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  • 1. The Making of Ushahidi Bumps, Fumbles and Lessons Learned Erik Hersman @whiteafrican
  • 2. red dots on a map
  • 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. Our Guiding Values openness | innovation | community
  • 5. Ushahidi = Testimony
  • 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 rst 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. Ad hoc and leaderless
  • 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. Has it Doesnt have it Humanitarian Experience X Open Source Experience X Had a Lot of Time X Blogger
  • 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. Brutal decision making Release early Do it yourself Community = Success Dont wait for money
  • 12. Technology is only a tool
  • 13. D REBUILT NEW AN THE TFO RM! SHA HIDI PLA U
  • 14. A B Make Be a response software organization
  • 15. nt work uhh , thi s did e ex pect ed... as w
  • 16. Fail spectacularly
  • 17. Hot Stuff!
  • 18. Own your failures. Listen. Fix your mistakes. Think different, but dont stray from the spirit of the organization or the community.
  • 19. Thank You