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KFAS partners with Huawei on Middle East 4th ICT Competition

  • New virtual platforms are created for Kuwaiti students to exchange ideas, enhance practical skills, and contribute to Kuwait’s growing ICT sector
  • Huawei launches first Innovation Competition running in parallel to support industrial digitization
  • Competitions will facilitate connections between government, enterprises, and academia

With digital technologies becoming the building blocks of Kuwait’s intelligent society—and increasingly important during the COVID-19 pandemic and post-pandemic recovery—Huawei is once again touching on an important driver of the digital transformation journey, nurturing ICT talent. Huawei has partnered with KFAS (Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science) to launch the 4th edition of its flagship annual Middle East ICT Competition in Kuwait – aiming  to support the next generation of leaders for an intelligent world, in line with government national plans and strategies.

The initiative underpins technology utilization and aims to support socio-economic development by bolstering the overall ICT ecosystem through local talent. Such individuals can in turn help Kuwait achieve its national development plans and ambitious visions for more sustainable, knowledge-based economies.

Layla Al-Musawi, Program Manager at KFAS, stated: “The ICT sector is a significant national industry promoting Kuwait’s global competitiveness and economic strength. Private sector programs like the Huawei Middle East ICT Competition are highly valued in supporting these ambitions, developing indigenous innovation overall while nurturing a supportive environment for the ICT sector in particular.”

Rico Lin, CEO of Huawei Technologies Kuwait, said: “Empowering Kuwaiti youth with global knowledge and new skills plays a key role in the future of socio-economic growth. Huawei is committed to expanding the ICT value chain in Kuwait through local talent and building open ecosystems. We believe in openness, collaboration, and shared success, and put forward our best efforts to support the sustainable development of ambitious countries like Kuwait. We are dedicated to fostering innovative interdisciplinary talent through knowledge and experience sharing. Moreover, by offering participants access to online exchanges and learning, we can create more equal opportunities for quality education, enabling more people to benefit from the digital economy.”

From October to December, thousands of undergraduate students are expected to participate in the competition, which is being held virtually for the first time due to physical distancing measures. Four universities in Kuwait are participating this year including Australian College of Kuwait (ACK), Kuwait College of Science and Technology (KCST), Arab Open University (AoU), and American University of Kuwait (AUK).

The competition promotes creativity amongst students by acting as a bridge between the classroom and the workforce, enhancing students’ future employment opportunities. The training and competition tracks for this year—held under the theme “Connection, Glory, Future”—focus on advanced technologies such as 5G, AI, cloud computing, and data storage, facilitating connections between international talent. In addition to sharpening student’s own knowledge of these domains, the competition assists government authorities, colleges, and universities to identify and support the future leaders of ICT.

This year will also see the introduction of the Huawei Innovation Competition, held in parallel to the ICT Competition. It focuses on supporting undergraduate students and teachers in using innovative technologies such as AI, cloud computing, and big data to create valuable and meaningful applications for society. Huawei has invited universities and colleges across the Middle East to participate in the new Innovation Competition, with a total of ten teams to be selected for the regional final this year.  

Winners of the regional competitions will receive a certification, future learning opportunities, a USD$20,000 cash prize, and more.

Last year, over 255 students from across Kuwait applied for the Middle East ICT Competition from leading colleges and universities. The competition was supported by ministries, various ambassadors, and academic chancellors from some of Kuwait’s top-ranking universities. The team from Kuwait who competed in the ICT competition’s finals at Huawei’s headquarters in Shenzhen, China was acknowledged with an ‘Outstanding Performance’ recognition.

Registration for the Huawei Middle East ICT Competition 2020 is now open through this microsite