Going hungry is a harsh reality for countless Africans, sadly statistics say 13 million Nigerians, and 70% of Nigerians survive on less than US$1.25 per day.
One of the sure ways Africans have out of the poverty cycle is to get educated and get as empowered to empower our communities.
In Nigeria there is one young computer science graduate, Oscar Ekponimo, who is one those using his educational muscle to try and salvage his country, and indeed Africa from hunger and food shortages in a simple but creative way.
The app is aptly named Chowberry.
Oscar found himself among ten youths across the world selected by ITU (International Telecommunications Union) to be honored for innovations in technology.
He became a part of ITU due to developing a web and mobile application called SalvageHub which reduces food wastage and redistributes salvaged products to needy people.
Retailers also use his innovation by accessing the platform to track near expiry products in stock, trigger notifications on the hub and schedule pickups of donated food products.
ITU developed the Young Innovators programme designed to work with promising start-ups run by young people from all over the world who are using technological innovations to improve the social reality of their communities.
The “Young Innovator” competition runs each year, and ten winners join the ITU events for a four-day acceleration programme of pitching sessions for a chance to win USD 10 000 in funding and that was how Ekponimo emerged when is SalvageHub was selected.
Well, it all started when Oscar and his friends contributing warm meals to street kids on the date of the 14th of February; and then in 2013, the initiative evolved into SalvageHub and then Chowberry that earned him the ITU Union Award for technology innovations.
The innovation currently partners with 5 stores and charitable organizations in Abuja, helping to reduce food waste…Pretty cool isn’t it?
How it works:
The app sends organizations or the team alerts on packed food products that are nearing expiry from retailers who have signed up. Once they receive the alert, they pick up the products and deliver them to non-profits who then distribute to the needy.
Individuals can also download the app to notify them about any excess food they have in their home that they wish to donate and then receive details of the nearest drop-off point based on relation to their location.
Surely after reading this article, you got inspired… perhaps motivated to think of creating your own innovation. For Oscar, it all started with him having the educational know-how to come up with this breakthrough technology.
You too have the potential to do the same for your country plus more! Empowering and ups-killing yourself with a solid degree, especially in the tech industry is one sure way.
Botho University’s faculty of computing offers the same types of qualification that Oscar holds which equipped him to be able to make remarkable innovations!
Register today for our BSc (Hons) in Computing and see how you too can improve the social reality of your country.