Kenya

Ushahidi-Kenya Evaluation: First Steps

[Post written with Jennifer Chan. This post is the first in a series of blog posts documenting a 9-month Ushahidi evaluation project in partnership with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative supported by the Knight Foundation.]

Video: Michael Joseph on his decade as Safaricom CEO

Moses Kemibaro made an amazing video of Safaricom’s departing CEO, Michael Joseph, who spoke for about 2 hours at iHub on his wildly successful and "peculiar" decade at the helm of Safaricom, Kenya’s leading mobile network.

Ushahidi Video: Creating a New Narrative

Ushahidi: Creating a New Narrative from Ushahidi on Vimeo.
The Ushahidi Platform allows everyone to create the narrative.
In this video, the Ushahidi founders and others discuss the origins of, and rational behind, the Ushahidi platform.

Stepping Down as Ushahidi Executive Director

It is almost 3 years to the day that I sent out a plea to Kenyan bloggers and techies to help me build what would become Ushahidi.

Kenya's Mobile Data Price War Results: 116% Growth in Mobile Advertising

BuzzCity, a mobile media company, is charting the impact of the mobile data price war between Safaricom and Bharti Airtel. Buzz City serves mobile ads, and in the 3rd Quarter of 2010, it served 506 million ad impressions to Kenyans, a 116% increase from the 2nd Quarter - the second quarter in a row of double-digit increases.

$100 Huawei Android Mobile Phone is Bringing the Netbook Revolution to Smartphones

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Yesterday, Huawei introduced a revolutionary Android smartphone in the Kenyan market. The tech specs for the IDEOS mobile phone will make any hardware geek drool - 2.8-inch (240x320) touch display, 528MHz processor, 3.2-megapixel camera, 16Gig memory with a microSD slot, HSDPA, Wi-Fi (802.11n), GPS, Bluetooth, and 3G Mobile Hotspot support for up to eight devices. That's hot and all, but...

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It is the $100 price that's revolutionary

Ushahidi Developer Meetup

Following the successful deployment of Ushahidi in Kenya during the constitutional referendum ‘Uchaguzi’, and the community meetups held every month at the ihub, the developer community in Kenya came together at the ihub yesterday. The main reason for coming together was to learn from long time coder Jason Mule, and developer Linda Kamau.

3 Reasons Why the Kenyan Mobile Tariff Price War Matters to ICT Companies

Kenyan consumers are rightly excited that the mobile phone company Zain, now owned by Bharti Airtel, has kicked off a price war with just announced unprecedented low and permanent new tariffs of Kes. 3.00 to call and Kes. 1.00 per SMS message to any mobile network in Kenya. This huge price reduction caused such a storm of traffic on Zain's network, they actually had connectivity problems with other mobile phone companies.

ICT Enabled a Safe and Clean Constitutional Referendum in Kenya

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The relative calm surrounding Kenya's constitutional referendum held on August 4 is a stark departure from the violence that marred the infamous 2007 general election. The proposed constitution would limit presidential power and institute land reform, among other changes. One factor that may have contributed to the peaceful vote was the use of information and communications technology.

Find Love and Money in Online Dating for Africans

Love is messy and very, very inefficient - just how many frogs to men and women have to kiss to find a Prince or Princess? This inefficiency just calls out for the automation, search, and long-tail power of the Internet, and for the most part that call has been answered in the major Western economies. Online dating and match-making sites are plentiful and profitable. But what about African dating sites?

Cyber connections on Dating.co.ke

A Big Thank You to the Uchaguzi Volunteers!

Today is a day of gratitude! Peace has prevailed in Kenya and the Uchaguzi volunteers have filled the iHub and virtual Ushahidi community with positivity and productivity for the past two days.  Thank you, all!
The Uchaguzi project brought more than 70 volunteers to the iHub August 3rd and 4th (with at least 12 others joining remotely).  Volunteers helped map and process over 1400 messages as well as assisted our team of Ushahidi developers fix bugs that popped up during the Uchaguzi deployment.  The volunteers met the challenge with incredible enthusiasm, focus, patience, and a spirit of fun!  We couldn’t be prouder to have such a wonderful Ushahidi community!

Uchaguzi Midday Update

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We’re midway through the main day for Uchaguzi, and all is going well. The tech team is working hard on fixing a couple bugs (we had issues with the Twitter feed and email reports earlier), but we’re now moving on that. We’ve got hundreds of incoming SMS messages and the election monitoring group we’re partnered with (CRECO) is doing a fantastic job of getting those incoming reports verified.

Uchaguzi: Kenya Video and Press Release

(video by Jon Shuler)

Here’s our press release on Uchaguzi in Kenya.
News Release:
Contact name: Erik Hersman
Phone: 0729 157 257
Contact email: [email protected]
TEXT #3018 via PERSONAL CELL PHONES to REPORT FRAUD, VIOLENCE, OR PEACE DURING KENYA’s CONSTITUTIONAL REFERENDUM VOTE

Uchaguzi: An Ushahidi deployment for Kenya’s 2010 Constitutional Referendum

Uchaguzi - Kenya decides on a new constitution
The Ushahidi platform was born out of the 2007-2008 post-election violence.  While the organizational mission is to keep improving the technology behind Ushahidi, the team is also invested in its continued use in Kenya.  Because of this, Ushahidi has launched Uchaguzi.co.ke (which means “elections” in Swahili) with 3 Kenyan partner organizations to monitor the August 4th Constitutional Referendum vote. 

Human Capacity Puzzle Pieces in ICT4D Projects

Many computer labs go unused because no one in the community sees the need to use computers and therefore they have not even learned how to use them. Yet the community cannot return the computers nor afford their upkeep.
However, this is not the case regarding a computer lab near me in Kenya. The organization that sold the computers to the community provided intensive training to the lab managers. The youth center that owns the lab has plans to hold classes, as well as use the lab as an information center to educate on and prevent drug abuse and HIV/AIDS infection for the community. This demonstrates that they both had an idea of how to use the computers and had thought of activities for which they could be used.

Human Capacity Puzzle Pieces in ICT4D Projects

Many computer labs go unused because no one in the community sees the need to use computers and therefore they have not even learned how to use them. Yet the community cannot return the computers nor afford their upkeep.
However, this is not the case regarding a computer lab near me in Kenya. The organization that sold the computers to the community provided intensive training to the lab managers. The youth center that owns the lab has plans to hold classes, as well as use the lab as an information center to educate on and prevent drug abuse and HIV/AIDS infection for the community. This demonstrates that they both had an idea of how to use the computers and had thought of activities for which they could be used.

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