Ushahidi, an open source project had many early successes in crowdsourced mapping but soon started to deal with issues of scale, privacy, accessibility and security as it dealt with ever increasing geo-political concerns around the world. Ushahidi has also taken aim at the problems big data has with verification, aggregation and providing context by creating a tool called SwiftRiver. We had quite a few challenges creating a tool with such a broad scope and literally had to start over from a clean slate and focus on core concepts. Our initial efforts yielded a tool that was fractured and tangential with very broad goals. We’ve since decided to rework it over from a clean slate and focus on core concepts. Join us for some lessons and dialogue about how to create real-time open source software.
David is a co-founder and technology lead at Ushahidi and brings more than 10 years of product development experience and a multidisciplinary background to his work, with a focus on social and emerging technologies. He works in a variety of roles, from designer and coder to strategist. After pursuing a BS in Computer Science at the University of Alabama, he has been a professional software developer and has worked with almost every web technology in use today. In 2010, he was a recipient of MIT Technology Review’s TR35 award (35 top innovators under 35) and the Humanitarian of the Year award.
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