Juliana Rotich is the Executive Director and co-founder of Ushahidi, the crowdsourcing platform that leverages mobile phones and the internet to change the way information flows. Ushahidi is a web based reporting system that utilizes crowdsourced data to formulate visual map information of a crisis on a real-time basis. In the Kenyan scenario it was used to map out incidents of violence. Ushahidi then grew to be an open source platform that has been used in various situations such as the Haiti and Chile earthquakes, the Palestine conflict crisis, heavy snow crisis in Washington.
Juliana has worked in the telecommunications industry for over ten years. She is originally from Kenya, with a Computer Science degree from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.
She co- founded Mobisoko, a mobile marketplace for language and location relevant apps in Africa. She also writes the well-respected 'Afromusing' blog, typically with a focus on African tech and renewable energy. She is a budding African Futurist, Technologist and a TED Senior Fellow. She often speaks at international conferences about tech and Africa, including Lift, DEMO, TTI Vanguard and ARS Electronica.
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 Ushahidi platform has gone open
TEDWomen 2013, TED Fellows Retreat 2013, TEDGlobal 2013, TEDGlobal 2012, TED2012, TED2011, TEDGlobal 2010, TED2010, TED2009
Areas of Expertise
Networking, Blogging, Software Development Management, Environmentalism, database management, Computing/IT
An idea worth spreading
Through simple SMS, mobile apps, social media and other channels, people have a voice to say "This is what is going on near me" Citizens not only as bystanders, but reporters and ultimately solution finders for our common problems as mankind.
I'm passionate about
African Tech, open source, citizen sensing, Solar energy, Space and gadgets. I enjoy world music, art and architecture.
Talk to me about
Africa, Building Things, Technology & Space
My TED story
Juliana Rotich is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Ushahidi Inc. 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, African Futurist and TED Senior Fellow.
She co- founded Mobisoko, a mobile marketplace for language and location relevant apps in Africa. She speaks at international conferences about technology, innovation, mobile tec