Welcome to a great week!
RISE Youth of the Week is Oluseun Onigbinde from Nigeria. Seun Onigbinde an Ashoka Fellow is the Co-founder/Lead Partner of BudgIT and a Knight International Journalism Fellow.
For four years, he has been at the forefront of leading the initiative of developing a public data visualization platform for Nigeria’s budget. He graduated from the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta studying Electrical/Electronics Engineering. An avid writer with greater enthusiasm for reading.
In 2011, Seun Onigbinde set out to make information about the Nigerian budget and government expenditure accessible to everyone via a platform called BudgIT, the product of a CcHub hackathon. The startup’s emergence was timely, right at the beginning of the fuel subsidy crisis when public frustration with government spending was at its peak. Represented in stark figures that anybody on the street could comprehend, one of the most interesting data points from that effort was just how much goes into the presidential breakfast, lunch and dinner.
BudgIT has come a long way since then, and has spent the past three years creating apps, games, interactive websites and infographics that make relevant public data sets available and more importantly, cognitively accessible to the public.
Seun is the 2012 Future Awards prize winner for Science and Tech Innovation and also won an award at the 2012 World Summit Youth Award.
You can contact Seun on Twitter via: @seunonigbinde