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News: Huawei awards ICT competition Ethiopia 2021 winners

Addis Abeba, August 27/2121 – Huawei, a leading global provider of information and communications technology infrastructure and smart devices, announced the winners of the its ICT Competition Ethiopia 2021, entitled “Connection, Glory, Future.”

The competition was officially launched on 26th May, following Huawei’s strategy to develop Ethiopia’s ICT talent and innovation ecosystem.

The awarding ceremony of the national final, held today in Inter Luxury Hotel, officially celebrated winners from Practical Competition and Innovation Competition. Over 1,000 participants from all over
the country registered for preliminary contest, challenging their understanding of latest technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT), and 5G.

The final competition was held among 20 top performers and six outstanding groups from seven universities. Individual contestants competed in Network and Cloud tracks while the group contestants presented innovative ideas that solve daily life problems.

Huawei Ethiopia CEO Chen Mingiliang said “The competition is a unique opportunity for students to test their abilities in these cutting-edge fields, and helps colleges and universities to better understand the
talent requirements of today’s top businesses and government leaders. This competition showcases of our commitment to cultivate the ICT talent ecosystem in Ethiopia.”

The individual final was held online and scored by computer automatically, and the innovation contest was refereed by a group of judges consisting AAU professors, well-known innovators, and government advisors.

Bisrat Yalew from Alfa University took the 1st Prize for the Network Track Practical Competition while Sileshi Nibret from Addis Abeba University took the 1st Prize for the Cloud Track Practical Competition, the team from Addis Abeba Science and Technology took home the 1st Team prize for the Innovation competition with their “Smart City” idea.

The winners will be provided the chance to take part in the Regional Final and Global Final in 2022 as Ethiopia’s national team.

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