Kenya’s Huawei ICT win­ners head for next round

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The con­tes­tants now move on to the re­gion­als in South Africa. Those who suc­ceed will re­ceive a spon­sored trip to Shen­zhen

in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy stu­dents reg­is­ter at the pre­lim­i­nary stages from 40 uni­ver­si­ties across the coun­try. Of these, 600 were se­lected for train­ing, af­ter which the top 100 un­der­went fur­ther coach­ing at a boot camp ses­sion be­fore tak­ing na­tion­wide ex­ams con­ducted by Huawei.

Speak­ing at the award cer­e­mony, Li Xuhang, charge d’af­faires of the Chi­nese em­bassy in Kenya, urged Kenya’s in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nol­ogy stu­dents to lever­age ICT to create mir­a­cles, just like what Huawei and Alibaba have achieved in China and across the globe.

“To em­power the youth is to em­power the whole na­tion. I en­cour­age all young stu­dents to grasp op­por­tu­ni­ties pre­sented by in­no­va­tive tech­nolo­gies such as ICT to nur­ture home­grown global com­pa­nies in Kenya. I also wish that they be­come am­bas­sadors of friendly re­la­tions between Kenya and China, as the two coun­tries are set to mark their 55th an­niver­sary of diplo­matic ties in De­cem­ber this year,” he said.

Launched in 2015, the com­pe­ti­tion chal­lenges ICT stu­dents from all over the world to test their ICT ca­pa­bil­i­ties and pro­vides a plat­form for the ex­change of skills and ex­pe­ri­ences.

“Huawei has demon­strated its com­mit­ment to lead­ing dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion in Kenya through in­vest­ing in young peo­ple by em­pow­er­ing them with the nec­es­sary knowl­edge and pro­vid­ing them with plat­forms and op­por­tu­ni­ties to sharpen their IT skills,” says Jerome Ochieng, prin­ci­pal sec­re­tary of Kenya’s Min­istry of In­for­ma­tion, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Tech­nol­ogy.

“We con­tinue to work to­gether to lever­age tech­nolo­gies as cat­alyz­ing pow­ers of the Big Four (de­vel­op­ment) Agenda, such as pre­ci­sion agri­cul­ture for food se­cu­rity, smart and tech­no­log­i­cally ready homes for af­ford­able hous­ing, and con­nected hos­pi­tals for uni­ver­sal health­care,” he adds.

The Huawei ICT com­pe­ti­tion is a plat­form that is part of the Huawei Au­tho­rized In­for­ma­tion and Net­work Academy, a cer­ti­fied pro­gram that pro­vides the lat­est tech­ni­cal train­ing and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion to stu­dents by train­ing lec­tur­ers for the Huawei Cer­ti­fied Net­work As­so­ciate — Rout­ing and Switch­ing pro­gram.

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