Over the next five years, Huawei aims to help 500 million people benefit from digital technology.
This is according to Ken Hu, Deputy Chairman of Huawei, who was speaking at the Huawei Connect 2019 Conference in Shanghai.
“Technology shouldn’t sit in an ivory tower. Instead, it should benefit all humanity. We firmly believe that digital technology will benefit every person, home, and organization,” said Hu.
Through its Tech4All programme, Huawei works with various NGOs and partners to help disadvantaged groups access technology in a way that improves their lives.
Tech4All breaks down into five key areas, said Hu:
- Vision – To bring digital to every person, home, and organisation
- Values – Help people across business and society get access to valuable technology for the first time in their lives
- Priorities – This is split into three key categories – Technology, Applications and Skills.
- Domains – Huawei has four key areas on which it focuses – Healthcare, Education, Development, and Environment.
- Five stands for helping 500 million people over the next five years.
Speakers from various Tech4All partners – including UNESCO and the WWF – highlighted examples of how Huawei is working with NGOs and other organisations to empower disadvantaged people.
- Track AI – This is technology that can be run on the Huawei P30 smartphone by non-trained professionals – such as parents – to identify children with visual disorders timeously. It achieves this by tracking small movements in the eye, allowing the app to identify patterns and diagnose visual impairments. Huawei envisions this technology benefiting 19 million visually impaired children around the world.
- DigiTruck – Which is a mobile digital classroom which will enable remote areas in Kenya to benefit from digital technology. The project is expected to train 7,000 teachers and community members in digital literacy, entrepreneurship, and online job opportunities within the first year of implementation – benefitting tens of thousands of students. UNESCO’s East Africa Office head, Ann Therese, announced that the organisation would be joining this initiative.
Hu also called on more individuals and organisations to join Huawei’s initiative of addressing global issues.
“Currently, we have just made the first small step. We welcome more people and organizations to join us.”