Uganda takes grand prize at Huawei ICT competition in China

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Uganda takes grand prize at Huawei ICT competition in China
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Three teams of ICT students from Uganda celebrated a strong show at the global final of the 8th Huawei ICT Competition held in Shenzhen, China.

Students from Uganda secured the  grand prize for the network track team 1( Gulu and Muni universities), network track team 2( Kabale University), computing track team 1,( Muni University) and women in tech award(Kabale University).

This group of 13 Ugandan students was flagged off by the First Lady Janet Museveni who also doubles as the  Minister of Education and Sports on May , 16.

At the 2023-24 global ICT competition, more than 170,000 students from  over 2,000 universities and colleges across more than 80 countries and regions participated, making it the largest offline competition since its launch in 2015.

More than 160 teams consisting of over 470 contestants from 49 different countries and regions reached the global final in Shenzhen, having previously been successful in their respective national and regional competitions.

Uganda's ambassador to  China,  Oliver Wonekha at the thanked Huawei for the  initiative .

“This competition means a lot. AI and digital transformation is the way to go. It is important and it is timely that Huawei is doing what it is doing," Woneka said.

“As for you students from Uganda, make sure you go back home and help in the development of the country because the future is in your hands.”

At the Huawei ICT Competition 2023-2024 closing and warding ceremony, Zhou Hong, the president of Huawei's Institute of Strategic Research hailed students for taking part in the competition.

"To make sure everyone can truly enjoy the benefits of digitalization while such technologies are making radical progress. Huawei believes it is crucial to guarantee that digital technologies are accessible to all."

Peng Honghua, the president of Huawei’s ICT Strategy and Business Development Department, said, "ICT is the cornerstone of the intelligent world. Through the Huawei ICT Competition, we aim to provide students with a global platform to compete and exchange ideas."

On the same day, Huawei also held the ICT Accelerating Education Transformation Summit.

At the summit, Huawei awarded 24 instructors the title Huawei ICT Academy Global Most Valuable Instructor (MVI) for the first time.

This award aims to show gratitude for the important contributions these instructors have made to talent development, and mark them as role models that show how the brightest minds can develop even brighter minds.

These role models will help drive sustainable development of the ICT talent ecosystem.

John Peter Olinga one of the Most Valuable Instructors represented Uganda and during the forum in which he discussed in depth two things that we need to improve the rate of ICT talent development and accelerate adoption in the industry of Uganda  including ensuring even access to practical learning of these technologies and reduction or closing   the gender digital divide.

The Huawei ICT Competition is an annual contest held by Huawei for global university and college students.

Through the competition, Huawei aims to provide students with an international platform for healthy competition and the exchange of ideas.

Since its launch in 2015, the competition has helped students enhance their ICT knowledge and practical skills, while also increasing their ability to innovate by using new technologies and platforms.

The ultimate goal is to advance technological development and facilitate digital inclusion around the world.

As one of Huawei's  key Seeds for the Future 2.0 projects, Huawei ICT Competition aims to provide a platform for college students to compete and communicate with each other around the world.

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