Honors & Awards

2017 TED Fellow
2016 WEF Young Global Leader
2015 Muhammed Ali Humanitarian Award
2015 Ashoka Fellow
2015 Cordes Fellow
2014 Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs
2014 CGI U
2014 SET Africa Award
2014 United Nations Global Accelerator
2014 Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance Fellow
2013 Echoing Green Fellow
2013 African Forum - 100 Innovations for Sustainable Development



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Human beings are a serious threat to the survival of living things on earth including humans
— Christopher Ategeka


As the developers get the robots out there—lets not forget what it means to be human—the soul, the emotions, the Intentions and the desires.
— Christopher Ategeka

Serial Entrepreneur


UCOT Evangelist


            Chris is an award-winning serial-entrepreneur, engineer, futurist, & an optimist. He is the founder/ CEO at UCOT Inc. [], a company that has created a unique model to support and fund early-stage startups creating solutions to unintended & willfully ignored consequences of Technology. Chris also founded UCOT FORUM a conference whose main objective is to have authentic discussions around exponential technology development and usage that may not be serving humanity's best interests.

              Before that, he founded Hourglass ventures a fund that supports visionary entrepreneurs from the African continent who come from the underprivileged background- and need a Friends and Family round of financing to get their ideas off the ground. He also founded Health Access Corps, a social enterprise that works to establish sustainable health care systems on the African continent. Chris has been invited to speak at some of the world’s most prestigious platforms such as TED,Clinton Global Initiative and United Nations.

Chris has won many international awards for his work, TEDFellow; Forbes Magazine 30Under30, Ashoka fellow, Echoing Green fellow and most recently he has been honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader (YGL). This honor is bestowed by the World Economic Forum each year to recognize the most distinguished and inspiring Global leaders. Selection Committee is headed by Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan. Past Young Global Leaders from around the world include Amal Clooney, International Human rights Lawyer, Marc Benioff, Founder & CEO, SalesForce, Mark Zuckerberg, Founder & CEO of Facebook Inc, Larry Page, Co-Founder & CEO, Google; Sergey Brin, Co-Founder/President, Google, Elon Musk, Chairman, Tesla Motors, Leonardo Di Caprio, actor, Ashton Kutcher, Actor, Emmanuel Macron, President of France, Jack Ma, founder Alibaba

Chris' work has been featured in many major media publications both locally and Internationally such as BBC, Forbes, and NPR. Chris holds a Bachelor’s of Science, and Master’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He also completed an intensive executive program on  Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century, at John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

We must protect humanity from Technology, or else, we lose influence over the powers that control our lives.
— Christopher Ategeka





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DREAMFORCE 2018  September 25th-28th, 2018

OC USA , Florida USA, May 6th-11th, 2018
HIVE GLOBAL LEADERS SUMMIT| Scotts Valley, CA USA, August 16-19th, 2018
Techcrunch DISRUPT SF   September 5th-7th, 2018
Governors Climate Change Summit
 September 12th-14th, 2018
Echoing GreenSummit, 
San Francisco, California October 9th 2017
San Francisco, California October 10th-13th 2017
Opportunity Collaboration, IXTAPA, Mexico October 15th-20th 2017
CURATOR TEDxOakland, Oakland, California October 22nd2017
DREAMFORCE 2017  November 6th-9th, 2017
Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, California November 20th 2017
SOCML Conference on Machine Learning November 30th, 2017
TEDGLOBAL2017 Conference,
 Arusha, Tanzania August 23rd 2017
World Economic Forum (YGL),
 Buenos Aires, Argentina April 1st 2017
TED Conference, Vancouver, Canada April 19th 2017
World Economic Forum Africa, Durban, South Africa May 3rd-5th 2017
MasterCard Scholars Summit,
 KAMPALA UGANDA August 12th-14th 2016
Living Product expo PITTSBURGH, PA USA, September 13th-15th 2016
VERGE, Santa Clara California USA, September 19th-22nd 2016
Opportunity Collaboration, Cancun, Mexico October 9th-14th 2016
Forbes 30 under 30, Boston Massachusetts, USA October 16-17th 2016
World Economic Forum (YGL), Tokyo, Japan October 18th-21st 2016
Echoing Green, Atlanta Georgia, USA November 14-18th 2016
San Francisco, California Make a Music Day SF June 21st 2016
World Economic Forum (Global Shapers), San Francisco, CA June 8th 2016
HIVE8,, San Francisco, CA May 28th 2016
Ministry of Health - Ugandan Government, Uganda April 9th 2016
Rolex Geneva, Switzerland April 24-26 2016
Echoing Green, NYC May 3rd-7th 2016
World Economic Forum Africa;  Kigali, Rwanda  May 11-13th 2016
Clinton Global Initiative U,
University of California, Berkeley 2016
MasterCard Foundation Scholars, CA 2016
TEDxBerkeley, Berkeley, CA 2016
Wharton School, Social Impact Conference, CA 2016, San Francisco, CA 2016
Social Entrepreneurship, University of California, Berkeley 2015
Young Presidents Organization, San Francisco, CA 2015
Social Impact Conference, Wharton School, Pennsylvania, PA 2015
Beyond Academia, University of Berkeley, CA 2015
The School Fund, Palo Alto, CA 2015
Chicago Ideas Week, Chicago, IL 2014
TiECon, Santa Clara, CA 2014
United Nations Global Accelerator, 2014
TEDxSacramento, Sacramento, CA 2014
Rotary Club, CA 2013/14/15
Boys and Girls Club, East Palo Alto, CA 2013
Commencement Address, UC Berkeley, CA 2011

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