KU Leads Global ICT Competition
Kenyatta University (KU) students came out on top in the Huawei ICT competition which had 21 teams from around the world in its sixth edition.
The competition hosted student participants from China, Malaysia and the United Kingdom, the KU team took first place in the competition’s innovation track category.
The KU team was recognized for addressing the country’s challenges by using new technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Huawei’s cloud computing.
The students had competed on the national stage and won the national competition and hence advanced to the regional stage before being given the opportunity to compete on the international stage.
Huawei’s ICT Competition hosted 150,000 students the world over from 2,000 universities in 85 countries and regions in 2022.
The number was the highest in the history of the competition despite being held during the current COVID-19-affected times.
More than 15,000 people from 50 sub-Saharan African Universities participated in the Shenzhen competition in China which concluded on the 25th of June, 2022.
Xiao Haijun, the president of global partner development and sales at Huawei Enterprise said that the Huawei ICT competition is an ICT talent exchange program intended for university, college and TVET students.
It also aims at promoting the healthy development of the ICT talent ecosystem and supports the incorporation of both industry and education.
The competition is divided into the Practice category, Innovation Category and Industry category.
The network and cloud parts of the competition test students’ theoretical knowledge, hands-on ICT skills and the ability to work in a team.
In the network track, it involves security, datacom and wireless LAN technology, while the cloud track includes AI, big data, cloud computing and storage.
The KU students were recognized for the use of AI, IoT, big data and the cloud to solve problems in the contemporary world.
In the competition, seven teams from Japan, China, Nigeria, and Egypt participated in the network track of the Practice Competition, four teams from Malaysia, Algeria, Brazil and China won the Cloud Track of the Practice Competition, and three teams from China and Iraq were victorious in the Innovation Category.
A Southwest University team won the grand prize in the Industry Competition.
“ICT has become a necessity in our work and lives. The ICT competition is intended to help students to bridge the digital divide and accelerate digital transformation by improving their ICT knowledge, skills and innovation capabilities,” said Xiao Haijun.