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Juliana Rotich

African tech entrepreneur

Juliana Rotich

Professional Role

Current Titles:

Executive Director, Ushahidi Co-Founder, iHub Vice Chair World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Data and Development

Current Organizations:

Ushahidi, iHub, Mobisoko


Photos

Flickr Photostream

Videos

Juliana Rotich about Ushahidi's Crisis Mapping

More info: http://99faces.tv/julianarotich/ Japan's earthquake and the revolutions in Libya, Egypt and elsewhere make the Open Source Mapping Platform more useful than ever. Juliana Rotich is TED Senior Fellow and Executive Director at Ushahidi, a platform for crowdsourcing crisis information. The non-profit tech company specializes in developing free & open source software for information collection, visualization & interactive mapping to democratizing information, increasing transparency & lowering the barriers for individuals to share their stories (Crowdmap, SwiftRiver).

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Juliana Rotich "Ushahidi: Powered by Open Source"

What happens when barriers to use of technology are lowered? What can we learn from the Ushahidi open source community and the technology landscape in Africa about the opportunity and the limits of open innovation?

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Projects

Ushahidi
06/01/2008 – present
Ushahidi is a non-profit tech company, born in Africa, which specializes in developing free and open source software for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping.  We build tools for democratizing information, increasing transparency and lowering the barriers for individuals to share their stories. Ushahidi started as an ad hoc group trying to figure out a way to gather more and better information about the post-election violence in Kenya in January 2008.  Since then, the organization has released several tools and mobile applications. One such tool is Crowdmap, which has been deployed over 20,000 times. It uses the crowd, maps and mobiles to gather and visualize information. Whether it's a tsunami in Japan, earthquake in New Zealand or Haiti, or a political crisis in Libya, there is a new form of bottom-up information gathering that is changing the face of the world. In short, Ushahidi has shown how to leverage technology to impact and create change globally.
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iHub
03/17/2010 – present
*iHub_ – Nairobi’s Innovation Hub for the technology community is an open space for the technologists, investors, tech companies and hackers in the area. This space is a tech community facility with a focus on young entrepreneurs, web and mobile phone programmers, designers and researchers. It is part open community workspace (co-working), part vector for investors and VCs and part incubator. Erik Hersman and David Kobia are my partners in continuing what we started with Ushahidi.
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Biography

Juliana Rotich is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Ushahidi Inc, a non-profit tech company, born in Africa, which specializes in developing free and open source software for information collection, interactive mapping and data curation.  Ushahidi builds tools for democratizing information, increasing transparency and lowering the barriers for individuals to share their stories. Through Crowdmap.com, Swiftly.org and accompanying mobile applications, Ushahidi is expanding its global footprint and making crowdsourcing tools available and useful. Juliana has worked in the telecommunications and data warehousing industry for over ten years.  She is originally from Kenya, with a Computer Science degree from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. She is a Technologist, TED Senior Fellow and currently serves on World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Information Communications Technology. She co- founded Mobisoko, a mobile marketplace for language and location relevant apps in Africa. She speaks at international conferences about technology, innovation, mobile technology, open source, and Africa. Past conferences she has spoken at include Lift, DEMO, TTI Vanguard, TransMediale, WSIS, DLD Women, Guardian Activate World Economic Forum -Davos, and ARS Electronica. She believes in the transformational power of technology to address social problems in the world, particularly in Africa. She was named one of the Top 100 women by the Guardian newspaper and top 2 women in Technology 2011, and Social Entrepreneur of the year 2011 by The World Economic Forum.


Fun facts

Favorite meal:
My grandmother's pumpkin leaves vegetables with Ugali (Polenta).


Vital Stats

Fellows Class
TED2009
2010 TED Senior Fellow
Languages
English
German
Swahili
Living in
Nairobi, Kenya
Working in
New York, United States
Born in
, Kenya
Gender
Female

Contact

Twitter
@afromusing
Blog
blog.ushahidi.com

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