OpenApps

A few weeks back, Intel — the smart chip manufacturer and giant — visited the CCHub to interact with developers, entrepreneurs & tech enthusiasts in the space.

Somewhere during the conversation, a friend asked how Intel obtains research data concerning markets they intend to enter. The response was that they paid several research companies “millions of dollars” to come by it, and even though the data wasn’t as accurate as they’d love it to be, it was good enough to establish trends, which is useful enough for them.

We asked if they’d be willing to share that data with us, seeing as we don’t have “millions of dollars” to spare. Can you guess what they said? You guessed right! We were let down with a very subtle NO.

Of course, other tech companies (telcos & ISPs) who have access to this data are either not willing to share it or are not mining it.

A few days later Bosun calls me aside and clues me in on an idea he’d been turning around in his head for sometime now. It was a practical attempt at solving the problem I’ve just described – how the average digital entrepreneur can gain access to market data that helps them make informed business decisions. If the heavyweights wouldn’t share their data repos with us, why couldn’t we just build our own?

And that is exactly what we did. A small commando development team was formed —  CLiveUA, Udezekene,  Emotu BalogunBosun and Myself — and we got to work. Within days, we had a working prototype. Today, the project is live, operational, receiving and processing data. And we’re calling it OpenApps

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Trade Transpiracy Hack: TradeViz.info

And so I was approached by the CCHUB to enter the Trade Transpiracy hack [Nigeria]. The hack, which was a collaboration between CcHub, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and The Economist Intelligence Unit aims to provide Nigerian consumers with information on how trade-related costs and how trade barriers affect them.

The whole idea of the hack was to create visualisation tools that would help the public at large or interested parties translate the data [provided by the DFID] for easy understanding & possibly manipulation.

So we set out, put a team together,  “hacked” for 3 days straight and came out with one of the winning entries: TradeViz.info. We came in at 2nd place while our good friends over at Bloovue [Seyi Taylor & company] came in at 1st place.

It was a lovely experience seeing that we had the opportunity to work with the wonderful guys over at the DFID. Our hack team comprised of Jide Olusanya, Zubair Abubakar, Femi Taiwo, Olusola Ajayi & Myself.

More information about Tradehack:
http://cchubnigeria.com/tradehack/

Entries from the Tradehack series:
Nigeria: http://hacks.rewiredstate.org/events/dfiddc2012/centres/nigeria
South Africa: http://hacks.rewiredstate.org/events/dfiddc2012/centres/capetown
London: http://hacks.rewiredstate.org/events/dfiddc2012/centres/london