Team Namibia was crowned the global Champion of the 3rd Seeds for the Future Tech4Good Global Competition. The team’s winning submission was an AI-powered teaching solution called YYeni AI that caters to the needs of every student.
YYeni AI provides personalized tutoring to individual students in large classes. The app uses AI algorithms to guide students through their coursework and shows their progress in real time. This greatly improves the learning experience of students even when teaching resources are scarce.
The Second and Third Prizes in this year’s Competition went to Team Uzbekistan’s Aquatibia Solution and Team Germany’s TraceWaters Solution, respectively. Team Uzbekistan was also named Champion of the Tech4Good Middle East and Central Asia Regional Competition in September 2023.
The Tech4Good Global Competition encourages students to look at sustainable development challenges facing their communities, and use their ICT knowledge and skills to create commercially-viable solutions. In 2023, 152 teams from 74 countries and regions participated in the competition, 70% more than in 2022. A People’s Choice Award was also bestowed this year on the basis of public voting. The total number of votes received was nearly 300,000, with Team Brazil and Team Uzbekistan came out on top.
Jaimee Stuart, Senior Researcher at the United Nations University Institute in Macau, praised the finalists of this year’s competition. “Technology can effectively solve pressing global challenges, especially those related to sustainable development,” she said. “The students’ solutions have shown a really innovative perspective on addressing both social development requirements and market needs.”
Jeff Wang, President of Huawei’s Public Affairs and Communications Dept, attended the awards ceremony virtually via an innovative, highly-realistic avatar technology. Huawei Cloud’s MetaStudio digital content production pipeline orchestrated the demonstration by training the Pangu Virtual Human Model with Wang’s image and voice data.
Wang called this year’s participants the backbone of our future digital society and praised their obvious passion for using digital technology to promote social inclusion. He noted that that their solutions were designed to address a number of sustainability and social issues, from natural resource protection and cancer diagnosis to education equity and sign language translation. Wang also announced that the top three teams and winners of the People’s Choice Award will be invited to participate in a Seeds for the Future digital tour to China in 2024.