10 Quick Hits
- My name is Daudi Were.
- I am married to an amazing woman.
- I am Kenyan; I live in the green city in the sun.
- I am committed to Christ; I am part of a fearless church.
- I work with a clever bunch of people at a disruptive company called Ushahidi.
- I have been writing online since 1997; I registered mentalacrobatics.com in 2003. My life hasn’t been the same since.
- I started life as blindside flanker, it soon became clear my talent was wasted there and was moved to openside flanker. After exemplary service in the back row I was giving the highest honour of rugby; an invitation into the brotherhood of the FRU. I joined the FRU as a loosehead and quickly learnt that tightheads give props a bad name. (Still more honourable to be even a tighthead than a flanker though.)
- I’ve lived in three countries; Kenya, Ethiopia, the UK. I have visited 15 African countries. This number needs to increase greatly in the near future.
- I stand on the shoulders of giants
- Let’s get social Facebook, Twitter, Flickr
Daudi Khamadi Were Bio
Daudi Khamadi Were is a Kenyan technology strategist, human rights defender and social activist based in Nairobi. Daudi works as the Director of Programmes at Ushahidi; a technology company born in Africa that specializes in developing free and open source software for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping.
Daudi spends most of his time working on innovative ways technology can be used to bring about positive change in communities across the world. Such as projects that empower citizens to monitor elections, tools to track the efficient use of resources, tools to collect information from those directly affected by a disaster or crisis, tools to visualise and map a large amount of crowd sourced data.
Daudi also provides technology and digital media strategy support to several high impact grassroots civil society organisations and NGOs across Africa such as the Uzima Foundation, Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA), Kenya Legal & Ethical Issues Network on HIV and AIDS (KELIN), FIDA Kenya, Coalition on Violence Against Women (COVAW), Women and Law in Southern Africa Research and Educational Trust (WLSA), Health Action International (HAI) – Africa amongst others.
Daudi is recognised as thought leader online and is regularly invited to seminars/conferences/workshops to speak on: the role of technology in accountability and transparency; the growth of social and citizen media and the way it is changing the world we live for the better; good information as the most powerful resource for development. Daudi started the Kenya Bloggers’ Webring (KBW) in 2004 as a way of bringing individual bloggers together in a community.
Daudi blogs at mentalacrobatics.com and is a TED Africa fellow.