Juliana Rotich

Kenyan information technology professional

Juliana Rotich (born in 1977) is a Kenyan information technology professional, who has developed web tools for crowdsourcing crisis information and coverage of topics related to the environment. She is the co-founder of iHub, a collective tech space in Nairobi, Kenya, and of Ushahidi, open-source software for collecting and mapping information. She is a TED Senior Fellow.

Juliana Rotich in 2012
Juliana Rotich in 2011


  • "I think for girls it’s really important to show them that it is possible to dream big, and if your dreams include some nerdy creation, that’s fine."
  • "When I was growing up, there was still that narrative of 'you finish school, you go and get married, you become somebody's wife and you get kids and tend to them."
  • "Passion makes you approach a task with childlike pleasure and zeal - it ensures that you give it your all."
  • “i am guided each day by these three questions: ‘What are you fixing?’ ‘What are you making?’ and ‘Who are you helping?”
  • “I remember reading about Mae Jemison, that astronaut. That was immensely fantastic to me. This woman went to the moon!”
  • “I am guided each day by these three questions: ‘What are you fixing?’ ‘What are you making?’ and ‘Who are you helping?'”[4]
  • Ask yourself important questions about your business. Know the problem you’re trying to fix and its place in the African context. Also, understand what you’re doing and be intentional about your solution.[5]
  • And remember, your customers are an essential part of the equation. After all, they’re crucial to your success as an entrepreneur and the very reason you build.[6]

Quotes about Juliana Rotich

  • There is no doubt that Juliana Rotich has blazed a trail for other women techpreneurs to follow, not just in Africa, but around the world. She is an inspiration, creating a powerful platform that is capable of changing the way information flows in the world. Because of her vision, and the collaborative platform that is Ushahidi, Juliana is actively providing the tools that encourage citizens to fully participate in their economies, have their voices heard, and make the right decisions during disaster situations.
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