In the last two months, Ushahidi, Creco and Infonet have hosted community working group meetings, with discussions focused on Human rights and Youth participation in the context of the Upcoming elections.

We’ve had engaging brainstorming sessions on

  • Technology

  • Local Community Outreach

  • Social media strategies

  • Translation/Localization

  • Analysis and research of elections data

With just over four weeks left to the upcoming Kenyan General Election, we’re putting out a call for volunteers to join our digital response teams. These teams have been set up to help us process incoming information during the election period.

The teams!

  • Structuring: Responsible for converting posts from SMS, Email, and Twitter into the structure of existing surveys.

  • Media Monitoring: Responsible for monitoring citizen reports via different social media streams, i.e twitter, facebook, blogs,  in turn, creating posts from them.

  • Translation: Responsible for translation of posts from local languages to English.

  • Geolocation: Responsible for reviewing all posts for location information, and mapping posts that require geolocation.

  • Publishing: Responsible for reviewing( ensuring correct structure and categorization) and publishing posts

  • Verification: Responsible for verification of posts.

  • Analysis and Research: Responsible for analyzing data within the platform, and providing situation room reports

  • Technology: Responsible for maintenance of Uchaguzi platform

These teams will be activated during the election period and will work through 4th to 12th August 2017.

How to get involved

NB: Training is mandatory for anyone participating as a volunteer for Uchaguzi, and interested participants must attend AT LEAST ONE training session. Only trained volunteers will be able to join our situation room

The first training session is to be held on Thursday, 6th July 2017 at the iHub Nairobi between 6:00 p.m and 7:30 p.m. Join us!

We’ll continue to share details and updates on our blog and social media feeds.

Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.


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