Juliana Rotich is , a Kenyan Tech Savvy Woman and a budding African Futurist is the Co-Founder and Executive Program Director of Ushahidi Inc , a Nairobi-based ,Non profit Tech company . Rotich is a Blogger, Technologist, Digital activist and TED Senior Fellow and MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow.
Things You Didn’t Know About Juliana Rotich || Biography
Juliana Rotich is an information technology professional and originally from Kenya where she spent her early life and schooling. She later moved to the US where she majored a degree in information technology from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.Juliana has worked in the telecommunications and data warehousing industry for over ten years with years of experience in Database administration, Application development and project management.
Juliana Rotich is the Co-founder and the Executive Director for Ushahidi, an opensource software project which uses crowdsource for information collection, interactive mapping and data curation to provide crisis data reporting and information on a real-time basis and collates the data into live, interactive maps.Through Crowdmap.com, Swiftly.org and accompanying mobile applications, Ushahidi is expanding its global footprint and making crowdsourcing tools available and useful.”Ushahidi” is the Swahili word for “Testimony.”Ushahidi was first put into practice during the Kenyan presidential election crisis of 2007-8; it has since been used in Chile, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Pakistan, Tanzania, and Haiti.
Rotich is an advisor and founder of iHub, a Nairobi tech space described as “part open community workspace (co-working), part vector for investors and VCs and part incubator.”
Juliana Rotich also co-founded Mobisoko, a mobile marketplace for language and location relevant apps in Africa.
Juliana Rotich is a Founder and owns a personal blog http://www.afromusing.com, which typically whose focus is on African tech and renewable energy. She is a TED Senior Fellow and often speaks at international conferences about tech and Africa. As a blogger, she has authored articles on Afrigadget.com, acted as Environmental Editor of Global Voices Online.
As a public speaker and a TED Senior Fellow, she is known for her commentary on technology in Africa and also voicing concerns about the loss of indigenous forest and water catchment areas in Kenya in addition she is an MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow.
A Technologist as she is, Juliana Rotich was named one of the “Top 100 Women” by the Guardian newspaper, “Top 2 Women” in Technology and Schwab Foundation “Social Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2011 by The World Economic Forum.
Its worth noting that she is the chair of the Global Agenda Council on Data Driven Development with World Economic Forum.