Huawei concludes ‘Seeds for the Future 2022’ program
published : 31 Aug 2022 at 09:50
Cultivating young digital talents in Thailand and ASEAN to shape the digital future
Huawei Technology (Thailand) Co., Ltd., in partnership with the ASEAN Foundation and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), concluded the ‘Seeds for the Future 2022’ program in Asia-Pacific with a closing ceremony in Thailand. Through competitions and hands-on training among young ICT talents, the program aims to address the digital talent gap in Thailand and the ASEAN region to support digital transformation. Huawei will continue to hold competitions among the winning teams from Singapore and global rounds to help enable new Asian startups to be successful on the global stage.
Attended by more than 120 students from 16 countries in the Asia-Pacific region, ‘Seeds for the Future 2022’ program was held in Thailand, at the ASEAN level for the first time. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) co-hosted the program to share meaningful and memorable travel experiences for the participants. They visited iconic sites in Bangkok such as the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha to experience Thai traditions and cultural values. The students also visited the United Nations regional centre, the Metaverse Expo, and the Huawei's office in Thailand. There were also art and cultural exchange activities to strengthen their relationship. This year, Thai students showcased local Thai food to students from other countries and participated in ‘Tech4Good’ competition to learn about technology and innovative digital power solutions, 5G, and cloud. The students also participated in experience sharing sessions from last year’s program’s alumni in Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan Province.
The official closing ceremony of ‘Seeds for the Future 2022’ program was held at the Grand Fortune Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand on Saturday, August 27, 2022. The winners were selected from seven teams from Cambodia, South Korea, Nepal, Bangladesh, Singapore and two other teams from the ASEAN Foundation while Thai students won ‘The best supporter’ award. The selected winning teams will join ‘Accelerator camp’ and visit famous destinations in Singapore from 29th August to 4th September 2022. Participants will have an opportunity to meet top executives and investors and continue the competition. The finalist will compete on the global stage in January 2023.
To address the digital skills gap in Thailand, Huawei Technologies (Thailand) Co., Ltd., the leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure, initiated ‘Seeds for the Future’ program in 2008 in Thailand. This program offers annual scholarships while gathering young ICT talents from leading universities to join academic camp and cultural exchange programs. The objective of the program is to find young talents and give them access to cutting-edge technologies to help them shape the digital future in their countries.
Pragya Mallick from Nepal, a fourth-year student, Bachelor's in Electrical and Electronics Engineering – Communication, Kathmandu University, said: “I was thrilled to join ‘Seeds for the Future’ program as the representative from Nepal. I was proud to be part of the team in this international program to gain insights from industry experts which was a unique experience. During the program, we visited iconic sites in Bangkok including Huawei's office where we learned about 5G, cloud, AI, and digital power solutions. We also participated in ‘Tech4Good’ competition to propose innovative solutions for social and environmental problems using smart technology. Huawei has given me so much to learn and look forward to.”
Dustin Connor Berry from Thailand, a third-year student, Multimedia and Entertainment Engineering, Bangkok University in Thailand said: “I want to thank Huawei for hosting APAC Seeds for the Future 2022. I got the chance to experience working with people from other universities and make new friends from other countries and it was the best feeling in my life. I am a changed person right now and this program has started other passions and goals for me.”
Dr. Chawapol Jariyawiroj. President of Huawei Technologies (Thailand) Co., Ltd., reiterated Huawei's commitment of the program: “Currently, ‘Seeds for the Future’ extends to 150 countries and regions around the world, reaching more than 120,000 students from more than 500 leading universities. This program was launched in Thailand in 2008 as part of Huawei’s help to accelerate digital transformation. We aim to address the digital skills gap by providing young talents with the latest ICT knowledge and information. We launched ‘Seeds for the Future’ 14 years ago to develop digital talents and close the skills gap by providing them with hands-on training. This program will help young digital talents and leaders unlock their full potential that will help develop various industries.”
He added: “‘Seeds for the Future 2022’ and ‘Tech4Good’ programs equip participants with 5G, cloud and AI fundamental knowledge. They will be provided with a variety of courses to help them understand ICT and application trends. This program will also cultivate leadership and teamwork skills through workshops, sharing sessions and competition between participating groups. Huawei Technologies (Thailand) Co., Ltd. continues to drive Thailand to be the first ‘Digital Hub’ of ASEAN. We are committed to helping digital talents advance their skills and building a sustainable digital ecosystem for the younger generations. In addition, the company aims to empower the telecommunications sector and digital community in Thailand.”
As the world is evolving, digital innovation and technology bring convenience and innovative services to our lives. While the digital future is merging with our physical reality, every country, including Thailand, must prepare young people for the digital age. Huawei, as the global leading ICT partners and digital transformation enabler, is committed to enhancing digital skills for younger generations and delivering innovative solutions through collaboration with government agencies and industrial partners, to make the world a better place. We are committed to bringing digital to every person, home, and organisation. Through the mission ‘Grow in Thailand, Contribute to Thailand’, Huawei will join strategic partners to reinforce its commitment to create a digital, clean and sustainable Thailand together.