My name is Uche Onuora, and I am a Co-Founder of Flexfinity Media, with offices in Abuja, Nigeria and Atlanta, USA. I have an enduring interest in ICT for Development (ICT4D).
Our primary focus is on Information and Communications Technology for Development (ICT4D) impact, and lowering 3A (Affordability, Availability, and Accessibility) barriers to the Internet and related resources, especially in emerging economies and other infrastructure-challenged environments. In many rural and semi-urban unserved/underserved areas, the costs of deployment and operation of ICT infrastructure is a significant barrier to pervasive and considerable end-user uptake and sustained usage. We work on leveraging existing and emerging technology innovations, and apply them distinctively as solutions to this 3A challenge.
I just found out about MaidSafe and have been voraciously reading, watching, and otherwise catching up on the significant and groundbreaking progress that the entire team and community has registered in birthing this revolutionary concept.
I am very interested in the distributed nature of the MaidSafe Network, as we have recently iterated our ICEBox efforts to pursuing development of a distributed cloud platform based on an aggregated cluster of peer-to-peer wireless transceivers (forming a local or metropolitan wireless area mesh network) with embedded caching and storage capacity on each individual mesh node. This mesh network will provide unified and shared cloud resources that optimize the broadband+ delivery of websites, services, applications, and content (especially bandwidth-hungry audio, video, and graphics) to users within its Local OR Metropolitan Area Network service coverage zone (or to other mesh clusters via long-range wireless or Third Party Network backhaul), on a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) access paradigm.
I taught an Interdisciplinary Short Course on “Design & Innovation” at the African University of Science & Technology, Abuja (AUST-Abuja), Nigeria in 2014. I delivered a Keynote Lecture on “Revolutions: Lessons learned from technology in emerging markets” at IESE Business School/Telefonica, S.A. e-KISS Revolutions Conference in Madrid, Spain in 2013. I also delivered a presentation on “National E-Agriculture Project” at the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) eNigeria 2013 Conference in Abuja, Nigeria, in 2013.
The focus of both lecture and presentation resulted from years of R&D efforts, conceptual innovations, and operational deployments, anchored on leveraging ICT4D solutions, as a sustainable way and pragmatic means of lowering Accessibility, Affordability, and Availability barriers to participation, in the converging universal knowledge-driven digital economy, particularly by users at the bottom of the economic pyramid and up, in emerging and infrastructure-deficient markets. This interest is extended under the ICEBox Project (http://www.icebox4d.com); which is the primary entrepreneurial pursuit that I co-founded, managed, and have been involved with for the last 5 years.
In 2004, I conceptualized and developed a Project Report & Plan for the Abuja Technology Village (ATV) in Abuja for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Administration in Nigeria (the Municipal Authority in charge of the national capital).
My entrepreneurial and professional interests in ICT4D continue to be informed by strategic devotion to critical mass devolution of emerging technologies, as essential enablers of society’s contemporary existence and future survival. I am particularly enthralled by digital media and allied strategies; especially practical approaches to tackling most pressing concerns vis-à-vis resource allocation and sundry management issues.