Making Ushahidi - Tech4Africa talk

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Making Ushahidi - Tech4Africa talk

  1. 1. The Making of Ushahidi Bumps, Fumbles and Lessons Learned Erik Hersman @whiteafrican
  2. 2. red dots on a map
  3. 3. A small organization that dislikes hierarchy and being told what we can't do. One that questions everything, embraces innovative thinking, takes risks boldly, and sometimes learns the hard way that we're human after all. 
  4. 4. Our Guiding Values openness | innovation | community
  5. 5. Ushahidi = Testimony
  6. 6. “ Google Earth supposedly shows in great detail where the damage is being done on the ground. It occurs to me that it will be useful to keep a record of this, if one is thinking long-term. For the reconciliation process to occur at the local level the truth of what happened will first have to come out. Guys looking to do something - any techies out there willing to do a mashup of where the violence and destruction is occurring using Google Maps?
  7. 7. Ad hoc and leaderless
  8. 8. Stretched Resources juliana rotich erik hersman ory okolloh daudi were david kobia All of us wore many hats All of us had full-time jobs
  9. 9. Has it Doesn’t have it Humanitarian Experience X Open Source Experience X Had a Lot of Time X Blogger 
  10. 10. Ushahidi Calendar 27 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 27 27 idea, production, launch blogging and media violence Dec. 27 - Kenyan Elections Jan. 10 - 75% of Kenyan bloggers write about Ushahidi Dec. 27 - Dec. 30 - Period of uncertainty Jan. 12 - MSM pickup: BBC, NPR, Guardian, etc... Dec. 30 - Jan. 1 - Media blackout Jan. 3 - The idea of Ushahidi Jan. 5 - Ushahidi discussed Jan. 6 - Ushahidi prototype Jan. 9 - Ushahidi launched Jan.10 - Added functionality (RSS, SMS, etc...) Jan. 10 - Kenyan SMS shortcode partnership Jan. 22 - Ushahidi blog added Jan. 26 - Ushahidi timeline feature
  11. 11. Brutal decision making Release early Do it yourself Community = Success Don’t wait for money
  12. 12. Technology is only a tool
  13. 13. D  REBUILT    NEW  AN THE TFO RM! SHA HIDI  PLA U
  14. 14. A  B Make Be a response software organization
  15. 15. n’t  work   uhh ,  thi s  did e  ex pect ed... as  w
  16. 16. Fail spectacularly
  17. 17. Hot Stuff!
  18. 18. Own your failures. Listen. Fix your mistakes. Think different, but don’t stray from the spirit of the organization or the community.
  19. 19. Thank You

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