ONE’s partner Product (RED) recently joined with the Webby Awards to present an award that recognizes an organization using an online platform to affect change in the real world. The (RED) Webby Award for Social Innovation was awarded to Ushashidi, the open source software platform for interactive mapping that was born out of the Kenyan election violence in 2008. Ushashidi was co-founded by Ory Okolloh, a member of ONE’s Africa Policy Advisory Board.
The (RED) Webby Award is an important recognition of the transformative technology solutions coming out of Africa. Ushashidi’s technology has been used all over the world since its development and the selection committee cited Ushashidi’s “incomparable use of open source software as a tool to promote social activism.” The committee continued by saying “Ushahidi’s unparalleled use of social media and interactive mapping has not only provided useful information in emergency efforts like the Haitian earthquake but has also empowered many by democratizing information and increasing transparency.”
We at ONE congratulate Ushashidi for the important work it has undertaken to support development and look forward to more good news coming out of the continent like this.