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iHub By Jessica Colaço / July 3, 2012

Ushahidi Design Jam

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Join us for Ushahidi’s first Design Jam.

Many of the most popular services on the web offer powerful content management and customization tools that remain intuitive to both experienced and first-time users.

How are they able to pack so much utility into a user interface that anyone can use?

One striking design approach in services like Facebook, Twitter and GitHub is to minimize the abstraction between the display of content and the tools for managing it. While the Ushahidi platform separates the display of public content and administrators’ tools into two different user interfaces, Facebook has almost entirely merged the two.

To make Ushahidi accessible to more people, and more intuitive to those who use it today, it’s important that its community explore modern design approaches to the way people interact with it.

The Jam:

How can we reduce the abstraction between administrative functions (for deployers) and public user functions (like reading reports and filtering by category)?


Create wireframe or mockup of a Ushahidi or Crowdmap deployment that provides the necessary functionality to users on large- and small-screen devices with minimal abstraction between administrative and public functions.

Who should attend:

Designers, UX/UI, web developers, Ushahidi users, makers, idea hackers, students


Tuesday, July 10, 2012


18:00 – 21:00

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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