Vienna (OTS) – With the annual “Seeds for the Future” program, Huawei presented a variety of courses on topics such as digitalization, leadership and, for the first time, entrepreneurship for the ninth time.
This year, Huawei Austria once again organized the popular “Seeds for the Future” program for local young talents: an exciting educational trip – virtual and on site – to the traditional country of China and also in Austria. Interesting lectures met exclusive insights and keynotes on future topics such as 5G, AI and leadership. From September 15th to 25th, twelve participants from different universities and technical colleges in Austria, including the University of Vienna, TU Vienna, TU Graz, University of Klagenfurt, FH St. Pölten and FH Upper Austria, were able to expand their knowledge and learn in online courses network with each other through mutual exchange.
Starting shot in Vienna City Hall
The big kick-off event on September 15th in Vienna was the starting signal for this year’s program with the celebratory ceremony in the Vienna City Hall, Chinese food and a China workshop by the Confucius Institute at the University of Vienna. Dr. Michael Ludwig, Governor and Mayor of the City of Vienna at the opening in the town hall:
“The Huawei ‘Seeds for the Future’ program provides an excellent opportunity to share innovative ideas, exchange knowledge and shape the future of the technology industry. The Vienna City Hall is happy to open its doors to students and offers a platform on which they can present their skills and ideas. This is not only an opportunity for the participants to gain valuable insights into the ICT industry, but also for the city of Vienna to benefit from the fresh perspectives of young talent.”
Fit for the future with 5G and AI
The Austrian livestream lectures started with Margit Kropik, managing director of the Forum Mobilkommunikation (FMK), who shared her current knowledge on the topic of 5G with the students:
“Since entering the Austrian market, Huawei has been creating important innovations for mobile communications as a critical infrastructure. The nationwide rollout of 5G would have been an even greater challenge, both technically and economically, at the speed required by the regulator without Huawei’s solutions. With the intercultural ‘Seeds for the Future’ program for students, Huawei rounds off its contribution to Austria beyond ‘dry’ technology.”explains Kropik.
Where do I actually stand with my digital competence and how “fit” am I when it comes to digital technologies such as data science and AI? Answers to this were provided in the online session by Valerie Michaelis, deputy general secretary of fit4internet, a platform for increasing digital skills in Austria:
“Digitization and associated innovations such as artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain or Internet of Things (IoT) and robotics have become enormously important in recent years. Their influence on everyday professional and private life has become indispensable and they require us as users to continually learn in order to be able to participate safely and competently in today’s (and tomorrow’s) developments. Therefore, general digital knowledge is also essential in these new technologies such as AI in order to be able to deal with the many opportunities of our digitalized world in a self-determined and reflective manner.”
The subsequent session “Future with AI” with AI expert Clemens Wasner, co-founder of AI Austria and CEO of the startup enliteAI, discussed the background of AI applications and how they will fundamentally change our future.
“AI is THE key technology of our time, with far-reaching effects on our lives – from work and leisure to securing our economic location. “It is all the more important that students deal with AI today, gain their first practical experience and thus help shape our common future.”so Wasner.
“It was a good decision to apply for this program because I benefited a lot from it,” emphasizes Jennifer Ye, one of this year’s program graduates and a student at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria. “Firstly, I met students from other universities and tried Chinese calligraphy. Secondly, I gained insight into the current and future state of ICT. Thirdly, I learned from a lecture that we are not far from having space as a regular market sector.”says Ye, describing the varied program.
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