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Designing the Sigmah software is a project which has evolved in various different stages since 2008. The initial idea brought together a series of humanitarian actors, who formed first of all a working group and then a ‘community’ of designers, testers, users, etc.

  • 2008, 2nd semester: a group of NGOs asked Groupe URD to carry out an assessment
    of their needs. Each NGO faced difficulties in terms of managing information, and hoped
    to better understand and share these difficulties in order to work collectively towards solutions.
  • 2009, 1st semester: the assessment confirmed that the NGOs had a number of common needs. Research revealed that none of the existing solutions fully responds to these needs (software ill-adapted, very complex to use and/or not possible to share). A working group of NGOs was therefore formed: Aide Médicale Internationale, Comité d’aide médicale, Comité de Secours Internationaux, French Red Cross, Première Urgence and Solidarités International.
  • 2009, 2nd semester: the working group grew from 6 NGOs in April to 10 in December.
    A project proposal started to take form, with the aim of getting funding for the project.
  • 2010, 1st semester: meeting and connections were made with Bedatadriven, designer of the ActivityInfo software, which has many similarities with the objectives of the Sigmah project. The search for funding partners came to fruition, enabling the first year of the project to officially begin, with funding from the Catalan Agency for Development Cooperation and the DG ECHO.
  • 2010, 2nd semester : software development.
  • 2011, 1nd semester: completion of version 1 and setting up of the website
  • 2011, 2nd semester : launch of version 1.1 of the software and initial contact with volunteer developers.
  • 2012, 1nd semester: participation in "Google Summer of Code 2012" and first contributions by IT volunteers.
  • 2012, 2nd semester: a detailed needs assessment for Phase 2 launched by the Steering Cooperative.
  • 2013, 1st semester: Phase 2 needs assessment, design and assessment; participation in "Google Summer of Code 2013".
  • 2013, 2nd semester: version 1.2 of the software is released in July, and funding for the operational launch of Phase 2 obtained from the French Development Agency.

  Video part of Sigmah Launch Conference 2011

Download this video in free format (.ogv)