In a groundbreaking stride towards inclusivity and innovation, Douglas Onencan, hailing from Kalongo, Agago District, has emerged as a beacon of technological brilliance.
Born on May 1st, 1999, to the late Sidonia Acayo and Hans Owili, Onencan’s journey is one marked by exceptional achievements.
From a tender age, Onencan’s affinity for metalwork earned him the endearing moniker ‘Tata’. Legend has it that his fascination with the iconic TATA lorry was so profound that he would insist on being near it, and his eyes would well up if denied the view. This early fascination with metals laid the foundation for his remarkable creativity.
In 2020, he piloted Uganda’s first operational helicopter during his S6 vacation, a feat that turned heads and solidified his position as a trailblazer.
Today, Onencan stands at the helm of Eyebyorets, a device revolutionizing accessibility for the visually impaired. This groundbreaking invention empowers the blind to read books, recognize objects, and navigate their surroundings autonomously.
But that’s not all – Onencan’s prowess extends to the automotive industry. He is the brain behind LiZ, an electric vehicle that outshines even the most prominent Tesla models. With a vision set on electrifying Uganda, he is now pioneering a new breed of power stations that promise affordable, uninterrupted electricity, starting from Northern Uganda and expanding across the nation.
Education has been a cornerstone of Onencan’s journey. From Dr Ambrozoli Memorial Nursery and Primary school to Busoga College Mwiri and Naalya SS Bweyogerere, his academic journey has been nothing short of exemplary. Emerging as the top pupil in Primary Leaving Examinations with an aggregate of 8, Onencan’s pursuit of knowledge has been relentless.
Currently on the cusp of graduation from ISBAT University in December 2023, Onencan’s foray into Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Engineering is poised to further revolutionize technology in Uganda and beyond.
His indomitable spirit and unwavering commitment to innovation make him a beacon of hope for a brighter, more accessible future. With each invention, he cements his legacy as a pioneer and a visionary, leaving an indelible mark on the landscape of Ugandan technology.
Inspiration to Exhibit Unequalled Innovative Prowess
Drawing inspiration from his own family, particularly his elder brother struggling with poor vision, Onencan embarked on a mission to change lives. He harnessed the power of artificial intelligence to create a device that empowers the blind to read, identify objects, and navigate without constant guidance. Remarkably, the Eyebyorets requires no extensive training, making it accessible to all.
But Onencan’s heart goes beyond visual impairment. As the former head prefect of Naalya S S Bweyogerere, he founded the Mother Naalya Outreach Foundation, bringing aid to the disabled.
It was here that he encountered a girl with extraordinary determination, using her leg to write with astonishing precision. This encounter ignited a fire within Onencan, compelling him to push the boundaries of assistive technologies even further.
This dedication has led to the birth of Earbyorets, a device set to revolutionize communication for the deaf community. Just as Eyebyorets transformed the world for the visually impaired, Earbyorets promises to bridge the gap between sign language users and those who communicate verbally.
In 2020, Onencan unveiled the KASUUBO-X helicopter, marking a historic milestone in Ugandan aviation. This homegrown marvel is not just a flying machine; it represents the triumph of local ingenuity. Fueled by a desire to combat locust infestations devastating the region, Onencan’s helicopter serves as a beacon of hope for a nation in need.
Looking ahead, Onencan’s sights are set on the future. He envisions an electric car, LiZ, that outshines even industry giants like Tesla. Boasting self-sustaining energy and affordability, LiZ promises to be a game-changer in the fight against climate change.
In a passionate plea, Onencan calls for support from all quarters. With the right financial backing, these groundbreaking technologies could reshape industries, create jobs, and elevate Uganda onto the global technological stage.
Onencan Defies Odds and Soars Despite Cut-throat Challenges
In the dynamic realm of innovation and entrepreneurship, where dreams take flight and ideas shape the future, Onencan was a force to reckon with. A visionary personality, Onencan embarked on his journey in 2020 with an audacious goal – crafting a helicopter. Little did he know, his most formidable adversary would be the ever-persistent challenge of capital.
“The biggest startup challenge is capital,” Onencan reflects, his eyes alight with the fire of a true trailblazer. “Innovation demands a heart that’s willing to take risks, knowing that fortunes aren’t minted overnight. For many, this audacity to risk for the greater good is a rare trait.”
While the allure of quick returns beckons, the innovation landscape is a testing ground for those with unwavering resolve. “Investing in innovation means understanding that returns won’t materialize swiftly,” Onencan explains, his voice carrying the weight of experience.
“This dissuades many from even taking that first step. Yet, for those who dare to risk, the rewards are boundless when the breakthrough arrives.”
In Onencan’s case, his beacon of support came in the form of his uncle, Samuel Olweny, the visionary CEO of Matrice360, a research powerhouse. Olweny’s unwavering sponsorship paved the way, ensuring Onencan’s projects soared through the skies of possibility.
From the groundbreaking helicopter to the cutting-edge creations like Kasuubo-x23, the LiZ, and the Eyebyorets, Onencan envisions a future where these marvels grace the global market. However, he stands at a juncture where financial assistance becomes the linchpin to realize this dream.
“I am reaching out to any willing individual, group, or government entity,” Onencan implores, his gaze resolute. “To bring these innovations to the world, we need the resources to make them market-ready.”
In closing, Onencan extends a heartfelt call to action. “Innovations burgeon, and each day births new concepts,” he states, passion radiating from his every word.
“Yet, we need assistance. We beseech FAM Media to amplify our voice, to help us connect with potential backers, be it government bodies, NGOs, or individuals like Hamis Kigundua.”
To aspiring dreamers, Onencan’s advice is a beacon of hope. “Persist in your dreams, for someday, someone will take notice and lend a hand,” he urges, a testament to his own unyielding journey.
“Never cease learning, seize opportunities, and understand that success demands unwavering consistency. When adversity strikes, keep pushing forward. In this competitive world, be the fiercest advocate for your craft, and never shy away from sharing it with the world.”
With a spark in his eyes, Onencan leaves us with a resounding truth: “If you can dream it and articulate it, you have the power to achieve it. The sky is not your limit; it’s just the next launching pad.”
In the tapestry of innovation, Douglas Onencan’s story stands as a testament to the indomitable spirit that drives humanity forward.
His journey is a beacon of hope, an inspiration for dreamers to forge their path, and a reminder that with unwavering resolve, the sky is but a canvas for limitless potential.