Budgetier App, a proposed Application for Event Planning, Budgeting & Execution developed by Damilola Omoyiwola, a female developer with Start Innovation Hub came tops at the Startup Weekend Uyo 2018, an event held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State in March.
According to Damilola, the application will enable events to be easily planned, budgeted for and managed.
Describing the app as the first of its kind in Nigeria, the University of Benin Computer Engineering graduate said, “From personal experience and to some event planners, it’s always difficult to plan, budget and manage an event. Though some platforms do planning but not budgeting. So having an all-in-one platform is what makes Budgetier stands out. Also, it will be the first in Nigeria.”
She explained that Budgetier was not only meant for budgeting, planning and managing an event but also had the capacity to manage team members in the case of organizing for an event such as weddings, tech meet-ups, birthdays and corporate meetings.
When asked if the app was specially developed for Event Planners, Damilola responded in the negative, pointing out that the app could be used by anyone to organize an event.
Explaining how the app works, the young female Android Developer said: “While users come to the platform to make budgets, they get to see various prices offered by different vendors to ensure proper budgeting and avoid under/overestimating budgets. Then, if the user wishes Budgetier to execute the event, a payment would be made and vendors would be contacted to carry out the job”
“We are going to integrate some technology functionalities like A.I,’ Damilola further explained.
In 2017, Damilola pitched for the first time in her life. Despite coming fourth, she never relented but partook in the 2018 edition of Start-up Weekend Uyo where the Budgetier App idea was adjudged the best with a grant sum of 300k, office rent, and an open door to funds from investors.
The Budgetier Co-founder shockingly described her feeling as a woman in tech as “nothing special’’ and said, “Technology isn’t made available for only men but everybody. And as the common saying goes “what a man can do, a woman can do better”. So being in technology shouldn’t be an exception. Also, being a woman in tech requires passion, interest and determination. Why? So much discouragement comes from mostly families because of what it entails.’’
Damilola and her partners are looking forward to exploiting the 21st-century reluctant nature of humans in conducting, planning and managing things themselves. By choosing to pitch forward the Budgetier app, they have shown their unfettering belief in technology and its application to human life.