Nafundi's Yaw Anokwa honored by University of Washington for his work on Open Data Kit

June 16th, 2015 by Carl Hartung

Every year, the University of Washington College of Engineering selects four outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of engineering and presents each with a Diamond Award. This year, ODK co-founder and Nafundi CEO, Yaw Anokwa was selected for the Diamond Award for Distinguished Service. The committee chose Yaw out of the tens of thousands of alumni because of his use of technology in helping the under-served.

The video below that played at the awards ceremony describes why Yaw is an ideal honoree. It has great insights from well-known ICTD researchers Nicola Dell and Kentaro Toyama on how Yaw and the rest of the ODK team's community-focused management of the project enabled its success.

The video also has examples of Yaw's commitment to the under-served, including Nafundi's work with WHO documenting polio coverage in South Sudan, with WWF protecting gorilla habitat in DR Congo, and with AMPATH counseling and testing over a million people for HIV in Kenya.

Yaw and I have been working together since the start of ODK and what I say at the end of video is as true today as it was then. As long as there are people collecting data who need help, we will be there to help.

From the ground to the cloud: forest monitoring in Hutan Aceh

April 7th, 2015 by Yaw Anokwa

Hutan Aceh is the endangered home of tigers, elephants, orangutans and rhinos. EIA International and local activists from Koalisi Peduli Hutan Aceh (KPHA) protect this home by documenting forest crimes with Open Data Kit. The geo-tagged forms, rich with photos, provide the evidence needed to save habitat.

EIA has a great post on the Hutan Aceh project, and the video below does a great job explaining the project. Visit to view images from the ground.


March 31st, 2015 by Mitchell Sundt

"Sign in with Google" for ODK Aggregate will cease to function beginning April 20th.


ODK Aggregate 1.4.5: provide all users that have been accessing the webserver via "Sign in with Google" (e.g., Gmail account) with an ODK Aggregate username and password (you must specify an initial password) to use instead of their Google credentials after April 19th.

Be sure to Save Changes to apply these changes!

ODK Aggregate 1.4.4 and earlier: create an ODK Aggregate username and grant it Site Admin permissions and an initial password. Use this username instead of the Google account specified in the installer when administering the system after April 19th.

As described in the 1.4.5 action section, above, define ODK Aggregate usernames and passwords for all users of your website.

Be sure to Save Changes to apply these changes!

Consider upgrading to 1.4.5 to prevent the accidental deletion of this "super-user" username (and the resulting inaccessibility of your server) ( see AggregateReleaseNotes for upgrade steps).