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8th
Jun 2015
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Jun 08 2015 06:07
[Angela Oduor Lungati, Ushahidi] Hey guys!! Back from break, and I LOOOOOOVE what i'm seeing on the latest v3 release! Congratulations, this is all taking shape so well. Proud of you!
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Jun 08 2015 13:01
[Jess Shorland, Ushahidi] welcome back, Angela!
[Jess Shorland, Ushahidi] morning, @all! Today, I'm working on getting the gantt chart up to date with progress on tasks + notes, finishing up a database of potential early adopters for V3 so nat and I can put together a strategy on that at the hit team, and then I have 3-month check-ins with robbie and nat this afternoon.
[Jess Shorland, Ushahidi] Also sending a friendly reminder to add estimated completion dates to your phab tasks!
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Jun 08 2015 17:47
[Jess Shorland, Ushahidi] @all -- friendly reminder to send any expenses for both april and may to me by EOD today. You can sanitize if you'd like. I just need to make sure our budget is up to date, especially with hit team coming up
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Jun 08 2015 18:53
[Sophie Shepherd, Ushahidi] I'm in a conference so won't be able to make the v3 hangout. Online though if you need to ping me about anything
[Jess Shorland, Ushahidi] thanks for letting us know, @sophie!
[Robbie Mackay, Ushahidi] Morning folks
[Robbie Mackay, Ushahidi] https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/ushahidi.com/v3-team-huddle .. in case anyone needs the link
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Jun 08 2015 18:59
[Charlie Harding, Ushahidi] would it be cool if I sat in on the convo?
[Brian Herbert, Ushahidi] absolutely
hollycorbett
@hollycorbett
Jun 08 2015 19:00
as usual for me.. no dice :)
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Jun 08 2015 19:03
[Robbie Mackay, Ushahidi] @EvanSimsGuest4 dropped you an invite for the call if you're around
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Jun 08 2015 19:26
[Robbie Mackay, Ushahidi] I should really just post 10 phones with SMSSync to Vanuatu / Samoa / etc .. everytime they have a cyclone someone asks me how to get SMS up. But I have no idea who the contact is there :/
[Nathaniel Manning, Ushahidi] yo yo. where we doing this one?
[Robbie Mackay, Ushahidi] @nat hangouts https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/ushahidi.com/robbie
hollycorbett
@hollycorbett
Jun 08 2015 19:30
bearing in mind that I have close to zero idea what SMSSync is… have you looked into twilio? I did some mobile dev for a real-time interpretation startup and twilio was the core provider (we had a few we were integrating for redundancy) - they’d compared quite a few options, but it was the best (although they are starting up too.. so a few hickups are expected) https://www.twilio.com/international
aaaand they’ve just started the twilio fund … i.e. they’ll readily provide account credit for beta testing etc - https://www.twilio.com/fund - perhaps even capital outright if its useful
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Jun 08 2015 19:57
[Robbie Mackay, Ushahidi] I've got code for Twilio in V3 :)
[Robbie Mackay, Ushahidi] but coverage is usually missing for pacific nations (and aftrican ones too!)
[Robbie Mackay, Ushahidi] s/aftrican/african
[Robbie Mackay, Ushahidi] SMSSync basically turns an Android phone into a mobile gateway. You run it on your phone and all the SMS get forwarded to a URL (ie. Ushahidi)
[Robbie Mackay, Ushahidi] So you can skip the normal telco wrangling and just stick a normal sim in a cheap Android phone and send it whereever you need coverage.
[Robbie Mackay, Ushahidi] hence send 10 phones to vanuatu
hollycorbett
@hollycorbett
Jun 08 2015 20:18
ahhh cool :)
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Jun 08 2015 21:12
[Charlie Harding, Ushahidi] I'm working with @eyedol to make sure that SMSSync works seamlessly with V3
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Jun 08 2015 21:17
[Robbie Mackay, Ushahidi] Checking twillio does have more of the pacific nations than I thought
hollycorbett
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Jun 08 2015 21:18
yeah they have been expanding - but thats only to send SMS - not receive - so if you had local users you wanted to be able to send you a local SMS, you couldn’t necessarily be able to get a local number
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Jun 08 2015 21:18
[Jess Shorland, Ushahidi] @charlie cool! how are you guys doing it? please keep me in the loop on that!
[Charlie Harding, Ushahidi] we've just started the convo
[Charlie Harding, Ushahidi] need to scope it out
hollycorbett
@hollycorbett
Jun 08 2015 21:19
@robbie but our application was for rich media - not plain old SMS… but we were also trying to build in redundancies to the level of using SMS and POTS if the 3G/GPRS is terrible (like most of the pacific and lat am)
I can dig through our notes if it’d be helpful
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Jun 08 2015 21:20
[Robbie Mackay, Ushahidi] yea receiving SMS is whats often missing. You can often only get a US number
[Robbie Mackay, Ushahidi] which is pointless.
[Robbie Mackay, Ushahidi] We'll probably dig more post-launch.. and steal everything from RollCall :)