August 27, 2021

Huawei awards young Ethiopian innovators

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Huawei announced the winners of the ICT competition Ethiopia 2021 yesterday on August 26, 2021, entitled “connection, glory, and future”.

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Nigist works at Addis Zeybe as a reporter while exploring her passion for storytelling and content creation.

Huawei awards young Ethiopian innovators

Huawei, the global provider of information and communications technology infrastructure and smart devices, announced the winners of the ICT competition Ethiopia 2021 yesterday on August 26, 2021, entitled “connection, glory, and future”.

It is noted that this year’s competition was officially launched on 26th May, following Huawei’s strategy to develop Ethiopia’s ICT talent and innovation ecosystem.

The awarding ceremony which was held in InterLuxury Hotel officially celebrated winners from Practical Competition and Innovation Competition. Over 1,000 participants from all over the country have been registered for the preliminary contest, challenging their understanding of the 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 7 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 Minglilang 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 our commitment to cultivate the ICT talent ecosystem in Ethiopia.”

The individual final was held online and scored by a computer automatically, and the innovation contest was referred to by a group of 7 judges including Addis Ababa University professors, well-known innovators, and government advisors.

Bisrat Yalew from Alpha University took the 1st Prize for the Network Track Practical Competition while Sileshi Nibret from Addis Ababa University took the 1st prize for the Cloud Track Practical competition. In the other category ‘Triple E’ team from Addis Ababa, Science and Technology took home the 1st team prize for the innovation competition.

Bisrat Yalew,22, the winner of the Network Track practical competition, is a third-year computer science student at HiLCoE school of computer science and at the same time, he is a 3rd-year management student at Alpha University.

Bisrat told Addis Zeybe that he loves working on developing full-stack mobile, web, and desktop applications and that he enjoys the challenges making him exert his efforts at best. “I spend my whole day, practically every day, experimenting with React, Electron, Flask, Django and some others dabbling and inhaling a wide variety of potentially useless information through a few hundred RSS feeds.”

Bisrat won the competition by presenting a Python innovation that supports many technological operating systems. He confides that his program allows running the same code on multiple platforms without recompilation. Hence, the user is not required to recompile the code after making any alterations.

On the other hand, ‘Triple E’ group leader Eyobed Tilaye told Addis Zeybe that the team which also includes Eyouel Tibebu and Ezedin Ali has been working on technological innovation ideas since their first year of joining the Addis Ababa Science and Technology University campus.

These members of the Triple E group who are now 5th-year software engineering students say that they have been attracted to exploring and experimenting with technology since childhood and their fascination in coding started back in their high school days.

The ‘Triple E’s presented a project called ‘smart city’ for the contest. According to Eyobed, their innovation focuses on transportation clocking systems which will lead Ethiopian public transport systems to be digitized. 

The winners will be privileged to take part in the Regional Final and Global Final in 2022 as Ethiopia’s national team besides the rewards of Huawei's smart technological devices.

The Huawei ICT Competition, which includes the Practice and Innovation Competitions used comprehensive theoretical understanding, hands-on practical ability, innovative technology application, design capabilities, and business thinking as the factors in selecting the winners of the competition undertaken via pure machine scoring as well as jury scoring for different tracks. 

Huawei ICT competition is an annual technical competition among global higher education institutions. Through this competition, Huawei aims to challenge the students’ ICT knowledge as well as practical and application skills and is believed to ultimately inspire innovation. 

Launched in 2015, the Huawei ICT competition has been held 5 times, attracting hundreds of thousands of students from over 2000 universities in more than 70 countries. This year marks the 6th Huawei ICT competition globally while Ethiopian students are participating in the global competition for the 3rd time.

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