Help the needy now with a click – app in­ven­tor, So­dangi

Daily Trust - - YOUTH VILLE -

Text by Fa­tima Joji he evolv­ing world of apps cre­ation is fast plac­ing some ge­niuses in the mil­lion­aire or even bil­lion­aire clique. Apps (soft­ware ap­pli­ca­tions) are what drive smart­phones as a Fe­bru­ary 2015 sur­vey re­leased by The Economist, shows that half of the adult pop­u­la­tion owns a smart­phone, and by 2020, that will sky­rocket to 80per­cent. With the sev­eral apps be­ing cre­ated, a 21-year-old Nige­rian in­ven­tor, did a smart thing by cre­at­ing a smart­phone char­ity app. Ab­dul­jaleel So­dangi, an ar­chi­tec­ture stu­dent at Is­tan­bul’s Bahçeşe­hir Univer­sity, in­vented an app that makes giv­ing to those in need a lot eas­ier.

His tal­ent and ef­forts were rec­og­nized ear­lier this month at a pres­ti­gious event held in Abuja by the Nige­rian Next Gen­er­a­tion

Sum­mit, a non-

Tprofit or­gan­i­sa­tion for youth em­pow­er­ment and hu­man­i­tar­ian aid, which rec­og­nizes the tal­ent of young in­ven­tors. Through his App, ‘Givee’, in­di­vid­u­als can send es­sen­tial day-to-day items to those in need. He said, “We wanted to keep it sim­ple, so we nar­rowed it down to ba­sic food, ed­u­ca­tion (sta­tionery) and cloth­ing.

“You sign up easily with your mail and choose a meal pack­age for ex­am­ple. You then se­lect how many pack­ages you wish to buy and scan your credit card to pay. As soon as it’s de­liv­ered, a photo is taken and sent back to the donor,” So­dangi ex­plained.

The app, which will be free, is now in its fi­nal stages of about 95per­cent com­ple­tion, and may hit the public sphere by year end.

The young in­ven­tor said he hit a few bumps on the track to cre­at­ing the app. It was new ter­ri­tory for a non engi­neer, so he be­lieved that “apps of such mag­ni­tude would take a lot of time to learn and im­ple­ment.”

So­dangi said af­ter a cou­ple of devel­oper failed his team, “We got another devel­oper, but to trust him, we gave him another test app to de­sign. That app, ‘Au­toDuel’ is al­ready on the App­Store and re­cently on the Google Play store. It’s for com­par­ing car per­for­mance and rat­ings, and even lis­ten­ing to the en­gine sounds.

“Later, we felt we could trust the devel­oper and we gave him the Givee job. One of my un­cles Sadiq, gave a con­tri­bu­tion to pay­ment,” he men­tioned.

He main­tains that the im­ple­men­ta­tion part is prob­a­bly the hard­est but he is con­fi­dent that “to­gether, with Next Gen­er­a­tion Nige­ria, we shall set­tle that.”

So­dangi said he was from a fam­ily that does a lot of char­ity and to­gether with his friend Ozan in Is­tan­bul, the idea came to fruition.

At his leisure, So­dangi loves in­spi­ra­tional books but hardly reads nov­els for he is busy ei­ther ‘learn­ing new soft­ware’ or watch­ing in­spir­ing movies.

His only re­gret would be not fol­low­ing his dream at an ear­lier stage of his life. So his ad­vice to young ones would be to fol­low their pas­sion. “Your brain is lim­it­less, all you need to do is fill it with your pas­sion’ and ‘once you have a pas­sion to learn some­thing, your brain would en­joy it con­tin­u­ously,’ he said.

Juliet’s pro­ject be­ing com­mis­sioned by an NYSC of­fi­cial and a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Na­tional Emer­gency Manag­ment Agency (NEMA)

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