Erik Hersman

Erik Hersman
Co-Founder, Ushahidi


Erik grew up as the son of linguistic missionaries in Africa, bouncing back and forth between Sudan and Kenya until he came to the US for college. He now works as an independent web consultant and writes about high- and low-tech changes happening in Africa on his two blogs: and

Past projects dealing with mapping include and


Location: Salon A-F Level: Intermediate
Erik Hersman (Ushahidi)
Inaccurate data on a consumer-focused mapping site is bad. Inaccurate data on an activist mapping site is fodder for your enemies, and potentially lethal for both your cause and the issue you are working on. A talk about data, accuracy, and lessons learned from developing and managing Ushahidi—a web site used to track reports of violence in post-election Kenya this year. Read more.
  • Autodesk
  • Google
  • ESRI
  • Nokia
  • DigitalGlobe
  • Earthscape
  • LightPole
  • MapJack
  • MapQuest
  • MetaCarta
  • Microsoft
  • Poly9
  • Skyhook Wireless
  • TeleAtlas
  • Yahoo! Inc.
  • Zvents
  • BNet

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