the Ushahidi platform, which was developed in a couple of days to track reports of violence following the 2008 elections in Kenya. (Ushahidi is swahili for "Testimony")
Our roots are in the collaboration of Kenyan citizen journalists during a time of crisis. The original website was used to map incidents of violence and peace efforts throughout the country based on reports submitted via the web and mobile phone. This website had 45,000 users in Kenya, and was the catalyst for us realizing there was a need for a platform based on it, which could be use by others around the world.