Ushahidi @ Mobile Tech for Social Change

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Net Change Week June 10, 2011
Mobile Technology for Social Change (MT4SC)
MaRSDD

Prepared by Dale Zak and Heather Leson
Presented by Heather Leson including a Demo of Iphone, Ipad and web interfaces

http://netchangeweek.ca/events/schedule/mobile-for-social-change/

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  • My name is Dale Zak, and I’m a mobile developer with Ushahidi.\nI’m gonna play a short video introducing you to the platform.\n
  • So what is Ushahidi?\nUshahidi is open source software to collection and visualize information on a map.\nOpen source means the code is free and publicly available for anyone to use.\nI personally believe Ushahidi is also three things:\n1) Platform - open source, customizable, localizable, anyone can build upon it\n2) Community - global conversation all working towards a common goal\n3) Movement - help empower disadvantaged groups by giving them a voice\n
  • U-sha-hee-dee is the Swahili word for ‘testimony’.\nOriginally a website to report post-election violence from Kenya in 2008. \nThere was gap between what was happening on the ground, and what was being reported in the media. \nUshahidi was created to allow citizens to have a voice, “this is what I see.”\n
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  • And that leads me to the Libya Crisis.\nOn March 2nd, UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) \nrequested the Stand-By Task Force be activated in Libya.\nThe initial map was password protected to ensure safety of reporters, but later made publicly accessible.\n
  • And that leads me to the Libya Crisis.\nOn March 2nd, UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) \nrequested the Stand-By Task Force be activated in Libya.\nThe initial map was password protected to ensure safety of reporters, but later made publicly accessible.\n
  • And that leads me to the Libya Crisis.\nOn March 2nd, UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) \nrequested the Stand-By Task Force be activated in Libya.\nThe initial map was password protected to ensure safety of reporters, but later made publicly accessible.\n
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  • You can visit ushahidi.com or crowdmap.com for more information, thank you!\n
  • Ushahidi @ Mobile Tech for Social Change

    1. 1. What is Ushahidi? Open source software for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping. We build tools for democratizing information, increasing transparency and lowering the barriers for individuals to share their stories.Platform Community Movement ushahidi.com
    2. 2. History "Ushahidi", which means "testimony" in Swahili, was a website that was initially developed to map reports of violence in Kenyaafter post-election fallout at the beginning of 2008. legacy.ushahidi.com
    3. 3. Deployments
    4. 4. Services Ushahidi Crowdmap PluginsSMSSync (Android) iPhone/iPad Checkins (CI)
    5. 5. Election MonitoringMay 2009 - 202 reports, 20,000 views August 2010 - 1525 reports, 20,000 viewsAllow citizen reporting during election Monitor Kenya referendum election votereport.in uchaguzi.co.ke
    6. 6. Citizen Journalism December 2010 - 319 reports, 156,859 views April 2011 - a lot reportsHelp bring awareness to sexual harassment in Egypt Engaging citizens to help design a better city harassmap.com bit.ly/ushahidi_pps
    7. 7. Disaster ResponseMarch 2011 - 8,000+ reports, 144,974 views January 2011 - 99,772 reports, 469,744 viewsMonitor fallout of tsunami and nuclear crisis Monitor the flooding in Australia sinsai.info/ushahidi queenslandfloods.crowdmap.com
    8. 8. Project 4636 bit.ly/ushahidi_haiti
    9. 9. Post Haiti“The 2010 Haiti earthquake response will be remembered as the moment when the level of access to mobile and online communication enabled a kind of collective intelligence to emerge.” - Disaster Relief 2.0, the United Nations “Haiti showed everyone that it is going to be crucial to adopt and use these technologies to make humanitarian work better, faster and more efficient.” - Adele Waugaman, senior director of technology for United Nations and Vodafone bit.ly/disaster_20
    10. 10. Crowdmap Crowdmap allows you to set up your owndeployment of Ushahidi ‘in the cloud’ without having to install it on your own web server. crowdmap.com
    11. 11. PluginsFlexible plugin architecture allowing custom functionality to be developed independently from the core application. apps.ushahidi.com
    12. 12. SMSSyncSMSSync is a simple SMS to HTTP sync utility, that turns anyAndroid phone into a local SMS gateway that sends incoming messages to any Ushahidi deployment. smssync.ushahidi.com
    13. 13. Checkins (CI)Quick location update which can include an optional photo and description, sharing “I am here”. bit.ly/checkins_purpose
    14. 14. iPhone / iPadUshahidi mobile application for the iPhone and iPad bit.ly/ushahidi_ios_app
    15. 15. A map is not a process or a movement alone. The people who create, curate, communicate and nurture the content make it possible. (George Chamales, paraphrased)
    16. 16. Stand-By Task Force (SBTF) “We are the people who map for three hours at night instead of watching TV. We are the people who wake up early before work, log into Skype and add a few reports to the map. We are the people who may drop everything to map for four days. We are communications and friends.” - Heather Leson, SBTF volunteer standbytaskforce.com
    17. 17. Libya CrisisThe Libya Crisis Map deployed by request of UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) libyacrisismap.net
    18. 18. Prairie Floods SKFloods.ca 244 reportsskfloods.ca mbfloods.ca
    19. 19. Power Cuts - India Ajay Kumar: Inspired development
    20. 20. Power Cuts NOKIA Mobile App by Hazel Media
    21. 21. Demo
    22. 22. Frank Lemire - beyondsight.ca
    23. 23. Quote “We are undergoing a major technology paradigm shift.Citizens that were once only passive recipients of information, are now contributors to the story. In the case of crisis mapping, its the people on the ground that best know the local situation. Enabling a two-way conversation between affected communities and support groups can allow a faster, more effective response.The key point is that affected groups have a voice, we only need to listen.” -Dale Zak, Ushahidi mobile developer
    24. 24. Questions?ushahidi.com crowdmap.com

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