On May 24 – 27, 2023, Huawei ICT Competition 2022-2023 Global Final Innovation Competition was held in Shenzhen, China. This time a total of 150,000+ students from 2,000+ Colleges/Universities in across 85 Countries and other regions participated. 19 teams from China, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brazil, Pakistan, Jordan, Kenya, Nigeria, Turkey, Ethiopia, and other countries and regions gathered at the Huawei headquarters to showcase their creative ideas while demonstrating to the audience and judges. This was after the teams had progressed through the national finals and regional finals competitions and won.
Huawei ICT Competition is a competitive ICT talent exchange event developed by Huawei for university/college students globally. It promotes the healthy development of a robust ICT talent ecosystem and accelerates the digitalization progress in the world. This helps bridge the industry requirement gap and the University/College education production. Huawei ICT Competition helps improve students' digital skills while exploring feasible solutions for sustainable development through innovations.
The competition consists of three tracks: practice, innovation, and industry. The innovation competition focuses on emerging technologies such as IoT, big data, AI, HarmonyOS, and Huawei Cloud, examining students' innovation, entrepreneurship, and teamwork capabilities. Team members had to demonstrate entries and then answer questions raised by the judges, who comprehensively assessed candidates' works in terms of innovation, system complexity, technical integration, social benefit, and functionality.
Team Kenya was comprised of 15 students from different Universities/Colleges with well-qualified instructors. Teams Kenya won the 1st prize and 3rd prizes as listed below:
First Prize
Innovation Team Kenya – Headed by Instructor Mr. Phillip Oyier from JKUAT
Network Team 1 Kenya - Headed by Instructor Mr. Franklin Mutisya from Machakos University
3rd Prize
Cloud Team 1 Kenya - Headed by Instructor Ms. Ruth Wambua from The University of Nairobi
Cloud Team 2 Kenya - Headed by Instructor Mr. Samuel Kariuki from Zetech University
Network Team 3 Kenya - Headed by Instructor Mr. Jonathan Mwai JKUAT
Huawei had invited Prof. Stephen Kiama Gitahi, Vice Chancellor of the University of Nairobi who motivated the competing students for successful wins. He participated as a key panelist, to discuss challenges and opportunities to cultivate ICT Talent. Some of the different places he visited were Huawei Exhibition Hall and Shenzhen University. He also held an Executive meeting on Education Solutions and Talent ICT Meeting.