In January of 2008 there
was a disputed election in Kenya. The incumbent claimed a win and, due to gross irregularities, the opposition refused to accept the results. What started out as a political fracas quickly devolved down ethnic lines. Government forces and civilians battled it out in the urban slums and rural Kenya. A media blackout was created and only non- traditional media was in operation... and cell phones.
Our Goals • Create a
way for everyday Kenyans to report incidents of violence that they saw • Create an archive of news and reports around those same events • Show where the majority of the violence was happening
Ingredients Needed (to get it
up in record time) • Connector • Champion • Passionate developers • Collaboration • Technical Expertise • Volunteers
To Really Get Cooking (we
still need) • Data gathering - on the ground • Fear of contradicting government statistics • Wrestling with veriﬁcation • Ability to answer the “why?” question • Stretched resources - we all wear other hats
Ushahidi (v2) Using what we’ve
learned to fulﬁll our primary goals: 1. Create a free, open source and easy tool to get crowdsourced crisis information 2. Help non-proﬁts gather data and visualize that data in multiple ways
Data Types Input Methods Output
Methods Citizen Generated Map News Media SMS Timeline Email Web form NGO data API SMS Alerts Ushahidi RSS Crisis Mapping Government MMS Engine RSS Public APIs Email Flickr YouTube Twitter
from PHP experts to mapping
gurus, we need YOUR help with: • SMS alerts • Time visualization • Mapping infrastucture • Missing persons index • Bandwidth issues • ... and many more fun challenges!