Barbara Birungi

Barbara is a Ugandan Social Entrepreneur, Technologist, activist, mentor, teacher and investor. She is the Director and co-founder of Hive Colab in Uganda an innovation hub, business accelerator and incubator for East African technology Startups and whose mission is to build local tech capacity and scale up ideas with positive social and economic returns. She is also the founder of WITU (women in Technology Uganda) an Organization that transforms and empowers lives of women using technology. It seeks to encourage, inspire and train more women in the tech field through networking, training, mentoring and partnering so as to increase the number of women in tech, the number of tech women entrepreneurs and more girls to take science courses at university so as to reduce the gender gap and compete favorably with male counterparts for jobs and improve the livelihoods of women in Uganda. Prior to this she also worked with Makerere University on a project to increase the sales of rural craft making women using the web so as to improve the livelihoods of these women. Barbara is a 2014 Anita Borg Institute Change Agent Award winner and a 2017 YALI Washington Fellow.