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Ushahidi means ‘testimony’ in Swahili. During the 2008 post-election violence in Kenya, many people witnessed human rights abuses and did not know where to report what they’d seen. Seeing that the media was failing to capture the extent of the violence, a team of bloggers and technophiles took action, creating an open source platform that could receive text messages and translate them into an online map. This seminal and innovative reporting tool was then used to track victims after Haiti’s earthquake and to map out the impact of oil spillage disasters.

Our designer, Renson Nzioka, was a key member of the team that developed Ushahidi. Based in Nairobi, Renson’s background in programming has equipped him with a wealth of coding knowledge in the Java, PHP, Android, Wordpress and Yii PHP open source systems, as well as a strong capacity for creating databases. Among his development-related portfolio are mobile app projects for @iLabAfrica and Shimba Technologies and websites for Hope Runs and Heshima Kenya.
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