Founder of Chiniki Abdulhakim Bashir recently won the 1st prize at the startup Friday’s pitch event held on December 8th in Gombe state, Nigeria.
Startup Friday offers startups the opportunity to pitch their ideas for a chance to win prize money and be exposed to mentors and consultants who helps them identify the challenges facing their startups and proffer expert solutions thereto. The event is organized by the Office for ICT, Innovation and Entrepreneurship(OIIE) under the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA.)
Chiniki.ng is seeking to disrupt online shopping in Nigeria by heralding game-changing innovations in the e-commerce technologies that shapes how we experience online shopping.
The founder of chiniki.ng Abdulhakim Bashir, is one man whose engineering talent and doggedness in creating value and change sees him working singlehandedly and arduously to see the chiniki dream becomes a reality. That dream is simply to give shoppers a unique and somewhat ethereal experience online experience.
Chiniki is incorporating several ecommerce technologies which according to Abdulhakim are rare or nonexistent among the national competition, the most notable being Jumia and Konga. That is a bold move right? What I found bolder was his knowledge of the limitations of global e-commerce titans like amazon. He said he’s more than willing and able to take on any giant on that matter.
Chiniki is incorporating a vision search capability into its systems where shoppers can upload an image of an item they’re shopping for into the website. The system produces several options, the option with a greater percentage is most likely to be similar to, if not, the item the shopper uploaded.
The other capabilities Abdulhakim is building into chiniki include audio search that uses natural language processing voice recognition to identify objects and orders. He’s also including a chatbot automation.
Atop abdulhakim’s priority is localization, building a system that supports first the Hausa language, his own indigenous language, and later other indigenous languages, as the startup grows. Also, he wants to see his system use a shopping engine that compares different prices of an item across platforms.
Chiniki’s parent company softevo has had considerable impact in Abdulhakim’s home state of Katsina, in north-western Nigeria. From training and coaching tech wannabes in the python programming language, to building and selling school management systems to schools in the town. He’s also been involved with the Django girls’ foundation helping train and mentor girls on the use of the Django framework for developing web applications.