Open Hands Tech draws innovation to curb poverty in Nigeria
A Non-Governmental Organisation, Open Hands Tech has developed technology that will enable it to bring many Aid rendering bodies, particularly in the United States under a single platform for ease direct access by less privileged people in Nigeria In a bid to reduce poverty in the country.
With poverty statistics in Nigeria spiraling out of control, Nigeria is standing precariously on the edge of a social crisis like never before. Resources are spread thin across the nation’s citizens, and with the government struggling to keep the nation’s economy adrift, poverty figures are soaring at an alarming rate.
A report by the National Bureau of Statistics estimates that six Nigerians drop into extreme poverty every minute, with projections indicating a staggering 46 percent (over 87 million Nigerians) living below the poverty line.
In light of the above, the Organisation is using an astute blend of human resources and information technology tools to create a civilisation where resources are readily accessible and spread more evenly across society.
Speaking to the media in Abuja at the Weekend, the founder of the Organization, Joshua Omisore said “one particularly useful instrument that has been developed over the last half decade by Open Hands Tech has been Artificial Intelligence (AI), which allows machines to “learn” by simulating human intelligence processes”.
According to him, “artificial Intelligence provides the capability to acquire, categorise, process, apply and extrapolate data at speeds that are physically impossible for the human mind to reach. Using applications like speech recognition, machine vision and expert systems, gigabytes of information can be compiled and manipulated at a moment’s notice. It stands to reason that with tools like Artificial Intelligence, an increasing number of socially-motivated private institutions, government organisations and initiatives, and with an engaged civil society, poverty should be on the decline in Nigeria”.
He stated further that, ” access to resources for the needy and vulnerable is at an all-time low. Initiatives developed to foster poverty relief are uncoordinated and disorganized. With several domestic, foreign, governmental and non-governmental organizations seeking to tackle the resource imbalance in their own way, resources are sometimes mismanaged, and many times, severely underutilised. The real casualties of this disorganised approach are often the poorest of the poor, who have no means to alleviate their suffering”.
Omisore said “Open Hands Tech has taken up the challenge of synergising the efforts of all these individual platforms. Run by a team of astute professionals including Nigerian Joshua Omisore, the company’s mandate is to use technology to serve the most vulnerable with support and with innovative solutions to their problems”.
The organisation with perfect SAT scores and a plethora of high-level connections put together a great team of business and community leaders from across the United States and Nigeria to create a medium that provides agency for the underserved. Using emerging, interactive information and machine learning technologies, Open Hands Tech has developed an all-encompassing solution: a platform which provides real-time, pertinent information on the location and availability of much-need resources and solutions.
Omisore explained that Open Hands Tech leveraging on the capabilities that Artificial Intelligence technology provides by creating an all-inclusive application which acts as a primary access point for the provision of key resources to those in need. Using voice and text services, this application will serve as a “lifeline assistance program”, providing users across myriad platforms with a portal to resources and lifelines.
“Open Hands Tech’s mission is to devise a platform that allows for synergy and optimised coordination in the circulation of aid and resources to those who need it the most” he stated.
“With more support, Open Hands Tech can effectively use interactive information to bridge the gap between solutions providers and their target market, while simultaneously expanding their reach. The ultimate goal is to build a community and network of people and organisations and synergise their efforts by integrating the efforts of NGOs and organisations who offer the same or similar services. By creating a unified front, information dissemination and service delivery are optimised. We can ensure that vital resources are efficiently delivered to those who need them and that those who benefit from these services are always satisfied”. Omisore explained.