TechInAfrica – Huawei is set to host an annual ICT Competition in China next year. It’s calling for 10,000 South African students to register for the contest. The previous ICT Competition saw around 80,000 students around the world with 28,000 came from Sub-Saharan Africa.
“It is aimed at driving the development of ICT talent for industry growth and digital transformation and is a crucial element of Huawei’s talent ecosystem, which seeks to address the skills shortage in the sector,” said the company, explaining about the contest.
“In South Africa, we have set an ambitious target of registering 10,000 students for the national phase. We are excited to report that we have already registered 7,000 students from 20 SA universities and colleges,” said ICT Talent Development Manager, Tsholofelo Llale.
In order to raise awareness about the competition, the company has also done several roadshows across the country at leading universities, TVET, and private colleges, and other institutions for over the past few months.
Huawei explains that the topics for the ICT Competition cover 4IR technologies, including cloud computing, Artificial Intelligence (AI), 5G mobile networks, and big data.
Interested participants must register themselves no more than October 20th, 2019. The next phase of the competition will require the students to write a preliminary exam. From there, the top 100 students will get selected for the national stage. They will attend a boot camp that focuses on their selected fields before a lab exam is written.
At the end of the boot camp program, six students will be picked with two teams from two institutions to compete in the Sub-Saharan regional phase and beyond.
“These students will be trained by our expert engineers to help them prepare for the regional final in February 2020. Our goal is to ensure that they take the first prize in the regional final and represent Southern Africa in the international final in China in May 2020,” Llale concluded.