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Monday, August 22, 2022

120 Students From APAC Region Joins Huawei Seeds for the Future Digital Bootcamp in Thailand

Huawei formally opened its Asia Pacific Seeds for the Future 2022 program that brings together 120 outstanding students from 16 countries across the Asia Pacific region for a 9-day digital bootcamp in Thailand. The bootcamp which is from August 19-27, has 10 student delegates from the Philippines who will not only learn but will also demonstrate their digital prowess. 

The opening ceremony was attended by both local government officials and representatives of multiply international organizations. They highlighted the important role multi-party collaboration plays in creative a solid foundation for the region's digital talent ecosystem. 

"The private sector can play a pioneering role in realizing this vision," said H.E. Dato Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary-General of ASEAN. "In this regard, I commend Huawei Asia Pacific's initiative: Seeds for the Future Program. This project underscores the long-term commitment of Huawei to collaborate and prepare the ASEAN youth for the changing world of work and industry's demands. I hope that such efforts could also be extended to the other ASEAN Member States." 

"The growth of ASEAN Digital Economy is entirely dependent on the capability of the region's young people to participate in it. To nurture a generation of digitally savvy and innovative problem solvers, it is pivotal for stakeholders of ASEAN to create a robust learning ecosystem that allows our youth to advance their digital skills," said Executive Director of ASEAN Foundation, Dr. Yang Mee Eng.

Director for the ICT Industry Development Bureau of DICT in the Philippines, Emmy Lou Delfin's message, "Thank you to Huawei for this partnership with the DICT in developing Filipino youth to become entrepreneurs through ICT. Huawei Seeds for the Future program is so timely and relevant especially for our college students. Getting the right skills and training builds for a brighter future. Just as your tagline says- inspiring talents to shape the future."

During the 9-day digital bootcamp, the participants will immerse themselves in technologies and cross-cultral experiences, and propose technical solutions to address social problems through Tech4Good projects. 56 of the 120 delegates this year are women, making the 2022 cohort the most gender-balanced in the region since the program started years ago. 

APAC Seeds for the Future 2022 is not only about knowledge learning but also about how to transform ideas into initiatives and projects that will provide a decent, quality, and happy life for all. Deputy Minister of Education of Thailand Khunying Kalaya Sophonpanich agreed that "The Seeds for the Future program is important for students interested in ICT and digital technologies as it fills the gap between theory and practice. The Ministry of Education envisions a greater focus on morals and ethics, whereas education should also emphasize digital skills. This is regarded as the most significant development in the Thai education sector, boosting the quality of education in all forms, to advance education to a global level."

"The 'seeds' represent hope, passion, and future," said Simon Lim, President of Huawei APAC. "As the corporate-level flagship CSR project with the longest history, this program has been brought to nearly 140 countries and regions, reaching over 12,000 students from 500 universities. The 'Seeds' have grown to a global 'forest'. Digitalization is the driving force for our future. Talent is the key to digital transformation and sustainable growth. We deeply believe that the young generation will grow as the constructors of Asia Pacific when pursuing their tech-dreams."

The opening ceremony was ended wit 16 Seeds delegates performing- "Dream It Possible," together in their own languages. 

Aside from learning cutting-edge technologies like 5G, AI, and cloud computing from industry-leading experts, the delegates would also embark on a cultural journey that include visit to the U.N. Regional Hub in Bangkok, the Metaverse Expo, and the Grand Palace. 

The delegates are expected to team up and create a "Tech4Good" pitch where they will share their visions for a better digital world. The winning teams will be given a place in an accelerator camp in Singapore that will be held from August 29 to September 4. This camp will give them the opportunity to meet top-notch entrepreneurs and investors and further develop their initiatives and bring their ideas to the market. 

Seeds for the Future is Huawei's flagship Corporate Social Responsibility program that brings together young talent from top universities around the world. Huawei Philippines launched the program in 2015 to inspire ICT talent and encourage them to tackle social challenges with digital solutions. As of the end of 2021, the program had been reaching over 200 students from over 30 universities in the country.


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