Deploy and Customize Ushahidi

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Title Deploy & Customize Ushahidi
Overview Students will download Ushaidi and install it on either the cloud (using Heroku) or on a VM or on an actual Linux machine.
Prerequisite Knowledge Understand client/server concept, how to install software, how to use command line interfaces, basic XML concepts.
Learning Objectives 1. Implement and deploy a basic working Ushahidi server 2. configure Ushahidi server 3. Deploy a Ushaihid client


Is there background reading material?

Students should be read Ushahidi install documentation:

Readings on client/server architecture.

Readings on the platform used.

Are there other activities the student should have done first?

Students should be familiar with Ushahidi and have examined or done an Ushahidi deployment. Example deployments can be found at

What is the rationale for this activity?

This activity will give students a hands-on understanding of the Ushahidi server.

Include helpful hints to faculty here.

Installing on Heroku is very simple and can be done without configuration or through a terminal with configuration.

Installing on an actual Linux box can be challenging (or impossible) without previous Linux experience.


What should the student do?


What will the student hand in?

1. Students will provide the URL of their server.

2. Students will provide a 3 page reflection that includes

   a.  challenges encountered
   b.  reference to the instructions that they followed and comments on these
   c.  suggestions for others installing
   d.  configuration options that they used


How will the activity be graded?

How will learning will be measured?

Include sample assessment questions/rubrics.

Criteria Level 1 (fail) Level 2 (pass) Level 3 (good) Level 4 (exceptional)
Ushahidi installed Does not run Runs but a few

features are not available

Runs but many

features are not available

Runs and all features work
Why the project is open source


What should the instructor know before using this activity?

What are some likely difficulties that an instructor may encounter using this activity?

Additional Information:

ACM Knowledge Area/Knowledge Unit What ACM Computing Curricula 2013 knowledge area and units does this activity cover? ACM_Body_of_Knowledge
ACM Topic What specific topics are addressed? The Computing Curriucula 2013 provides a list of topics -
Level of Difficulty Is this activity easy, medium or challenging?
Estimated Time to Completion How long should it take for the student to complete the activity?
Materials/Environment What does the student need? Internet access, IRC client, Git Hub account, LINUX machine, etc.?
Author Who wrote this activity?
Source Is there another activity on which this activity is based? If so, please provide a link to the original resource.
License Under which license is this material made available? (

Suggestions for Open Source Community:

Suggestions for an open source community member who is working in conjunction with the instructor.

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