My name is Patrick Kuteesa Kayongo.
Ugandan born and South African raised, my mission is to improve African businesses, schools and societies through well-crafted and excellent software, and to play a part in growing regional and continent-wide communities of software craftswomen and craftsmen.
My first piece of software was written while in high school. There was an organisation setting up educational computer centres that would also have a role in being an information centre for HIV and AIDS in rural communities in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. I developed a Flash ‘story-book’ with pictures that included narrations in both English and Xhosa.
While studying at the University of Cape Town, I was also a candidate fellow of the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation, which seeks to sponsor, nurture and grow entrepreneurs who will transform the country and the continent. Through the programme they offered, I learnt entrepreneurial, leadership and public speaking skills, while developing a network of like-minded fellows of the Foundation.
My research paper in my final year of university was on the use of information and communication technologies within previously disadvantaged schools in the Western Cape, South Africa. I hope one day to make use of the learnings from the studies in the schools, as well as other private research I have conducted since then.
Since graduation, I have worked as both a business analyst and software developer, being part of teams that have created web and mobile solutions for large organisations in the finance and real-estate industries.