics/researchers community. The next Ushahidi Community Developer chat is August 20th. Tech President is brainsourcing a timeline of Politics and the Internet.
Into the code
The next Ushahidi Developer community call is on Monday, August 20th UTC. Join us to talk plug-in architecture, Swift River testing and Ushahidi 3.0. This is a community developer focused call, so you pick the topics on our skype and developer chat rooms. These calls alternate time-zones monthly to reach the global community.
Corresponding UTC (GMT) Monday, August 20, 2012 at 17:00:00
Nairobi (Kenya) Monday, August 20, 2012 at 8:00:00 PM EAT
London (United Kingdom – England) Monday, August 20, 2012 at 6:00:00 PM BST
Seattle (U.S.A. – Washington) Monday, August 20, 2012 at 10:00:00 AM PDT
New York (U.S.A. – New York) Monday, August 20, 2012 at 1:00:00 PM EDT
How to join: Participate in one of the community’s following Skype conversations: “Ushahidi Dev Chat,” “Swift Public” and “Ushahidi Mobile Chat.” If you are not a member of the Skype conversations, contact Heather Leson (heatherleson) for an invite. Or, Ping us on irc.freenode.net (#ushahidi)
A recording of the call will be published here shortly after its conclusion.
Deployment of the Week
Open for Business: Small firms open for business during the London 2012 Games is this the Deployment of the Week. The Federation of Small Businesses used Ushahidi to garner support using social media. Congratulations to this team! Ushahidi has been used to track business or promote business previously to Crowdsource Consumer Rights.
In the Community
Ushahidi developer help:
Yo Philly Votes is seeking developer support in the Philly area or EST timezone. They have some big community engagement projects coming up and need support. To help, please contact Faye Anderson andersonatlarge AT gmail Dot com. You can see their progress on Twitter @215votes and Facebook.
Global Animal Welfare seeks developer help for a GAIA map project Zimbabwe. They focus on special environmental protection projects. To learn more, please contact Brad Anthony – ceo AT globalanimalwelfare Dot org.
Autumn academic programs start soon. If you are interested in researching Ushahidi and our deployers, join our community mailing list. and tell us about your ideas/needs. If you have ideas that you think need more research, add them to our Research Community page on the wiki. We are contacted frequently by MA students and others asking for topic ideas or guidance. We’d love a hand supporting them. You can simply edit the wiki page or ping hleson at ushahidi dot com to get started.
More Community news
EcoCity Builders released their Rio +20 Summary Report. We publish reports of projects using Ushahidi on the community site. See more research.
Tech President included Ushahidi in their living Technology and Politics Timeline (thanks!). Many deployers have used technology for elections, including Ushahidi. If you have an example to share, add your concept to the Tech President form.
Elections seems to be a big theme this week. Rock the Post have an offer if you use their services. Projects that are referred to Rock The Post by your company will receive a discounted fee for our services. That is, for the first three months of the partnership, project creators will receive 50% off of our fee. After the initial three months, project creators will receive 20% off of our fee. Your organization will be listed as a resource on Rock The Post’s Partners page and your organization’s services will be promoted throughout their community.
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