Monday, 21 November 2022 01:42

Semillas para el Futuro for Huawei: Sowing valuable knowledge in the future leaders of Latin America

Written by Evelyn Alas

In Latin America and the Caribbean, approximately 200 million people do not have access to basic digital infrastructure, in addition to this, more than a third of households in Latin America still do not have an internet connection and the region continues to lag behind other economies, according to World Bank data.

It is of vital importance to contribute effectively to the development of the digital ecosystem and HUAWEI with its Semillas para el Futuro program is aimed at transmitting valuable knowledge to future leaders of the region in this digitized era, through training on issues of innovation, technology and leadership, thus developing technical and soft skills in the professionals of the future.

Semillas para el Futuro is Huawei's flagship global Corporate Social Responsibility initiative, which aims to provide cutting-edge ICT and career-related knowledge to university students.

Students who enrolled in the 2022 edition were trained for eight consecutive days through virtual and face-to-face seminars in their home country on technological innovation topics, entry-level and advanced courses on key 5G technologies, cloud computing and Artificial Intelligence, among others. In addition, within the same program they participated in the "Tech4Good" project which consisted of choosing a topic of interest, researching the problem, analyzing solutions and creating an action plan.

The winning students of the 2022 edition of the program had the opportunity to travel to Panama for a regional integration, where young people from Panama, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Venezuela received training from professors from Tecnológico de Monterrey and experts from the Latin American region.

The integration of students is an experience that helps to enrich knowledge and share experiences, Gianfranco Ravelli Goncalves, student from Venezuela said: "I thought it was a great experience, everything we have learned about leadership, management and innovation helps us to continue advancing as people and bring out the potential to develop better as students and professionals".


Fernando Giro, fourth year student of electronic engineering at the Universidad Tecnológica of Panama, expressed his satisfaction of participating in the Semillas para el Futuro program because it has helped him to have the necessary tools to know how to expose his ideas in his projects and be successful.

Kevin Martínez, a student from El Salvador, who won first place in his country, said he was thrilled to have the opportunity to enrich his knowledge with students from all over the region and above all to learn about leadership development, an essential topic for today's and tomorrow's professionals.

ICT education continues to be one of the key strategies to reduce the digital divide in Latin America, and has directly supported the economic reactivation and technological development of the country. For this reason, Semillas del Futuro aims to empower young people throughout the region to inspire the next generation of leaders through technology to overcome the challenges of the future.

Joaquín Saldaña, Marketing Director of HUAWEI reiterated the importance of developing digital skills in the Latin American population and the development of a digital ecosystem: "this type of program seeks to contribute to that development, because in the future will require people who can manage the digital infrastructure, entrepreneurs who use that ecosystem to provide existing services and new services and that we have in the region part of that digital economy that is developing globally".

Likewise, the Administrador General de la Autoridad Nacional para la Innovación Gubernamental (AIG), Luis Ricardo Oliva, was in charge of giving a motivational talk to the 22 students of this integration, and emphasized, "It is important that these programs are linked to universities and higher institutes so that we can rely on the experience that companies provide to achieve much better prepared students".

Romina Kasman, specialist and Head of Education of the UNESCO Cluster Office emphasized: "This project is a contribution to the learning of digital skills and represents an opportunity for young people who are working on these issues to deepen their education. The work HUAWEI is doing is key for young people because we need innovative leadership that can provide solutions to current problems with the resources we have".

Huawei has trained more than 500 students throughout Central America and the Caribbean, with its Semillas para el Futuro program, reaffirming its mission to provide educational opportunities for young people around the world, with the aim of providing the necessary tools to help the technological development of the region and help reduce the digital divide.