About Juliana Rotich

Afromusing is the personal blog of Juliana Rotich.

In Brief:
Kenyan, African, global soul, tech and renewable energy cheerleader. I firmly believe we are in the New African Century. Tech is transformative and can help African countries leapfrog to a better future.

Juliana Rotich Bio
Juliana Rotich is Executive Director of Ushahidi Inc, a non-profit tech company, born in Africa, which specializes in developing free and open source software for information collection, interactive mapping and data curation. Ushahidi builds tools for democratizing information, increasing transparency and lowering the barriers for individuals to share their stories. Through Crowdmap.com, Swiftly.org and accompanying mobile applications, Ushahidi is expanding its global footprint and making crowdsourcing tools available and useful. She is also an advisor to the iHub in Kenya.

Juliana has worked in the telecommunications and data warehousing industry for over ten years. She is originally from Kenya, with a Computer Science degree from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. She is a Technologist, TED Senior Fellow & MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow. She is chair of the Global Agenda Council on Data Driven Development with World Economic Forum.

She was named one of the Top 100 women by the Guardian newspaper and top 2 women in Technology 2011, and Social Entrepreneur of the year 2011 by The World Economic Forum.

High res photos. Credit, Robert Leslie

Recent Publications:
Open data and “crowdsourcing” can help developing countries make crucial decisions on energy planning:
The Press Release can be found here:
The Working Paper can be found here:

Digitally Networked Technology in Kenya’s 2007-2008 Post-Election Crisis: Co-authored with Joshua Goldstein. Available for download at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society – Harvard University.

News and Views:
BBC Digital Planet: Commentary on East African Broadband access. Listen to the podcast on this link.

TED Talk
Meet BRCK, Internet access built for Africa

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I am involved with the following work.

Ushahidi ‘Crowdsourcing Crisis Information’

AfriGadget Highlighting African ingenuity.

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