Oscar Ekponimo

Country representing

Nigeria

Languages

English
French

Education

  • University of Calabar - Computer Science
  • U.C.I.S.S Secondary School
  • Knowledge Management Systems Training Pennsylvania-USA

Current organisation

Chowberry

Current role

Founder & CEO Chowberry

Skills and Expertise

Food security
Information technology
Product design
Social entrepreneurship
Software development

Areas of interest

Business
Leadership
Sustainable Development

Website & Social Links

I am passionate about

I am passionate about technology and its use as a tool for effecting social change. My motivation and inspiration to use technology to effect change through the innovating and launch of initiative in the area of food and nutrition security stems from my personal experience with hunger and under nutrition. As a growing child in 1997, became ill was temporarily out of work. Consequently the family income took a nosedive and as a result, accessing sufficient nutrition became a challenge. Therefore coming out of the phase, I resolved to use whatever capacities I gained in the future to prevent others from going through what I went through. So In 2009, I and a few friends began “Blue Valentine” where we distributed warm meals to indigent street kids every February 14th. This initiative later evolved into SalvageHub in 2013 and the same venture is now called Chowberry I have developed social entrepreneurial skills over the last three years via business courses and mentorship from the International Telecoms Union and Lagos Business School, as well as my Software Engineering background spanning over 7 years of experience. I am skilled and experienced Software Engineer and Information Technologist with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and over Five (5) years’ professional experience in building knowledge Management Systems working in teams both within and outside Nigeria - developing technology solutions for both private enterprises and national security establishments. Acting as Technology lead I led a team for the successfuli implementation of Africa’s second largest DNA Banking project collecting and mapping over 80,000 DNA samples of military personnel scattered across the country into a single DNA archive and mapped to an enterprise database.

Actions

I developed Chowberry to provide an alternative affordable source of nutrition for economically disadvantaged demographics through web and mobile based value ecxhange service. We are building the cloud based service which provides a sustainable means of managing shelf-life of food products by enabling retailers monitor and track food product expiry in stock while simultaneously streaming the same monitored products to consumers at deep discounts via location aware algorithms. It seeks to impact over 2.5 Million economically disadvantaged households with affordable nutrition from near expiry food products by the retail and distribution level agricultural value chain actors. Thus far we have a working version of the cloud based service online with minimal functionalities and ran a successful pilot with a small set of 300 users and 20 partner retailers which provided nutrition to about 150 orphans and vulnerable children through partnerships with orphanages. In personal capacity, i deliver free training and mentorship to school students on sustainable development and how they can tackle hunger and malnutrition.