A Kenyan team from Kenyatta University has won the first prize in the Innovation Category of the Huawei 6th Global ICT competition.
The fair was held on 5 July.
The winning presentation was led by three students: Ashtone Onyango, Stephen Katona, and Catherine Wanja.
The participants, guided by their lecturer Michael Munyao took advantage of Huawei’s AI technology to design an innovative program for detecting early childhood pneumonia, which was recognized by judges and won the first prize in the Innovation Competition.
Kenya also picked the third prize with a team of students from Machakos University in the Network track. Another team from Kenyatta University also won third prize in the Cloud Track.
The Global Final Competition featured 130 teams, 150,000 students, and 2,000 universities participating in Network, Cloud, and Innovation categories.
It encourages students to combine their practice and propose innovative solutions to address social development problems.
The Huawei ICT Competition is free and open for students in Huawei ICT academies and those in higher education institutions.
Through the competition, Huawei seeks to provide students with a platform to compete, win awards, and exchange ideas, thereby enhancing their ICT knowledge and practical skills as well as increasing their ability to innovate by using new technologies and platforms.
The competition is organized at a National Level, Regional Level, and finally a Global Level.
Locally, Huawei has set up ICT Academies in over 50 Universities and Colleges to provide access to the latest technology training in Networking, Cloud, 5G, and AI.
Yearly, it trains over 4,000 students.
The annual Huawei ICT skills Competition attracts over 6,000 students every year in Kenya alone.
The Huawei Kenya Engineering Training Academy recently became an authorized training center for ICT skills for the government.
It is instrumental in Kenya’s ICT talent cultivation providing advanced training to the public and government.