Southern Africa: Massive Youth Response to Global ICT Competition

Johannesburg — SOME 30 000 university students in Sub-Saharan Africa have participated in a global competition launched to enable youth participate in the digital economy as well as address skills shortages in key information and communications technology (ICT) sectors.

A majority of the scholars are from Southern Africa.

The competition is a brainchild of Huawei, the provider of ICT infrastructure and smart devices.

University students from Southern Africa are among 80 000 scholars that have participated globally as the scheme grows exponentially and has become one of the largest ICT events in the world since its launch by Huawei Technologies in 2015.

The 2018/19 event has attracted more than 1 000 universities in more than 50 countries around the world under the slogan "Connection, Glory and Future."

The competition covered latest ICT advancements such as cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT), mobile networks and big data.

At the just-concluded regional finals, some 42 finalists sat for theory and practical examinations at the finals at Huawei's regional headquarters in Woodmead, Johannesburg.

"Huawei understands the value of a good talent ecosystem which is the foundation for a smart future," said Xue Man, Vice President of the Chinese-headquartered company.

He said the ICT competition was part of Huawei's innovative initiatives to support that and promote ICT skills.

"We believe that this event will inspire more students' interest in ICT learning in Africa. It provides students with a world-class stage to showcase themselves and consolidate the vital ICT needed for Africa's development."

The winners of Sub-Saharan Africa region, drawn from Kenya and Tanzania, will participate in the global finals in China next month.

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