The finals of the 6th annual Huawei ICT Competition that attracted 150,000 students from over 2000 universities in 85 countries & regions globally came to a close recently in Shenzhen China.
A total of 130 teams from across the world had qualified for the global contest which featured three broad categories in the area of Practice, Innovation and Industry.
The Kenya Team, comprising students from Kenyatta University, won first prize in the Innovation Competition beating many other universities.
They were recognized for leveraging new technology such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Huawei cloud computing to address challenges facing the country.
Earlier in the year, the KU team won the grand prize at the Huawei ICT competition regional finals. Alongside their lecturer, the team comprising three students from Kenyatta University emerged top after trouncing their counterparts from countries such as Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania & Uganda under the Innovation Competition.
Out of the 48 competing teams, Kenya and Nigeria won the first Grand Prize in the Network, Cloud, and Innovation Regional Final. Other Teams from Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria, and Tanzania claimed the 1st and 2nd Prize Award.
“Programs such as the Huawei ICT Competition are helping the country make considerable strides towards establishing a more innovation-driven economy,” Noted Kenyatta University Vice-Chancellor Kenyatta University Prof. Paul Wainaina during the award ceremony held in Johannesburg South Africa.
Indeed, after making it through the national and regional competitions, the qualified teams from countries and regions faced off in the global final, making this year’s finals the largest yet.
Huawei disclosed that this year’s participants were also the first to compete for a new series of Women In Tech Awards which have been designed to honor the outstanding talent displayed by the young women contestants in the Competition.
Another Chinese tech giant’s brand initiative, a TECH4ALL Digital Inclusion Award, was also presented during the awards ceremony, as part of Huawei’s TECH4ALL Digital Inclusion Initiative.
Speaking during the finals event, Huawei Enterprise’s President of Global Partner Development and Sales Xiao Haijun stressed that ICT has become so indispensable part of work and daily living.
“As one of Huawei’s key initiatives in talent cultivation, the Huawei ICT Competition is designed to help build an ecosystem that students around the world can use to bridge digital divides and accelerate global digital transformation by improving their ICT knowledge, skills, and innovation capabilities.” he said
On his part, Liu Limin, the President of the China Education Association for International Exchange, spoke of the important role the Huawei ICT Competition is playing in promoting international exchanges and cooperation.
“As an annual event for global university students, the Competition provides a platform for communication, promotes ICT technologies in universities, and serves as an example for cooperation between universities and the industry,” he said,
UNESCO’s Section Chief for Youth, Literacy and Skills Development Hervé Huot-Marchand acknowledged the Chinese company for its role as a key partner and contributor to the UNESCO’s Global Education Coalition helping young people around the world to improve their digital skills.
“The Huawei ICT Competition is one of the few international programs that can help young people connect and promote innovation on such a large scale so that they can, in turn, give back and create greater value in the digital society.” noted Huot-Marchand
with the conclusion of this 2021/2022 competition, Huawei says it plans to continue building education, industry, and public talent ecosystems by establishing talent alliances, integrating talent standards, improving talent capabilities, and demonstrating talent value.