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Huawei Kenya launches UniTech talk for tech-savvy scholars

Thursday, August 27th, 2020 15:10 |
Huawei Kenya CEO, Mr Will Meng

Huawei Kenya has launched a program dubbed 'UniTech Talk', a regular lecture series for scholars and tech enthusiasts to share insights on the latest technologies and industry trends. 

During the pandemic, the new technology has been commended to play a critical role in minimizing disruptions to the economy and creating new opportunities for economic and social development.

Kenyans and businesses all across the country are using technology more than ever before which will help to jumpstart the digital economy in the country.

The UniTech Talk series will help to position the Kenyan ICT industry to take advantage of the latest technologies, providing more awareness, knowledge, and insights on where the opportunities are and the technical capabilities to grasp them.

During the inauguration presided over by Huawei Kenya CEO, Mr Will Meng, Huawei Kenya Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Mr. Steven Zheng gave a presentation on ICT Industry Trends and Insights. 

Mr. Zheng touched on how the ICT is helping fight the pandemic and stimulate economic recovery amongst different industries , the 5G network, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cloud, Edge Computing, and ecosystem development.

Up to 550 post and undergraduate students attended the lecture.

In his welcome remarks, Mr. Meng emphasized that: “Technology has greatly improved quality of life. We believe that better knowledge and skills are critical for Kenya to take advantage of the digital economy. We are increasing our investments in training Kenyans and we hope that the lecture will arouse participants' interest in ICT to develop and contribute more to Kenya.”

Zheng highlighted the opportunities new technologies can bring to different industries: “We believe that many industries are being completely transformed by technology and that this creates a huge opportunity for Kenya: transportation, manufacturing, energy and healthcare especially; we encourage businesses in Kenya to digitize fast and grasp new opportunities.”

Participants engaged in the discussion with many questions about 5G and great deal of appreciation taking dominance.

One student said: “We are looking forward to more talks, not only for 5G but also other technologies”. Another one remarked: “the lecture has been educating and engaging.” Another said: “This is really '👍' Huawei. Getting more presentations to enhance our knowledge is a good way of giving back to the community. Very grateful”.

Huawei Kenya will be making announcements of the incoming discussions and urged ICT students to sign-up for the 1-week 'Long Seeds for the Future' online training program in September organized together with the ICT Authority. Applications are currently open until August 29.

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