Huawei Developer Congress gathers experts, partners

During the three-day event, 600 technical experts from Huawei met with nearly 6,000 worldwide developers and partners.
Updated 11 August 2019

Huawei Developer Congress gathers experts, partners

At Huawei’s Songshan Lake Base in Dongguan, China, the Huawei Developer Conference (HDC) took place from Aug. 9 to 11th. During the three-day event, 600 technical experts from Huawei met with nearly 6,000 worldwide developers and partners to discuss the latest key distributed technologies and global ecosystem development under the theme of “Rethink the Possibilities.” The aim of this event was to explore a future-oriented smart ecosystem based on all-scenarios intelligence that delivers ultimate experience to every user.

In 2010, while still a newbie in the handset market, Huawei shipped 3 million mobile phones. However, eight years on, the number has increased by 68 times. In 2019 H1, Huawei reportedly sold 118 million smartphones, a year-on-year increase of 24 percent and making up 17.6 percent of the global smartphone market, according to IDC. This surge is not just exclusive to handsets, and shipments of Huawei tablets, PCs, and wearable devices have also witnessed rapid growth, causing business to span across 170 countries and 530 million users. Today, the Huawei HiAI open platform has more than 2,500 partners and over 140 million IoT devices worldwide support HiLink protocols.

To demonstrate its software strength, Huawei showcased the new micro kernel-based distributed OS for all scenarios at this year’s HDC, HarmonyOS. This OS technology marks the dawn of the intelligent era in the Internet of Everything.

“The HarmonyOS connects everything and opens up a trillion-dollar market. HarmonyOS is not just for today and tomorrow, but is the catalyst for all technology in the future,” said Yu Chengdong, CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business. “Huawei is dedicated to innovating our underlying technologies, including chips and OS, and tackling common pain points, all with the goal of helping our customers and developers.” HarmonyOS is an open-source OS, and further, Huawei will fully open its Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) to global developers, allowing them to quickly access the HMS ecosystem for resource sharing.

At the launch event, Huawei released two operating systems. One is the new micro kernel-based distributed all-scenario operating system of HarmonyOS, which will first deploy on intelligent terminals such as Huawei Vision, vehicle terminals, and wearables. In the future, more intelligent devices will run on the open-source HarmonyOS. The other OS is the Android-based EMUI10, which is designed for Huawei smartphones and tablets.

At the HDC, Huawei also showcased some innovative technologies, such as using space computing algorithms and AI identification technologies to build Cyberverse services that integrate virtual and real worlds to deliver superior visual experience. 

“We will build ecosystems and attract partners,” said Chengdong, “What we announced and demonstrated at this year’s Huawei Developer Conference will lay a solid foundation for executing our all-scenario intelligent life strategy in the next 5 to 10 years.”


LuLu to fly 12 students from Kingdom to NASA

Updated 23 January 2020

LuLu to fly 12 students from Kingdom to NASA

LuLu, the largest hypermarket chain in the Middle East, awarded a total of 12 young students of different nationalities from Saudi Arabia, India, Philippines, and Egypt, a chance to visit the NASA center in the US.
LuLu’s back-to-school promotion called “Fly to NASA” was held in partnership with Almarai. The hypermarket hosted a competition last September in search of students who are science and space knowledge enthusiasts to experience and visit the NASA center in Huntsville, Alabama.
Shehim Mohammed, LuLu Hypermarket director of Saudi Arabia, said: “We are glad to finally announce the winners of this innovative campaign, which is a first and the most unique among our activations over the years of operating in the region. Thank you to our partner Almarai for joining hands with us in this exciting promotion. This is the first time that LuLu will lead a great opportunity to children who have the high potential to grow and learn more while having fun through science.”
Winners include: Abrez Hussain, Mohammed Ahmed, Rayyan Abdul Aziz, Naif Saad Altwaim, Osama Al-Harbi, Hugh Matthew, Khalid Abdul Aziz, Munther Mohammed Qasim Abujazar, Ahmad Gahwagy, Ahmed Khalaf, Hamza Ladha and Asif Rijo.
“Fly to NASA” winners will get to enjoy and experience a one-week trip, which will include five days of fun and learning at NASA’s Space Camp. The selection process involved two phases — first was the preliminary online registration, while the final stage featured a live quiz to obtain the top 12 winners. Students aged 9 to 18 years were encouraged to register and join the online activation.
With 185 stores operating worldwide, LuLu is the fastest growing retail chain across 10 countries, which include the GCC, India, Egypt, Indonesia, and Malaysia. Founded in the early 1990s, it has successfully expanded to different parts of the world, garnering more than 1,600,000 shopping patrons everyday.
LuLu is one of the favorite shopping destinations in Saudi Arabia, where it offers a broad selection of international products. It is one of the Middle East’s top employers with its workforce numbering to 50,000.