These days, Seeds for the Future 2024, the 11th edition of the project organized and funded by Huawei, is taking place in Rome, during which ample space is devoted to the international Tech4Good program, a group project work designed so that students can better understand the role played by technology in solving complex global problems.

The initiative is taking place for the first time in Europe – previous editions have always been held in China – and is involving about 150 students, including 24 from Italy, from July 1 to 5. The program offers a pathway on technology and innovation and aims to promote merit and excellence among young people in the ICT sector, focusing not only on educational aspects but also on concrete application in the industrial world.

The training also has a section dedicated to competition: part of each day is devoted to the project starting with the identification of a problem and ending with the proposal of a technological solution and the development of a plan for its implementation.

The students, divided into groups, are guided by dedicated mentors who help them acquire the necessary skills to develop their idea and present it effectively, assess the feasibility of their project and follow its execution step by step. Afterwards, the two European finalist groups will have the opportunity to participate in the global competition to be held in China in 2025 (TBD). The three global finalist groups will then have access to prizes and additional advanced coaching sessions with industry experts.

On Friday, July 5, the final day of the project, there will be a presentation of the Tech4Good semi-finalist projects, followed in the early evening by the award ceremony for the finalist projects and the most outstanding students.

Seeds for the Future is Huawei’s main global CSR program. Launched in 2008, it aims to develop local ICT talent, improve technology knowledge sharing and promote greater interest in the digital technology sector. To date, Seeds for the Future has involved 140 countries and seen the participation of more than 18,000 students. In Europe, the program was launched in 2011 and, to date, has involved more than 6,000 students from 37 countries.

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