Ona Engineers Presenting at droidconKE August 8th and 9th


We are very excited to be at droidconKE this Thursday and Friday to see two presentations from Ona Engineers. Droidcon is a global conference focused on the engineering of Android applications. The gathering held at the iHub in Nairobi Kenya from August 8th to 9th 2019 will be the largest of its kind in Africa.

Allan Onchuru will be presenting on open sourcing engineering products and working on open source projects.

Ephraim Kigamba will be presenting on writing tests for Android, including why to write them, how to write them, why people don’t write them, and what happens when you don’t write them.

We’re hoping to see you there!

Joining our solutions team: My time at Ona so far


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Ona staff having lunch on the kitchen island

Every day at Ona presents a new learning opportunity — more so when working in the Client Solutions and Support team. Working on this team has greatly contributed to my learning of the Ona system, since clients bring up issues and requests that require a lot of research and troubleshooting. So the silver lining of every complaint email is it becomes a learning experience for me.

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Data Verification in Ona using Submission Review


Data review is a key step in the data collection process that ensures completeness, consistency, accuracy, and appropriateness of data, and generally builds confidence in data used for decision making. We are introducing a submission review feature to paid Ona accounts so teams can collaboratively review submissions and assign pending, accepted or rejected statuses.

Submission review lets you add a data verification step to incoming submissions in the Ona platform, replacing an inefficient workflow you are probably doing offline and simplifying the work of data managers/supervisors.

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Ona News Update


Ona Supports Emergency Response in Mozambique and Zimbabwe Post Cyclone Idai

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Damaged buildings in Beira, Mozambique post Cyclone Idai. Photo credit: Sean Blaschke/UNICEF/2019

Ona was contracted by UNICEF to help define, build, and deploy a solution for the emergency response in Mozambique and Zimbabwe after the devastating Cyclone Idai hit the coast of the two countries affecting 1.7 million people.

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Cyclone Idai Response Platform showing the cyclone path and the extent of flooding in both Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Courtesy of Ona, MapAction and OCHA (HDX)

Our team established powerful, map-based information management portals that enabled the emergency response team to create data visualizations from multiple disparate systems and data collection. These portals, powered by Canopy, mapped out all key infrastructure services, including functional energy posts, water points, population census data, road access conditions etc. and visualize data from rapid and aerial assessments. Read more on the Cyclone Idai response.

What’s new?

Introducing Submission Review

We’re excited to announce the release of ‘Submission Review’, a premium feature that lets you verify the accuracy of data submitted to your Ona account. The review process is done directly from the table view by selecting and marking a submission as approved or rejected before exporting it or sending it to your preferred analytics tool. Submissions that are not yet approved/rejected are marked as pending by default.

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Ona Supports Emergency Response in Mozambique and Zimbabwe


Beira_buildings Damaged buildings in Beira, Mozambique. Photo credit: Sean Blaschke/UNICEF/2019

In March 2019, Cyclone IDAI hit Southeast Africa. Billed as one of the deadliest tropical storms to hit the southern hemisphere, the cyclone pummeled into Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. The devastating winds (up to 120kph), heavy rains and the resulting flooding and landslides left dozens of lives lost, thousands injured and a trail of property destroyed.

The governments of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe and the humanitarian community responded swiftly with Malawi and Zimbabwe declaring a state of emergency in the affected areas and the United Nations categorizing the emergency at Level 3 (L3). L3 responses are activated in the most complex and challenging humanitarian emergencies requiring system-wide responses. This placed the emergency at the same level as the humanitarian crises in Yemen and Syria, resulting in a host of governments, the UN and other international humanitarian agencies sending emergency response teams to the affected areas.

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