Five students from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) are set to travel to China to participate in the Global Huawei ICT Competition slated for May 22-26, 2023.
Tyler Wanjiru Mercy will compete in the Cloud Track, Terence Omondi Otieno will showcase his skills in the Network Track, while Anne Kariithi Wanjiku, David Rodney Osodo, and Patrick Kisio Muema will compete in the Innovation Track with their invention, the Cardio Intelligent Monitoring System.
The Huawei ICT Competition targets students enrolled in Huawei ICT academies and those in higher education institutions worldwide who are interested in joining the ICT Academy. Since its launch, the competition has attracted over 12,000 Kenyan students from more than 40 universities and colleges. Globally, it has reached 82 countries, involving 150,000 students from over 2,000 universities and colleges.
Tyler, who secured third place in the Cloud category during the regional competition, expressed how the competition provided her with a healthy platform to compete and exchange ideas. She said the experience enhanced her ICT knowledge, practical skills and innovation abilities using new technologies and platforms.
Exuding confidence, Anne believes their team will give a good account of themselves in the global competition, noting that the inspiration behind their innovation was the gap between chronic heart condition patients and hospitals which motivated them to develop a solution based on tele-monitoring patients remotely by physicians.
“To bridge this gap, we found it essential to create a new, non-invasive, wireless technology for remote patient monitoring. Our Cardio Intelligent Monitoring System is a computer-based application that receives signals from ECG devices and analyzes ECG patterns. This helps physicians stay updated on their patient’s progress remotely,” explained Anne.
The team described their invention as a wearable device that is compact and comfortable for patients to wear. The user interface of the application is simple and easy to navigate, enabling both physicians and patients to use the product with minimal assistance.
Terence Omondi Otieno attests that his participation in the competition has provided him with valuable experience, a platform for networking and an opportunity to enhance his skills. He particularly highlights the hands-on experience gained as a significant benefit of his involvement in the competition.
While congratulating the students on qualifying for the global competition, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof. Robert Kinyua urged the students to put their best foot forward and fly the University’s flag high.
“The importance of such exposure prepares you for the job market and broadens your perspectives to the vast possibilities the world has to offer,” advised Prof. Kinyua.
Philip Oyier, one of the mentors to the students, expressed his pride in their ability, saying the students demonstrated not only exceptional training and preparation but also displayed remarkable performance throughout the practice and innovation competition.
“Their outstanding achievements serve as a testament to their passion and dedication to the ever-changing landscape of technology. Despite the numerous challenges posed by the competition, they overcame them with resilience and determination,” said Mr. Oyier who is also a Lecturer in the School of Computing and Information Technology.
Jonathan Mwai, an ICT Officer at JKUAT and one of the students’ mentors praised Huawei for effectively bridging the gap between industry and academia. He acknowledged that the competition provided the students with valuable exposure to new technologies that are relevant to the market. He was recently fated by Huawei as an Excellent ICT competition instructor under the Network Track.