Tech - March 02, 2020

SSH and Password Managers

The ssh program on Linux allows you to specify a program or script from where it should get a passphrase when it needs one. This allows you to, for instance, hookup it up to your password manager to feed it the passphrase. You can do this by specifying the path to the program to execute

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Tech - January 30, 2020

Using FHIR with Google Cloud, BigQuery, and the AI Platform

From our XLSForm definitions in Ona Data to our JSON Forms in OpenSRP, the work we do at Ona is built upon community driven standards. As we further integrate HL7 FHIR (Fast Health Interoperability Resources) into OpenSRP, we’ve been exploring the existing tooling available. In this post we’ll dive into the Google Cloud Platform (GCP)

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Tech - January 25, 2020

Clojure & JavaScript Higher-order Functions

It was not easy for me to learn JavaScript. And when it came to learning higher-order functions, I had to take a break — literally get up and take a walk around the block — because I couldn’t seem to understand it. But through my pain, I’ve put together a short guide that hopefully makes it clearer

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Tech - December 19, 2019

Plotting Real-Time Locations with Mapbox

In this post we will leverage Mapbox’s real time live data plotting abilities to track the International Space Station (ISS) location on a map in real time. Real-time mapping and geolocation tracking is a core feature for web and mobile applications across many industries. In simpler words, this feature detects and streams location data to

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Work - December 09, 2019

WFP Launches Its Global Data Collection Platform 'MoDa' Powered by Ona!

WFP MoDA homepage We are thrilled to announce that last week, the World Food Programme launched a new data collection platform, MoDa, powered by Ona. The platform will be rolled out to over 83 WFP country offices and will be the main platform for data collection for WFP. MoDa, lauded by WFP as a “leading-edge platform”, is modelled

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Perspective - October 01, 2019

Ona United F.C.

Nairobi football (and technology) powerhouses Ona United F.C. and Gro Intelligence battled it out on the pitch this past Thursday. No one kept score and it was all smiles at the end. Thanks to everyone for participating, and we’re looking forward to the next match!

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Tech - September 17, 2019

Terraform 101

Terraform is a product from Hashicorp. It is a tool for building, changing, and versioning infrastructure safely and efficiently. Written in Go, Terraform creates a plan for how it will build your infrastructure and then executes it. Recently, we held our first master class in Terraform, courtesy of our Director of Engineering and SRE team. It

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Perspective - September 13, 2019

Impostor Syndrome – A Silent Topic Among New Engineers

by Elly Starting out as a software engineer is not easy. Tech companies are competitive and keeping up with the ever-evolving technology is challenging. When I started at Ona as an intern, surrounded by smart people and high expectations, I began to have feelings of inadequacy. Which is why I’m sharing my experience with imposter

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Press - August 06, 2019

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

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Perspective - June 26, 2019

Joining our solutions team: My time at Ona so far

by Bilhah 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

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