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iHub By Nekesa Were / February 25, 2013

UCHAGUZI | Community’s role in the Kenyan general election

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There are several things that give the iHub its unique character.

Three of those things are our community first approach, our commitment to excellence and our passion for integrity. These three things lead to something else the iHub is known for, impact. The iHub is first and foremost the community. Our most important resource is our members and the sense of community around those members. At the iHub we encourage you to break out of your own personal silo.

Find out what the person next to you is doing; find out what the company across the room is doing. At the iHub we also encourage the Kenyan technology community to see itself not only as part of the wider Kenyan community, but also as LEADERS in that wider Kenyan community. By being leaders in our communities our technology will be better placed to have impact in those communities.

The iHub was created because the Kenyan technology community was hungry to make an impact, because the Kenyan technology community needed a base from where it could plot that impact, because leaders in the Kenyan technology community understood that we are stronger united.  This is what the iHub is about, standing together as a community that strives for excellence and integrity so that we can make a positive impact on our community, our society and our country. With over 90 companies formed in the last 3 years from within the iHub community we already have impact in agriculture, in education, in health, in business. The iHub has been good to Kenya, Kenya has been good to the iHub.

And now Kenya needs us, the technology community, again.

The most significant political activities and changes in leadership throughout Kenya’s history have been followed, and to some extent formed, by violence, usually framed along ethnic lines. Obel Hansen – Institute for Security Studies

Uchaguzi

Technology will play a central role in this Kenyan general election. For example, the IEBC has demonstrated its electronic vote transmission technology and has released an API for developers to create election apps around. We see political parties using mobile technology to recruit members and spread their messaging.

How can we, as citizens of our country and representatives of the technology community, play a central and positive role in our election?

Uchaguzi’s aim is to help Kenya have a free fair, peaceful and credible general election.  Uchaguzi’s strategy for this is to increase transparency and accountability through active citizen participation in the electoral cycles. The central tool to coordinate this strategy is www.uchaguzi.co.ke . Uchaguzi mobilises citizens to be directly involved in protecting their vote and electoral process. This strategy is implemented through a broad network of civil society around Uchaguzi as the national citizen centered electoral observation platform that responds to citizen observations.

The iHub is proud to be an Uchaguzi partner.

The Uchaguzi situation room will be based at the iHub. This means that there will be a steady flow of current news around the elections, into and out of the iHub. Uchaguzi volunteer teams will be monitoring online media and receiving smses from the public. They will be translating messages that are received in languages other than English, they will be verifying messages for legitimacy, they will be geolocating reports on maps and they will be churning out regular reports to distribute to the public.

Uchaguzi Community Working Groups

For the past month several of you have joined the Uchaguzi community working groups hosted by the iHub that have helped form the platform and the strategy. If you have been part of those groups or even if you haven’t participated before UCHAGUZI NEEDS YOU! Uchaguzi needs the help of the iHub community. We have 7 digital humanitarian teams that need your expertise. We will train you on crisis mapping and on how to use the platform, you will bring your skills, your commitment to excellence and your passion for integrity. Together we can make a positive impact on this our general election. The digital teams run the platform and process the messages throughout the election season. You can read more on the digital teams here, and you can sign up for a team here.

iHub Closed From 2nd March to 7th March

The iHub, as the host of Uchaguzi, will be extremely busy around election time and for this reason, access to the space will be restricted.  On 1st March, we will begin converting the iHub into the Uchaguzi situation room and so there may be disruption to our green members. From 2nd March to 7th March the Uchaguzi situation room will run 24 hours a day. For this reason, the iHub will be closed to everyone except the Uchaguzi team. This means that there will be no access to Red and Green members for those 6 days. The iHub will open on Friday, 8th March, 2013.

We are doing this because we believe the iHub has a responsibility to Kenya. We are doing this because the iHub is a leader in Kenya. We are doing this because we believe you, the iHub community, want to demonstrate that responsible leadership. Sign up for a Uchaguzi Digital Team today.

Uchaguzi’s aim is to help Kenya have a free fair, peaceful and credible general election.  Uchaguzi’s strategy for this is to increase transparency and accountability through active citizen participation in the electoral cycles. The central tool to coordinate this strategy is www.uchaguzi.co.ke . Uchaguzi mobilises citizens to be directly involved in protecting their vote and electoral process. This strategy is implemented through a broad network of civil society around Uchaguzi as the national citizen centered electoral observation platform that responds to citizen observations.

The iHub is proud to be an Uchaguzi partner.

The Uchaguzi situation room will be based at the iHub. This means that there will be a steady flow of current news around the elections, into and out of the iHub. Uchaguzi volunteer teams will be monitoring online media and receiving smses from the public. They will be translating messages that are received in languages other than English, they will be verifying messages for legitimacy, they will be geolocating reports on maps and they will be churning out regular reports to distribute to the public.

For the past month several of you have joined the Uchaguzi community working groups hosted by the iHub that have helped form the platform and the strategy. If you have been part of those groups or even if you haven’t participated before UCHAGUZI NEEDS YOU! Uchaguzi needs the help of the iHub community. We have 7 digital humanitarian teams that need your expertise. We will train you on crisis mapping and on how to use the platform, you will bring your skills, your commitment to excellence and your passion for integrity. Together we can make a positive impact on this our general election. The digital teams run the platform and process the messages throughout the election season. You can read more on the digital teams here, and you can sign up for a team here. 

iHub as the Uchaguzi Situation Room

The iHub, as the host of Uchaguzi, will be extremely busy around election time and for this reason, access to the space will be restricted.  On 1st March, we will begin converting the iHub into the Uchaguzi situation room and so there may be disruption to our green members. From 2nd March to 7th March the Uchaguzi situation room will run 24 hours a day. For this reason, the iHub will be closed to everyone except the Uchaguzi team. This means that there will be no access to Red and Green members for those 6 days. The iHub will open on Friday, 8th March, 2013.

We are doing this because we believe the iHub has a responsibility to Kenya. We are doing this because the iHub is a leader in Kenya. We are doing this because we believe you, the iHub community, want to demonstrate that responsible leadership. Sign up for a Uchaguzi Digital Team today. 

 

Author : Nekesa Were

Nekesa is iHub’s Director of Operations a role to which she brings more than 10 years experience in leadership, management, operations and logistics. Nekesa is passionate about developing and executing the strategy that will provide the foundation and stability for the iHub to lead the agenda and drive the conversation in the Kenya and Africa technology sector. She manages the operations for the all the different departments of the iHub so they can work effectively and efficiently complementing each other.


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