Mount Kenya University student Daniel Apolo Ochola was among the 18 students who was representing Kenya in China during the Huawei ICT Competition 2023–2024 Global competition. This was the 8th Huawei ICT Competition held in Shenzhen, China from May 23-26.

His team of three (3) participants which was competing on the cloud track theme emerged third prize overall winner. View all winning categories

The Huawei ICT Competition is intended for students in Huawei ICT academies and those in higher education institutions that are willing to join the ICT Academy worldwide. Through this competition, Huawei aims to provide students with a platform to compete healthily and exchange ideas, thus enhancing their ICT knowledge and practical skills as well as increasing their ability to innovate by using new technologies and platforms. Since the first edition in 2015, the Huawei ICT Competition’s influence has only kept growing. The Huawei ICT Competition 2023–2024 has attracted more than 170,000 students from over 2,000 colleges and universities across over 80 countries and regions.

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Daniel Apolo {R} an MKU student with his team members after their presentation in China

Daniels’ testimonial

Traveling to Shenzhen, China for the Huawei ICT Talent Academy global finals has been an eye-opening experience for me. The city’s advanced civilization, characterized by its impressive road infrastructure and the disciplined, organized nature of its people, left me in awe. Our visits to Huawei’s exhibition halls were particularly inspiring, showcasing cutting-edge innovations like self-driving intelligent vehicle systems, generative AI, and advancements in the telecommunications industry, including super 5G technology. These experiences not only broadened my understanding of the latest technological trends but also reinforced my passion for IT.

Moreover, the opportunity to explore Shenzhen and interact with fellow competitors from around the world enriched my cultural perspective. Engaging with peers from Asian countries, South America, China, and fellow African nations such as Nigeria, Tunisia, Tanzania, and Uganda allowed us to share and appreciate diverse cultural values and practices. These interactions forged new friendships and professional connections, highlighting the universal language of technology that brings us all together. The entire journey has been a blend of professional growth, cultural exchange, and personal development, making it a truly unforgettable experience.

Adding to the excitement, my team managed to secure the third prize in the competition. This achievement was a testament to our hard work and the unwavering support we received from both Huawei and  our Universities, particularly my university Mount Kenya University. The intensive training sessions provided by Huawei, coupled with the constant encouragement from our university, played a crucial role in our success. Additionally, our teamwork and collaboration were pivotal; working closely with Ian Omwenga and Mark Omaiko both from Machakos university, we were able to leverage each other’s strengths and overcome challenges together. This collective effort not only validated our dedication but also highlighted the importance of a strong support system and effective teamwork in achieving our goals.

Im definitely very grateful for the University’s support in terms of the facilitations and the lots of encouragements towards the global final competition 

Daniel Apolo Ochola.