Innocent Kawooya, the former Kampala City mayor Lord Mayoral candidate, has urged the youth to work hard to achieve their dreams following the success he has gathered in the past few years.
Kawooya elevated from being a mere computing ICT tutorial assistant at the faculty of social sciences, Makerere University to a Chief Exeucutive Officer (CEO) and co-founder HiPipo, a famous company that organizes events, awards and digital technology seminars.
HiPipo started as early as 2005 in the Makerere University computer laboratory as a mere social entertainment platform which later advanced to a multi-diversified company that is greatly impacting creative arts digital innovation, Financial Technology (FinTech), finance and events.
Recently, he was awarded the CEO of the year by the TIG Network in Africa, a company that recognizes achievements by different African Innovators.
Kawooya is undoubtedly one of the most influential people that have changed people’s lives when it comes to technology in Uganda and African at large, especially women, through his project dubbed “Women In FinTech”.
Many women have been give a chance to showcase their potential and skills about technology in the digital world, as was organized by HiPipo in “The Women In FinTech hackathon and summit” under its “include everyone programme” in partnership with Crosslake Tech, Modus Box and Mojaloop foundation.
Due to his contribution to digital innovation and technology development as the FinTech and financial inclusion specialist, computer programmer, Internet entrepreneur film producer and entertainment executive he is referred to as “The Tech father.”
During the 2021 elections innocent Kawooya came as aspirant for the post of Lord mayor with a slogan “digitalising Kampala” which many believed that, it’s what the city needed. Unfortunately he was defeated by Erias Lukwago, the incumbent.
Kawooya continues his digital journey along with helping the poor through HiPipo.
By Sausan Naggayi