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One of the great things about technology hubs is the serendipitous connections that can be made and the unplanned fraternization of different groups in the space. It happens quite often, but I felt a meeting this week at HiveColab was worth highlighting.

Liz Ngonzi and her colleague Sarah Webb were visiting with HiveColab Director Barbara Birungi to discuss projects related to Barbara’s Women in Technology Uganda initiative. It was complete coincidence that I happened to be visiting the space, along with my colleagues Bahiyah (of Appfrica) and Chris Burrage (of MetaLayer).

It wasn’t long before the five of us were engaged in a number of different exciting conversations related to our respective projects and perspectives.

Liz Ngonzi

Liz Ngonzi describes herself as being born in Uganda but raised at the United Nations. She founded Amazing Taste, LLC., a US-based, consulting firm that connects nonprofit organizations with corporations, foundations and philanthropists, to jointly achieve their strategic objectives.

Sarah Webb

Sarah Webb and I had both been at the Beyond Access conference in Washington, D.C. just a few days prior, but hadn’t met there. She is the Project Manager for International Development at Syracuse University’s iSchool and is passionate about bringing libraries into the global development discussion.

It was a true pleasure to meet them both, and great to have such amazing individuals involved with Hive. I look forward to seeing what these discussions will lead to!

Jon Gosier (Founder, Appfrica)

Residents at Acholibur IDP CampImage by John & Mel Kots via Flickr

The ‘Uganda diaries’ project is part of IRIN‘s (Integrated Regional Information Networks) coverage of the humanitarian impact of the decades-long conflict in northern Uganda and the ongoing peace talks between the Lord’s Resistance Army rebels and the government. Their aim is to tell the stories of ordinary people and how the violence has changed their lives; how they feel about peace, leaving the camps and returning home; starting over and justice. These are stories of immense courage and above all, hope, that after 20 years, a return to normality is possible.

It’s an interesting and important project that is recording history that otherwise might be forgotten. Much like holocaustsurvivors.org and other projects like it, the opportunity provided by the internet to preserve personal accounts of such conflicts is critical.

READ THE DIARIES

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