An Interview with Ushahidi’s Juliana Rotich

Staff Writer | Nagpur Entrepreneur | June 11, 2012

When there is a major catastrophe, ordinary sources of news and public information are unavailable. However, it is extremely important to get real time updates about the situation not only to control the catastrophe but also to help populations cope with such a crisis. Ushahidi is doing exactly that by using software.

Ushahidi is one of the most globally significant technology projects, which gives users a way to share information and shape political opinion, guide rescuers, or pool resources. It has been of immense help during 2007 post election violence in Kenya, 2010 Haitian earthquake, as well as the 2011 Mumbai bombings.

To talk more about this awesome project, today’s entrepreneur interview features Juliana Rotich, who is the co-founder and executive director of Ushahidi. Originally from Kenya, Juliana is a technology and renewable energy activist and a blogger. In this interview, she tells us how her team is using crowdsourcing to make Ushahidi a powerful crisis-management tool...