Ping is an initiative of Ushahidi, a Kenya-based non-profit building technology for global good. Ping was borne out of the anxious days following the Westgate mall seige that rocked Nairobi. Most of our team members call Nairobi home and we met together to discuss issues around the seige -- and what we could do to help. One issue we all strongly shared was the hard time we had in checking in with each other.
So we built Ping.
Starting out, we determined a core set of requirements:
While we can't stop all violence from happening in the world, we can quickly find out whether our families, friends, and teams are safe.
We put a lot of thought into Ping so, when you need it, you won't have to.
We have modules that work with half a dozen carriers around the world with more on the way.
Messages are sent via email or SMS so there's no dependence on the platform or device.
English, French, Spanish, Russian, and more. Fifteen total, in fact. Help us translate new ones!
Create and store contacts with multiple numbers and email addresses for each for multiple points of contact.
Add your contacts to a group so you can ping multiple people with the push of a button.
Send a message to our support staff with questions or comments and we'll get back to you ASAP.
Our latest updates about product planning, releases, and feedback.
Need more details? Let us know if you're interested in taking it for a spin early.
For partnership inquiries, please email ping-partners[at]ushahidi[dot]com
For technical support, please email ping-support[at]ushahidi[dot]com
For media inquiries, please email ping-media[at]ushahidi[dot]com