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iHub By Jessica Colaço / June 11, 2012

Connecting People, Improving Lives: The Global of FrontlineSMS Version 2


Mobile phones are everywhere. There are now 6 billion active mobile phone connections across the world, an increasing number of which are in emerging markets. The accessibility of mobile, and particularly the power of SMS as an information management medium, offers unprecedented potential for connecting communities who have previously been hard to reach. This is now having a positive impact on lives across the world.

FrontlineSMS lowers barriers to social change using mobile technologies. Our open-source SMS-messaging software helps organizations all over the world overcome communications barriers. It enables users to send, receive and manage SMS over a mobile network. Users only pay the standard text messaging charges through their regular mobile provider.

Two years in the making, FrontlineSMS Version 2 is a redesign of our software built upon extensive input and feedback from those using the software across the world. The redesign makes the software more intuitive, simpler to extend and run over networks, and makes it easier to manage larger volumes of messages. Browser-based and built to run on Windows, Mac and Linux, the software still does not need the Internet to work, sending text messages via a phone, modem or an online SMS aggregator.

The new architecture will both strengthen the foundation of the software and create a more flexible system that allows developers and users to customize FrontlineSMS to more effectively meet their needs, and easily integrate with other programs. The improved usability of FrontlineSMS Version 2 will enable those using our software to increase their communications capacity and strengthen the positive impact of their work.

Join our global launch events – in Nairobi, Washington, D.C. (12th June) and London (18th June) - to see demonstrations of the software from the FrontlineSMS staff, meet our partners, users and donors, and hear more about the how FrontlineSMS can be used. Speakers include: FrontlineSMS Founder Ken Banks (Washington, D.C. and London), FrontlineSMS CEOs Laura Walker Hudson (Nairobi and London) and Sean Martin McDonald (Washington, D.C.), Omidyar Network’s Stephen King (London), and other users and partners too. All this over drinks and nibbles! We look forward to seeing you there! \o/

For full event information and to register visit: If you need any further details please contact

Author : Jessica Colaço

Jessica Colaço is currently the Director of Partnerships at iHub. She was the Founding Manager between 2010 and 2011 at iHub and Research Director between 2011 and 2013 at iHub Research. She is passionate about Innovation, Research, Mobile and Robotics Technology, Mentorship and Entrepreneurship in Kenya as she uses her position at iHub to court local, regional and international stakeholders to adopt Kenyan-made and African-made solutions. As an upcoming angel investor, she courts local and international investors to invest in great tech ideas and companies at idea and concept stage. She is also a Mobile and Robotics Tech Evangelist, Co-Founder of WMIAfrica and AkiraChix, ISOC-Kenya Chapter, Treasurer, ACM-W Nairobi Chapter Chair, TED Global Fellow 2009 and upcoming Guitarist. She was named one of the top 40 women under 40 years in Kenya's business scene by Business Daily on 2009, 2011 and 2012. Her endeavour is to put Kenya and Africa on the map for technology achievements and spur innovation within the country and continent! She blogs at:

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