Seventh edition of the Huawei ICT Competition concludes in Shenzhen

Xiao Haijun, President of Global Partner Development and Sales Dept at Huawei
Xiao Haijun, President of Global Partner Development and Sales Dept at Huawei

On May 27, the Huawei ICT Competition 2022-2023 Global Final concluded in Shenzhen, drawing to a close the seventh installment of this competition. The first to be held in person since 2019, the event’s culmination was a competition between finalists in 146 teams from 36 countries. Before the Final, more than 120,000 students from more than 2000 universities in 74 countries and regions around the world took part in the ICT Competition.

Who were the winners of the Huawei ICT Competition?

Teams from Shenzhen Polytechnic, Guilin University of Electronic Technology, Guangzhou College of Commerce, Yangtze Normal University, and Hunan Industry Polytechnic won the Network Track Grand Prize. Teams from Guilin University of Electronic Technology, Shenzhen Polytechnic, and Nanning College for Vocational Technology won the Cloud Track Grand Prize.

The team of Shenzhen Polytechnic won the Computing Track Grand Prize. Teams of Jilin University and Ahmadu Bello University won the Grand Prize of the innovation competition. The imin team from Tsinghua University won the Smart Road Grand Prize, and the Jsgroup from Xi’an Jiaotong University won the Electric Power Digitalization Grand Prize.

Xiao Haijun, President of Global Partner Development and Sales Dept, Huawei said, “Digital talent and digital skills is the foundation for digital economy development. In the future, Huawei will bring ICT education resources to more schools worldwide. We are projected to build 7000 Huawei ICT Academies by 2026, train over 1 million students every year, greatly improving students’ digital literacy and skills for a more dynamic and inclusive digital world.”

Why is the Huawei ICT Competition a unique initiative?

In support of Huawei’s initiative, Stefania Giannini, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education, sent her wishes for the Huawei ICT Competition through a video. She said that Huawei ICT Competition not only improved students’ digital skills, but also explored feasible solutions for the sustainable development. She expressed that UNESCO fully supports Huawei’s efforts in the education industry to improve global connectivity and digital skills.

Professor Mohan Munasinghe, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate in 2007, Blue Planet Prize Laureate in 2021, Former Vice-Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), delivered a speech through a video. Professor Mohan stated that ICT has a key role to play in harmonizing the sustainable development triangle of economy, environment, and society.

Xiao Ran, VP of Huawei Strategic Research Institute, stated that Huawei is building a robust ICT talent ecosystem and accelerating the digitalization progress by launching more Huawei ICT Academies, releasing talent white papers, and holding the Huawei ICT Competition.

While digital technology will help to boost productivity and growth, facilitate productivity and economic growth, and strengthen inclusiveness and cooperation across the planet. The Huawei ICT Competition encourages global students to innovate and make critical breakthroughs that help achieve balanced, inclusive, and green growth globally.

Vicky Zhang, Vice President of Huawei Corporate Communications Dept, commented, “Huawei has set up the Women in Tech Award to encourage female contestants, promoting gender equality in the ICT industry and social inclusion. This year, the proportion of female contestants in the global final exceeded 21%, an increase of 8% compared to 3 years ago.”

As a key project of Huawei’s Seeds for the Future 2.0 initiative, the competition aims to provide a platform for college students to compete and communicate with each other in the ICT field. As of the end of 2022, Huawei has cooperated with 2200 universities to build Huawei ICT Academies, helping to train over 200,000 students each year. Since its launch in 2015, over 580,000 students from 85 countries have participated in the competition.