Bahrain’s team placed second in the competition.
Thirteen teams comprising a total of 39 students from across the Middle East have competed in the final of the Huawei Middle East ICT Competition 2019-2020, held at Huawei’s global headquarters in Shenzhen, China.
Over the course of 2019, the competition attracted more than 21,000 student registrations from 437 colleges and universities in Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. This year’s final had a total of 13 teams and 20 ministries participate from countries across the Middle East.
Charles Yang, president of Huawei Middle East, said: “We congratulate our winners, and all of the teams who made it to the Huawei Middle East ICT Competition 2019 Final. This year’s field of competition was especially strong. Each team participating in the final round represents some of the brightest talent from their country, as well as from the region. Seeing so many gifted young people gives us great confidence in the future of ICT in the Middle East.”
He added: “The Huawei ICT Competition aims to develop ICT skills and knowledge amongst the region’s youth population, giving them the understanding to contribute to their country’s digitalization efforts. Working with partners in the public sector, we are committed to developing the ICT ecosystem of Bahrain, and the competition is designed to be in alignment with government targets towards building a knowledge-based, sustainable digital economy, which can be further driven by the digital leaders we aim to create.”
The final round of the Huawei ME ICT Competition included the ICT Talent Education summit roundtable with ambassadors and chancellors from the participants’ countries. During the panel, participants discussed several pertinent topics, including the rapid development of technologies such as 5G, AI, and cloud, and how they are leading the way towards business growth and societal development, and the shortage of ICT talent in the Middle East who are ready to adjust to the new intelligent digital era and be accountable for supporting their country’s national ambitions.
The participants called on governments to increase investment in ICT talent enhancement to address this shortage, and on universities to adapt their curriculums to meet the requirements of future ICT talent cultivation. They also called upon ICT industry companies, such as Huawei, to make their own contributions to developing more ICT talent, such as through CSR programs and activities.
Bahrain’s team placed second in the competition. The winning teams received special certificates and trophies at the finale, as well as the opportunity to conduct field experiments at Huawei’s specialized labs and research centres at its global headquarters, collaborating with some of the brightest minds of the industry.
The winning teams were selected based on a three-month qualifying period, during which each competed against their national counterparts to earn their place in the regional finals. Qualifying rounds included working in real ICT laboratories, getting up-to-date with key technologies such as cloud computing, AI, Big Data and 5G.
In the final round, teams competed in day-long competitions, which included technology workshops with global ICT experts and discussions with senior delegates from Huawei.