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.”


KAEC to host this year’s MITEF startup contest

Updated 27 January 2020

KAEC to host this year’s MITEF startup contest

MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) Saudi Arabia, part of the MIT Enterprise Forum global network and partner of Bab Rizq Jameel, one of Community Jameel’s initiatives, announced a new collaboration with King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), whereby KAEC will be the strategic partner for the fourth edition of the MITEF Saudi Startup Competition.

Compared to previous editions, this year’s competition has witnessed remarkable progress in terms of the quality of entries. The total number of applicants since the launch of the competition in 2015 reached more than 6,000 participants, and 24 winning teams. This year’s edition attracted more than 1,500 participants. More than 320 local and Arab business experts and academics have participated in the judging process and the StartSmart conference in which winners are announced.

Ahmed bin Ibrahim Linjawi, CEO of KAEC, said: “This partnership reflects KAEC’s continuing efforts to promote the road map aimed at creating an attractive and stimulating environment that enables small and medium enterprises to raise their contribution to local production from 20 to 35 percent by 2030. Within this strategic partnership, we will work with the MIT Forum to strengthen the role of this vital sector in achieving the development goals as envisaged by the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, which emphasized the great role of entrepreneurs as the future economic power.”

Hussein Mohammed Jameel, managing director, Abdul Latif Jameel, said: “MITEF Saudi Arabia is proud of this constructive strategic partnership with KAEC, as part of the two sides’ efforts to provide a stimulating environment for business by supporting innovative initiatives and encouraging entrepreneurs in Saudi Arabia.”

He added: “In collaboration with Bab Rizq Jameel, the annual MITEF Saudi Startup Competition is the first-of-its-kind in Saudi Arabia. MITEF offers an invaluable opportunity to cultivate innovative projects into scalable initiatives, with teams comprising some of the most talented participants in the region. Supporting entrepreneurs is one of the tenets of Community Jameel’s vision and part of our country’s continuous efforts to motivate young entrepreneurs and their ideas to help build their career paths and achieve excellence. Youth is the key element in enhancing the Saudi startup environment and promoting the Kingdom’s economic standing worldwide.”

A judging panel of 46 business experts and academics from all over the world assessed more than 560 entries represented by 1,680 entrepreneurs in the light of the competition’s criteria, namely creativity, potential to expand beyond local markets, and making a positive impact on society.

The winners will be named at the StartSmart Conference on March 7 and will receive cash awards worth SR325,000 ($86,640).