[Shenzhen, China, January 20, 2022] “Are u OK?” team from Thailand has been awarded first prize in Huawei’s first Tech4Good competition on Jan 20, 2022, according to the results of a popular online vote. This competition is a key part of Huawei’s flagship corporate social responsibility (CSR) program, Seeds for the Future 2021. Second and third place were awarded to “VN01” team from Vietnam and “Binary Brains” team from Libya respectively from among 10 finalists. There were 79 submissions in total.
Team “Are u ok?” awarded first prize because of to their project entitled “Turning green”. This application is created for hospital, government, and health care industry, to support ambulance traffic management and corporate communication. Second place awarded Team “VN01” created virtual sign language translator. And the third awarded team “Binary Brains” projects chose to participate on Smart NICU monitor app. Team “Digital4People” from Brazil won audience award. The project name called watergo solution (bringing water for those who need).
Huawei’s Seeds for the Future program was launched in 2008 to develop skilled, local ICT talent and bridge communication gaps between countries and cultures. In it, young people from around the world study advanced ICT technologies and compete to build real-world expertise and skills. The 2021 program had a record-breaking 3,500 participants from 117 countries, bringing the total number of participants over the past 13 years to 9,000 students representing 131 countries and regions.
During her opening remarks at the award ceremony, Huawei Board member and President of Public Affairs and Communications Catherine Chen explained how this year’s program was a particular success: “In addition to our existing virtual classes and expert exchanges, we also added a new section to the program – the Tech4Good Global Competition. In this competition, participants are encouraged to team up and find an ICT solution for a social issue of their choice.”
The first-place winner “Are u OK?” team chose to focus their project on Turning green (Advance emergency Medical services (AEMS). As part of this award, they will receive US$20,000 in prizes, a private 60-minute workshop with a Huawei executive, and a chance to pitch their solution to investors and turn it into reality. These students will also be shortlisted to speak at future international forums and events similar to this ceremony, where they had the opportunity to present their projects and speak with government officials in attendance.
Chen also spoke at length during the event about the program’s aim to foster unity and cooperation in a contentious international environment along with other social goals.
“In this year’s Seeds for the Future program, more than half of the participants from over 20 countriesare women. Tech has no gender. A diverse, inclusive, and innovative worldneeds the perspectives and strength of women. We look forward to seeing more womenparticipate in science and technology in the coming years.”
This announcement follows Huawei’s new Women in Tech initiative, which was launched to encourage more women to join the technology industry, and take on more leadership roles.
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About Seeds for the future in Ethiopia
The Huawei Seeds for the Future program aims to develop skilled, local ICT talent and bridge communication between countries and cultures. By sharing ICT expertise and experiences in the global business environment, young people from different countries can learn about advanced technologies in the ICT industry. Since 2016, Huawei Ethiopia has been sending top 10 students from Ethiopia to its head office in China to participate on 2 weeks of training with the Seeds program.
As of 2020, because of the COVID Pandemic, the Seeds program went online. Last November 2021 the program also held online. The course included basic and advanced levels courses on key technologies such as 5G, cloud computing, and AI. Last year from Ethiopia 40 students from different universities attended the program and graduated
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