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Three Tanzanian College Students Won First Prize in Huawei's Sub-Sahara Africa ICT Competition

Three Tanzanian college students won the first prize in this year's sub-Saharan Africa finals of Huawei's Global Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Competition held in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 8 to 10 March 2019.

The three students are Mr. Emanuel Lucas Chaula from University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), Mr. Yusuph Hamisi from Open University, and Mr. Joakim Kelvin Ngatunga from University of Dodoma. All of them are undergraduate students majoring in ICT-related subjects. The team is supervised by Mr. Oscar Mashauri, a lecturer in UDSM.


The Tanzanian team members were warmly welcomed by Huawei Tanzania Company staff at the Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam on 11 March 2019


The competition covered latest ICT technologies such as cloud computing, artificial intelligence, mobile networks and big data. Nearly 30,000 students from over 100 universities in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Angola, South Africa, Mozambique, Zambia, Botswana and Mauritius participated in the competition.




Group photo of the four winning teams taken in Johannesburg, South Africa on 10 March 2019

Mr. Emanuel Chaula was overjoyed that his team emerged as one of the two winning teams (the other team comes from Nigeria). He said, "We worked hard as a team because we wanted to seize the opportunity to travel to China in order to compete in the global finals. We really want to show Africa and the world that Tanzania is an up and coming ICT player and we want to be part of that growth in our country. We will study and practice for the finals in China as we are going there to win." 


Together with the second prize winners, six college students from Angola and Kenya, the four teams will travel to China this May for the global finals, which will be held in Shenzhen, the city where Huawei headquarters is located. By then, they will compete with around 40 teams from other parts of the world for global championship.


The Huawei ICT Competition is a worldwide ICT talent competition and exchange event, participants of which come from Huawei authorized information and network technology colleges, the so-called Huawei ICT academies, and related universities. Since the first Huawei ICT Contest held in 2015, the number of participants in the competition has grown exponentially and has become one of the largest ICT events in the world. The 2018/19 event has attracted more than 1,000 universities in 50-odd countries around the world under the theme of "Connection, Glory and Future". The total number of students participating in this year's event is around 80,000, among which over 28,000 come from sub-Sahara Africa.



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