Kenya's Ushahidi Brings Tech Help Where It's Needed Most

Arik Hesseldahl | Tech Investor News | April 16, 2013

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“If it works in Africa it will work anywhere.” It’s something occasionally said about the mobile market on the continent. It’s something that Juliana Rotich has lived as the head of Ushahidi, a non-profit tech organization born during the chaos of post-election violence in Kenya that has since evolved with development of an open-source platform for sharing and mapping information.

One recent breakout moment for Ushahidi occurred in the wake of the Haiti earthquake, when people in need of help or rescue were able to send text messages that appeared on a map that first responders could use to reach them. [...]