About Juliana

Bio

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.

Languages

English, German, Swahili

Job Titles

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

About Juliana Rotich’s work

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.

Companies and organizations

Ushahidi, iHub, Mobisoko

Fellows I'm collaborating with

Erik Hersman, Jessica F Colaco, Jose Gomez-Marquez

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Projects

Ushahidi

Jun. 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.

Project website

iHub

Mar. 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.

Project website

Juliana Rotich on the TED blog

Fellows Friday

A rugged, mobile wifi device brings the web to schools in Africa and beyond

November 7, 2014

BRCK is best described as a “backup generator for the internet.” When it was announced, the idea of a rugged, rechargeable, mobile wifi device captured imaginations as a good way to bring robust connectivity to people in places with spotty infrastructure – particularly in developing countries. The device is the brainchild of Nairobi-based technology company Ushahidi, and was created partly out of […]

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