The Future Awards 2010: Best Use of Technology Nominee Profiles

Uche Eze Ladybrillemagdotc The Future Awards 2010: Best Use of Technology Nominee Profiles
Gobble Abba Web Studio
Run by Adekunle Adegboyega and Adewale Ibrahim Otolorin, both born in 1987, the company is into web development and management, database development and management, E-commerce solutions, SEO, online marketing and other related fields.

Within the past one year, after beginning with only Callivision Network as client, they have been able to grow our clients database to boast of reputable clients such as: BASKETMOUTH (www.basketmouth.tv) M.I ABAGA (www.talkaboutmi.com) LIVEBEATS (www.livebeats.net) NMVA(www.livebeats.net/nmva) CHOCOLATE CITY (www.chocolatecitymusic.com) LASGIDI ENTERTAINMENT (www.lasgidient.com) CIRQUE MAGAZINE (www.cirquemagazine.com) ACE MAGAZINE (www.acemagazine.org) LASU (www.ijbct.net) DJ NEPTUNE (www.djneptune.tv) CUES SPORTS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (www.cuesportsnigeria.com) GINNY COLLINS NETWORK (www.mynaijaunion.com) LEEDS GOSPEL FELLOWSHIP (www.leedsgospelfellowship.org) EASY MOVE PORTSMOUTH (www.easymoveportsmouth.com) BE YOUTIFUL MAKEOVERS (www.beyoutifulmakeovers.com) ECLECTIC POINT (www.eclecticpoint.com) and GIDINOISE (www.gidinoise.wordpress.com, www.gidinoise.com). They also pioneered an open ballot voting system for the Nigeria Music Video Awards 2009.

In December 2008, the UK Immigration services listed GOBBLE ABBA as one of the top 50 Web Service company in the UK to bid for its website redesign project.

Saheed Adejuwon
Born 23 years ago, Saheed is into web design, graphics design, branding and art direction. In the past year, he has worked for GTBank, Diamond Bank, ARM Pensions, Adic Insurance, Diamond PFC, Diamond Mortgage, Lekki Free Trade Zone, Haven Children Nigeria, GT Sierra Leone, Central Realities, ARM Securities, African Securities and Exchange Conference Nigeria, the Lagos Airport and the Lagos Public Private Partnership.

Two of his works were listed in the Web Jurist Report. The GTBank site was selected as the 2nd best banking site in nigeira and Diamond Bank as the 5th best banking site in Nigeria. He was a finalist for Artist of the Year last year.

Adesemowo Oyebade Obasanjo
26 year old ‘Bade is an information & communication Technology (ICT) consultant. He does a lot of work with Open source technology and Social Media which has brought me international recognition.

In the past year, he has worked with Turkish Airlines in Nigeria to develop, deploy and maintain a web application to enable clients and IATA agents to book flights and make payment on the local portal. Online Payment in local currency is processed exclusively by the regional site via Interswitch & Visa.

He has worked with Eset West Africa, the antivirus company, through its Regional Distributor needed a web application to service its clientele in the West African region, and HP Service Center (Nigeria). The center needed an application to enable it manage its internal workflow from point of delivery of a faulty equipment to the point of return. The application used globally by HP service centers worldwide (CSN) does not enable management to track various turn around time within the organisation. Our application (HIPMAN) is now being integrated with CSN

His company, Bincom ICT Solutions, is in the fore front of deploying open source solutions to meet client needs. The concept of open source is practice in production and development that promote access to the end product’s source materials—typically, their source code. He is an Open Source Ambassador, and recently organized the third edition of the annual Joomla Day in Nigeria (Joomla is an award winning Open source content management software used world wide by leading organizations). Joomla Trainings in collaboration with NTA Lagos will commence in February 2010. The JoomlaUni! Nigeria was started in April 2009 and he is the lead training facilitator at the moment. Her served as the Head of Joomla! User Group Nigeria recognised and accredited by Joomla Internationally. The User Group has held 3 editions of the annual Joomla! Day events in Nigeria. The last edition held on December 12, 2009.

Bincom commenced its Management Training courses tagged “making IT work for you” recently. The premise is on digesting and presenting various development in ICT within the last 10+ years that most management staff are unaware of and are key to moving their organisation forward. He ran a half day training for the entire Management of NTA Lagos on November 20th 2010. Other clients are in the pipeline for 1st quarter of 2010. They also started ICT4SME, a package for small and medium scale enterprise to enable them focus on the core of their business and not necessarily the intricacies of ICT. 2 of the major clients on our ICT4SME package are: Visible Impact – Consulting + Project Management Firm in Lekki, Lagos and Lawsmythbond – Law Firm in Ikoyi , Lagos.

In terms of social media, he has worked for Fela Durotoye (Consulting) , PowerbackAlarm (Electronics) , Smartexecutives (Serviced Office), Ayo Agbaje (Music) , and many others. They are also commencing work with one of the leading banking brands in January 2010. He is also responsible for SearchITnigeria, a realestate hub linking Estate Agents & Property owners to potential clients using the World Wide Web and soon to be released Mobile Web version.

Bode Pedro
The 26 year old is undoubtedly a visionary, his company Veda Technology is into the design, research and development, manufacturing and production of computer technology products. In the past year, the company has been involved in the manufacturing and final assembly of computers (laptops and desktops) as well as open source software development and application management. Their biggest accomplishment would be selling locally manufactured computers to Nigerians.

What makes them unique to all other local manufacturers is that the VEDA Team is part and parcel of product design and development including 3D Design, Tooling, Molding, Manufacturing, Final Assembly, Installation, Quality Control and Packaging. Our products are simply-put Nigerian Made. The advantages are that 1) they own intellectual property on all our product designs and tooling materials 2) Products are unique made by Nigerians for Nigerians 3) They manage pricing better through material design in 3D and 4) They undergo virtual product testing before tooling.

In addition, through their Just In Time manufacturing model, their supply chain management is effective and efficient in delivering products with short production time without compromising cost of funds. They achieve this negative cash conversion cycle through forecasting and supplier management for integral parts and components (they turnover inventory 3 times a week).

Other milestone in the less than one full year of business are the receipt of a bonafide manufacturer’s certificate from the Ministry of Finance, this means that they pay 0% custom duty fees as local manufacturers; they began an advertising campaign with FirstBank for consumer finance and they are launching an Internet Bundle Package with our products in collaboration with Visafone. Bode is also the chairman of the VEDA Academy, Computer Hardware, Software and Information Technology training Institute launching this February.

Olufemi Akande
Born in 1981, he develops and implements technology-inspired concepts to improve daily activities. In the past year, he developed the Video Resume application (www.blomenigeria.com), which is a concept designed to professionally and instantly catalog the curricular profiles and exceptional attributes of young graduates in Nigeria, through a digital process that presents a flexible means for employers to virtually and conveniently view the required qualities for the employability of young people. It is a human capacity development and marketing strategy, packaged and designed to assist corporate employers and other employing agencies to observe first hand, the attributes, intelligence and sagacity of young employable Nigerians, through a high definition DVD viewing of a short video presentation and a scanned curriculum vitae in an interview scenario.

Correspondingly, it is a platform which can enables employees to receive instant comments, requests and obtain professional assistance from potential and prospective employers to enable young graduates get employed or develop themselves so as to attain a higher level of professional career from the convenience of a mobile phone or internet access. VIDEO RESUME is not an instant and guaranteed get employed scheme, but a medium through which employers are given a better means to observe, relate and conveniently view the special attributes and qualities of a young graduate they can easily employ. To achieve this feat, they have developed a sophisticated hardware and software application device that functions on and world wide web, with the capacity to enable stakeholders to track the process of their profile on the one side of the employee and afford the employer on the other hand to tidily and orderly recruit the best candidates they require.

They are also presently working on a project for the Lagos State government called momentum Lagos, which is a hi tech system web and mobile system where Lagosians can get the real time traffic update on different locations and also find their way using the sms via a system called The Route Manager, and more information is on www.momentumlagos.com.

They are now in a position to determine the average vehicular speed on any street at any point in time and you may view the current average speeds on Mobolaji Bank-Anthony Street, Ikeja and Ajose Adeogun Street, Victoria Island on the website for this project. This is intended to give motorists and commuters in particular, live information on traffic build-ups (go-slows), alternative traffic routes and bottleneck areas by sms and via our website. For ease of movement within the city, they are also mapping by electronic means all bus stops and roads in Lagos State for commuters and motorists to access relevant traffic information by sms (text) messages and currently have a number linked to the major telephone and mobile networks for this purpose. As can be viewed from the website, this project will entail passing of information from traffic agencies to the general public and vice versa on such issues as road closures, road repairs, news and development on the Bus Rapid Transit Scheme and other traffic/transport news.

They also developed the ICAN UK smart website at icanuk.org, worked on a project for ExxonMobil USA where they developed an application for deep sea exploration devices and are presently consulting for the Ondo State government and they are integrating a new work force management system for the state.

Ikenna Chukwudi Orizu
This 23 year old is the chief executive officer and progranmmer for the company Tru Spot! Tru Spot! ™, built when he was 19, is a social music platform designed to support African artists, fans and local music. They are known as one of the #1 spot online for discovery of the latest and hottest music from the motherland. Tru Spot! aims to make African music more widely dispersed and understood as well as offering a platform for African artists to promote themselves globally.

Called Africa’s MySpace, it a platform in which African music could be delivered to people all over the world without much stress through a social network and help them discover music from new artists who had potential and deserved to be heard through a recommendation system that is powered by the users who share parallel tastes. It also brings the artists they love closer to them by having live shows, interviews, chat sessions, custom radio streams, and much more. Helping every African outside Africa still feel at home and letting the world discover African music today is our goal.

To increase listenership on the site, they implemented new features like the Tru Spot! Toolbar, Chatroom and more. In 2009, Tru Spot became the first African company to sign a partnership deal with a “Time Magazine Top 50 company” Meebo, which is a web-based instant messaging company. They chose to implement their service with Tru Spot! as a medium to get to their African Market share. Ike is an audio engineering major student at the moment, and is working on a new project that will change the way we receive news in Africa, to be released Spring 2010.

Temiloluwa Kolawole
Temi, born in 1985, is into web development, social media and internet marketing. In the past one year, as CTO/Managing Partner of Antigravity Inc, he has run Sturvs.com, has been online marketing director of Soul Muzik and the CTO of TodaysNigerians.com. His web company has powered some of Nigeria’s top internet brands i.e. Sturvs, Bella Naija, NotJustok, NET, Genevieve Magazine, VEDA and Darey.

Sturvs.com is a Nigerian sharing website where users can post and share links, music, and videos that is driven by votes and popularity. Users can also listen to streaming music of all the mp3 uploads on the website. The website also aggregates content from the major Nigerian websites and blogs. e.g. BellaNaija, Vanguard, 234Next etc. It is a major source for updates among Nigerians on the internet and is also very popular on Twitter.

BellaNaija.com is an entertainment/fashion website which is one of the most popular (if not the most) websites in Nigeria. I built it with robust photo gallery and media technologies which makes it a huge attraction for event galleries.

TodaysNigerians.com is an elite web design service for Nigeria’s prominent people. These individuals are given their own personal blog/website with email on a secure platform with people like them.

NotJustOk.com is a Nigerian music blog which has become a top source for new music releases and reviews.

theNETng.com is a top celebrity and entertainment website.

Uchenna Eze
Uche was born in 1984 and runs a ‘new media’ company BainSTone as Creative Director: using the internet as a vehicle to celebrate African/Nigerian entertainment, music, fashion and people.

The company is the parent company of bellanaija.com, where Uche is MD/Editor. It’s major accomplishments in the past year fall under 2 categories: successfully promoting Nigerian culture – music, movies etc – and then, successfully establishing themselves as a legitimate and respected online portal. The ‘blogosphere’ had been considered as a hobby space but with the work Bella Naija has done. Corporates now view this online space as a viable place to promote their products and services. Bellanaija is very easily the most influential new cultural tool on the internet.

Amongst other highlights, they worked with international advertisers and investors on building content and developing site and worked with Oprah Winfrey on a show on superstars across the world, for its Nigerian content. In addition to online media (bellanaija.com and future sites in pipeline), BainStone also offers online marketing services and has successfully executed projects for corporate including Nigerian Breweries.

The Bella Naija story illustrates how passion can develop into viable business. From a blog, it has grown to a website that is at the forefront of developing online media as a lucrative and liable business. Bella Naija has encouraged many to join the online media industry and with the plans we have for 2010, we are working towards developing opportunities for others to enter this industry and create successful businesses within it.

~Profiles by The Future Nigeria
~Courtesy photo Uche Eze

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2 comments

  1. Correction it is GidiNoize with a Z not gidinoise

  2. So who won it? and where is Seun of Nairaland??? Why is he not listed here? Nairaland is BY FAR the most influential website in Nigeria. And although the technology of this website is basic, the effects are far reaching. Which people dey nominate these things sef?

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