Huawei has announced its partnership with Makerere University’s College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology to promote local IT talent from the secondary school level.
Through the Science and Technology Innovation Challenge, Huawei will build an E-lab for the winning school and pay tuition fees for the winning students. The E-lab will seek to provide a richer educational experience to students through exposure to high-end hands on technologies that facilitate appreciation of theoretical concepts aimed at addressing local needs.
Said Eric Yang, CEO Huawei Uganda Representative office: “The future of emerging economies like Uganda lies in the effective nurturing of innovative young minds toward acquiring the requisite technical competence and skill in fields relevant to economic, social and technological development.”
Uganda’s permanent secretary for Information and Communication Technology Dr Jimmy Patrick Samanya said that the challenge stimulates an active interest in Science and Technology amongst the secondary school students who are on the way to pursuing related careers and contributing to future ground-breaking innovations.
“The competition will assist in providing innovative solutions that can be used to further improve service delivery by government, as well as create a channel for entrepreneurs with innovative ideas to be supported to commercialize their ideas,” said Dr Samanya.
The challenge, which is being overseen by the ilabs@mak project, seeks to identify gifted students in computer programming. The competition has been going on since February has attracted many secondary schools from which the 7 finalists were drawn from various regions to compete in the grand challenge. It involved the Robotics Challenge, focusing on assembly and programming of real-life robotics to undertake meaningful tasks and the Mobile Phone Challenge, involving disassembling and re-assembly of a mobile phone.