Global ICT provider Huawei yesterday hosted the 11th edition of its “Seeds for the Future” programme in Singapore. In conjunction with the programme, Huawei opened a “Tech to Build Your Career” seminar at Singapore University of Technology and Design – a seminar aimed at helping participants learn about the future of tech careers and foster entrepreneurship.
The seminar is a key component of the “Seeds for the Future Accelerator Camp”, which started from 29 August and will last until 2 September in Singapore.
Seeds for the Future is the global flagship corporate social responsibility project run by Huawei since 2008. Aiming to inspire the next generation of leaders through technological innovation and cross-cultural exchange, the programme has attracted more than 12,000 students from 137 countries and regions over the past 14 years. As of 2022, Huawei has trained a total of 203 participants in Singapore under the programme.
The Asia-Pacific Seeds for the Future programme 2022 was first kicked off in Bangkok on 19 August. During the nine-day digital boot camp, 120 students from 16 countries across Asia-Pacific region enjoyed a cross-cultural digital journey in Thailand. Thirty-three among 120 were selected for the Acceleration Camp. During their stay in Singapore, they will be guided by entrepreneurial leaders from various tech sectors, who will inspire them to consider the practicability and realisation of their ideas.
“As part of Huawei’s Seeds for the Future programme, the Tech to Build Your Career seminar will connect the next-gen leaders from other ASEAN countries with top talents in Singapore and bring together great minds across the ecosystem to discuss, share and inspire ideas of innovation,” said Charles Cheng, Managing Director of Huawei International. “We believe that our collective effort will contribute to a more sustainable and progressive Singapore, and help the nation build a world-class talent pool in the long-term.”
The Tech to Build Your Career seminar began with opening remarks from Professor Low Hong Yee, Head of Pillar – Designate, Associate Professor and Director of the Digital Manufacturing and Design Centre at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. In her speech, she identified potential opportunities and risks that the new era posed, while addressing how students could prepare for the upcoming challenges and bring their ideas from ideation to realisation.
The seminar culminated in a panel discussion that covered an array of topics ranging from entrepreneurship in the digital future to community creation in the digital era. It brought together a group of distinguished homegrown entrepreneurs, including Zack Yang, Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of FOMO Pay, Elroy Cheo, Co-Founder of ARC Community, and Vivian Lim, Co-founder and CEO of The Idea Co, Lead Curator and licence holder for TEDx Singapore.
The panellists shared their personal experiences on finding the right career path for themselves and how technology such as the future development and application of blockchain technology, and tech-enhanced community building, have played an important role in their self-discovery journey. They also provided an outlook of what the technology industry would look like and industry insights on which fields they foresee as being suitable for young talents to pursue.
The seminar closed with “Tech4Good” presentations, with participants invited to present their solutions and ideas. Tech4Good is a competition designed to help young adults learn about the latest trends in digitalisation and explore how digital technologies can address common social issues. Upon completion of the presentations, participants were given additional feedback and suggestions on how to strengthen their ideas.
The winning team in the Huawei Asia Pacific Seeds for the Future Tech4Good Competition will be announced at the awards ceremony for the Seeds for the Future Accelerator Camp in September. The winning team, as one of the Top 10 finalists, will continue their journey in the Huawei Seeds for the Future Tech4Good Global Competition next January.