In 2018 year, the 5th anniversary edition of the "Seeds for the Future" competition organized by HUAWEI took place. The main prize was a two-week stay in China, during which six of the winners from Polish technical universities had the opportunity to learn about the rich culture of the Middle Kingdom and take part in a series of workshops conducted by HUAWEI specialists.
The "Seeds for the Future" programme has been run by HUAWEI since 2008 (in Poland since 2014) and covers 96 countries, engaging 20,000 students from over 280 universities worldwide. This year's edition was held under the honorary patronage of three ministries: the Ministry of Digitization, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education and the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology. The NASK research institute once again became the substantive patron of the event.
- Huawei, as a global leader in the ICT sector, tries to actively participate in the process of educating young talents. The aim of the competition "Seeds for the Future" is to support the most talented students of technical faculties, because they will contribute to the future development of this industry. We are glad that for the fifth time we were able to support ambitious young people and we hope that the next competitions will be equally engaging and valuable for the participants - says Marzena Śliz, Director of Public Affairs in Huawei Poland.
The winners of the competition spent their first week in Beijing, where they had the opportunity to see the most popular monuments of China, such as the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace or the Great Wall of China. In addition, the participants took part in cultural and language classes, where they learned the basics of Chinese language and calligraphy, and visited the university to integrate with their Chinese peers.
During the second week, students went to Shenzhen, the so-called Chinese Silicon Valley. It is the seat of many international IT and electronics companies, including HUAWEI. The participants of the competition took part in trainings and workshops conducted by HUAWEI specialists, where they could increase their theoretical and practical knowledge. The winners emphasize that it was particularly important for them to learn about the company's plans for such areas as: Cloud Computing, Big Data, IoT and 5G. Polish participants had the opportunity to take part in workshops together with students from Panama, Uruguay, Trinidad and Tobago, which allowed them to experience working in a very diverse team and break down cultural and language barriers in order to solve a given problem. The practical classes included, for example, the ability to set up their own 4G base station from scratch, which was then tested.