The Huawei ICT Competition 2021-2022 Global Final in Shenzhen drew to a close on June 25. This year marks the sixth Huawei ICT Competition, which included three competitions – Practice, Innovation and Industry – attracted 150,000 students from more than 2000 universities in 85 countries and regions around the world. After making it through the national and regional competitions, 130 teams from 43 countries and regions faced off in the global final, making this year’s finals the largest yet. This year’s participants were also the first to compete for a new series of Women In Tech Awards which have been designed to honor the outstanding talent displayed by the young women contestants in the Competition. A TECH4ALL Digital Inclusion Award was also presented during the awards ceremony, as part of Huawei’s TECH4ALL Digital Inclusion Initiative.
The Competition was hotly contested, with the following seven teams winning the Grand Prize for the Network Track of the Practice Competition: the Wuhan Technical College of Communications Team, Chongqing College of Electronic Engineering Team, Nigeria Team 2, Yangtze Normal University Team, Jiangxi University of Software Professional Technology Team, Egypt Team, and Nigeria Team 1. The four teams who took home the Grand Prize for the Cloud Track of the Practice Competition were the Algeria Team, Malaysia Team 1, Brazil Team, and Guangzhou College of Commerce Team, while the three teams awarded the Grand Prize for the Innovation Competition were the Beijing Jiaotong University Team, Xiamen University Team, and Salahaddin University Team. Finally, the winner of the Grand Prize for the Industry Competition was the Futuristic Inspection Team from the Southeast University.
Huawei Enterprise’s President of Global Partner Development and Sales Xiao Haijun spoke at the event about how indispensable ICT has become to our work and lives. As one of Huawei’s key initiatives in talent cultivation, the Huawei ICT Competition is designed to help build an ecosystem that students around the world can use to bridge digital divides and accelerate global digital transformation by improving their ICT knowledge, skills, and innovation capabilities.
Liu Limin, the President of the China Education Association for International Exchange, also spoke at the event on the important role the Huawei ICT Competition is playing in promoting international exchanges and cooperation. He said, “As an annual event for global university students, the Competition provides a platform for communication, promotes ICT technologies in universities, and serves as an example for cooperation between universities and the industry.”
Finally, Hervé Huot-Marchand, UNESCO’s Section Chief for Youth, Literacy and Skills Development, congratulated Huawei for their role as a key partner and contributor to the UNESCO’s Global Education Coalition helping young people around the world to improve their digital skills. The Huawei ICT Competition is one of the few international programs that can help young people connect and promote innovation on such a large scale so that they can, in turn, give back and create greater value in the digital society.
This Huawei ICT Competition attracted more participants this year than ever before, despite the lingering pandemic. In the future, Huawei plans to continue building education, industry, and public talent ecosystems by establishing talent alliances, integrating talent standards, improving talent capabilities, and demonstrating talent value. Huawei has also announced plans to nurture 1 million certified ICT professionals by 2024 to improve the digital skills of society as a whole. This is intended to promote scientific and technological progress, industry development, and sustainable social and economic development.