A Kenyan team of six comprising of three students from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), emerged second in the recently concluded Huawei’s Sub-Saharan Africa ICT competition, trumping competitors from a host of top-notch universities spread across 11 African Countries.
The competition covered the latest ICT technologies, such as cloud computing, artificial intelligence, configuration of equipment, mobile networks and big data.
The six students were selected to represent Kenya after trouncing over 4000 students from local universities in a preliminary boot camp and final examination, which focused on managing skills and ability of small and enterprise networks.
Among the African countries which were represented in the competition included Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania, Angola, South Africa, Mozambique, Zambia, Botswana and Mauritius.
Zipporah Wachira, George Oyoo Onyango and Evans Kiprotich all bagged Huawei gadgets, a trophy and certificates of participation following their success in the competition.
Zipporah Wachira, a Second Year Telecommunication and Information Engineering undergraduate student and the only female ICT student from Kenya to proceed, hoped that her presence and success in the competition will be an encouragement to more women to take advantage of the free and available opportunity to interact, learn and share ideas with other like-minded women globally.
While thanking the University for providing the support and guidance throughout the competition, Wachira encouraged other students from JKUAT to actively participate in such initiatives saying JKUAT can only achieve global visibility through collective effort.
Evans Kiprotich, also a Second Year Telecommunication and Information Engineering undergraduate student, reveled in the opportunity of testing his ability against the best saying it was an opportunity to create meaningful networks globally while learning from the best.
“The competition brings a really good opportunity to me, definitely an eye-opener and great for my career. The regional finals were great and evenly matched by all teams, we did our best and came second,” said Kiprotich
Permanent Secretary (PS), State Department for Post Training and Skills Development, Alfred Cheruiyot, who attended the closing ceremony in South Africa, Sunday, March 10, 2019, commended Huawei for extensively partnering with the government and local tertiary institutions.
While congratulating the Kenyan team for making the country proud, the PS urged them to also “learn how to communicate and cooperate with each other, enhance mutual understanding, forge deep friendships and accumulate valuable experiences in order to lay a more solid foundation for your future careers”.
Nigeria and Tanzania tied for first place while Kenya and Angola tied for second. Both teams will head to the global finals in Shenzhen, China, May 24 -27, 2019. They will compete with 40 teams from around the world.