Funding Received
$2.1 Million in 6 Rounds from 4 Investors
Most Recent Funding
$150.7 Thousand Grant on December 1, 2009
Founded:
January 9, 2008
Description:
Ushahidi is a software company developing free and open source software for information collection, visualization, and interactive mapping.
Founders:
David Kobia, Juliana Rotich, Erik Hersman
Categories:
Open Source, Mobile Emergency&Health, Information Technology, Nonprofits
Website:
http://www.ushahidi.com

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Ushahidi is a non-profit software company that develops free and open source software for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping.

Ushahidi (Swahili for "testimony" or "witness") created a website (http://legacy.ushahidi.com) in the aftermath of Kenya's disputed 2007 presidential election (see 2007–2008 Kenyan crisis) that collected eyewitness reports of violence sent in by email and text-message and placed them on a Google map.

The organization uses the concept of crowdsourcing for social activism and public accountability, serving as an initial model for what has been coined as 'activist mapping' - the combination of social activism, citizen journalism and geospatial information. Ushahidi offers products that enable local observers to submit reports using their mobile phones or the internet, while simultaneously creating a temporal and geospatial archive of events.

Current Team (10)

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Past Team (4)

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Funding Rounds (6) - $2.1M

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Board Members and Advisors (6)

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Products (3)

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    SwiftRiver

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    Ushahidi

    Ushahidi was launched in 2008
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    Crowdmap

    Crowdmap was added to CrunchBase in 2011

Investors (4)

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    HIVOS

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    Cisco

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    Knight Foundation

    Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media...
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    Humanity United

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