The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Huawei Philippines (Huawei PH) to strengthen its partnership in enabling young innovators to become agents in advancing the country’s economy through entrepreneurship.

At the center of the cooperation are the Philippine Startup Challenge (PSC), and the Huawei Seeds for the Future Program, which are programs designed to encourage and support young ITpreneurs.

The PSC is a national startup competition aimed at encouraging college students to create innovative solutions to real-life problems through Information and Communications Technology (ICT). The DICT-Huawei PH partnership identifies top PSC participants that can become part of the Seeds for the Future Program – a two-week college undergraduate study program to be held in China intended to equip participants with ICT-based skills and knowledge that they can use to empower their communities.

“Huawei Seeds for the Future program is designed to help bridge the gap between ICT instructions in universities and the practical knowledge and skills needed in the workplace. The students gain valuable experience that will prepare them to face the increasingly competitive international market. By partnering with DICT, we are able to reach more students and open doors of opportunities” said Mr. Zhang

Team e-Pursuers, the winners of the 4th PSC, was selected to participate in the Seeds of the Future Program in October. The team members, Mariah Nicole Perez de Tagle, Daniella Javilles, and Annie Marrise Insong, will be exposed to the latest technology trends that will enable them to further improve their startup.

“Huawei PH has been supporting our young entrepreneurs since 2015. We have been very grateful for Huawei’s commitment to help us with our mission to create a nation of innovators,” shares Ms. Emmy Lou V. Delfin

DICT organized the Fourth Philippine Startup Challenge in partnership with the Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA), Ideaspace Foundation Inc., Launchgarage, and Philippine Society of IT Educators (PSITE).

 

About DICT – The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is the primary policy, planning, coordinating, implementing, and administrative entity of the Executive Branch of the government that plans, develops, and promotes the national ICT development agenda.

About HUAWEI – Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Driven by customer-centric innovation and open partnership, Huawei has established an end-to-end ICT solutions portfolio that gives customers competitive advantages in telecoms and enterprise networks, devices and cloud computing. Huawei’s 170,000 employees worldwide are committed to creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers. Our innovative ICT solutions, products and services have been deployed in over 170 countries and regions, serving more than one third of the world’s population. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully owned by its employees.