As a group of up to 24 people, we will start a map of amenities for homelessness. The session will start with an introduction to the purpose and history of the Ushahidi platform, an open source tool that allows rapid mobile input into a collaborative map and database. After installing and setting up an instance of the Ushahidi platform, we explore the Eyebeam neighborhood as a group, photographing and geolocating aspects of the city we would notice if we did not have reliable housing. We will use smartphones (provided) to map places to find work, places to relax in safety, places to get food and shelter, places to take a family, social services. Participants will brainstorm ideas for using Ushahidi in diverse contexts.
Led by Chris Blow, Ushahidi.com / Meedan.net