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MCIT Launches 3rd Edition of ICT Competition

Riyadh, Under the patronage of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), and organization of Huawei international, the third edition of ICT Competition was launched today at a ceremony attended by Chen Weiqing, Chinese Ambassador to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mark Xueman, Vice President of Huawei Technologies Co., Dennis Zhang CEO of Huawei Tech. Investment Saudi Arabia Co. Ltd, in addition to representatives from ICT commission, General Institution for Technological and Vocational Training and a number of Saudi universities.

The competition, which aligns with the ambitions of Vision 2030 and National ICT Strategy 2023, promotes innovation and creativity. Contestants are tested on their knowledge of cloud computing, switching, routing, and network security. In addition, the competition gets participants up-to-date with the latest technologies such as IoT, AI, Big Data and most importantly 5G, the future technology.

The competition comprises three stages: preliminary, national final and international final. The top teams will advance to the national final stage, which will take place in November 2019. The national winners of the competition will not only receive certificates, trophies, and prizes, but will also have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to China and gain insider access to a top global ICT company.

Dr. Ahmed Altheneyyan, Deputy Minister for Technology and Digital Capacities Development at MCIT, said: This initiative comes within the Ministry's strategic plans to qualify human capital in digital transformation as the main pillar and effective tool of development, through an integrated program to develop national cadres, disseminate digital knowledge and create a competitive environment that attracts and stimulates innovation and digital entrepreneurship, which will contribute to the growth of the ICT Sector.

Huawei's ICT Competition provides a platform that encourages and educates youth in the field of ICT, preparing them to further develop the sector in the Kingdom, thereby increasing its value and potential for the future of Saudi Arabia, he added.

Mark Xueman, Vice President of Huawei Technologies Co., said: Working with MCIT for the third edition of the Huawei ICT Competition in Saudi Arabia is an honor. We are proud to once more invite students to participate in this exciting competition, which offers valuable real-life experience opportunities, as well as the chance to win the prize of a lifetime working with Huawei's experts in our China headquarters.

In the 2018 edition of the competition, the team from Saudi Arabia won third place in the final round of the competition, which took place at Huawei's headquarters in Shenzhen, China, a great honor and a big boost for them to score more successes at the regional and international arenas.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

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