AGE: 21
HOMETOWN: Benue, Nigeria
ETHNICITY: African – Nigerian
EDUCATION: B.S. in Computer Science and B.A. in Mathematics at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)
WORK: Software Engineer and Philanthropy

Perry Ogwuche was born and raised in the northern part of Nigeria, where he lived for 17 years before moving to the United States. As a young boy, Perry aspired to be a pilot before he got hit with a burning curiosity for technology. Whenever he held a new gadget, it was almost inevitable for him to wonder how the software behind it worked. He always asked the “how” and “why” questions. Finding the answers to these questions soon became a lifestyle for Perry when he decided to pursue a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. His abilities in Mathematics led to him joining the honorary Math Organization – Phi Mu Epsilon (The UMBC chapter).

In the summer of 2013 Perry was selected as one of the two students from UMBC to participate in the CODE2040 fellowship program. This competitive program was a life-changing experience for Perry. Not only did he develop a new interest in startups, but his experience at Red Beacon introduced him to the daily challenges of startups. Winning the first prize with his team for Hack4Diversity, a project sponsored by CODE2040 (a non-profit that creates access, awareness and opportunities for top minority engineering talent to ensure their leadership in the innovation economy), marked a new beginning for Perry.

The interest expressed in the product Perry and his team built at the Hackathon competition was enormous. The support and encouragement formed the basis for Perry’s continuous engagement in startup projects. Currently, Perry and his team are working on a project called Crackit. Crackit will be a platform that will enable people to prepare better for their technical interviews. They hope to build it into a fully-fledged product that will be beta-tested by well-recognized companies and eventually released to the general public.

After his summer experience, Perry decided to bring back the idea of hosting a hackathon to his college campus. With the help of his new team, he was able to put together the first campus wide Hackathon at UMBC. The Hackathon was titled hackUMBC and was geared towards hacking to improve the campus life experience.  Although HackUMBC was the first of its kind on the UMBC campus, the contest was very successful.

Upon graduation in December 2014, Perry hopes to further his education and also work for a top company where can advance his skills. The ultimate goal for Perry is to become a revered entrepreneur whose exploits and innovations will impact the African community.

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