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AVIC International Unveils 7th Season of Africa Tech Challenge

The competition will run from July to November and feature participants from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana, Egypt, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Lynnet Okumu
Avic International has resumed Africa Technology Challenge (ATC) in seven countries after a two-year hiatus due to the Covid- 19 pandemic.

Construction giant AVIC International has announced the launch of the Africa Tech Challenge for young construction designers in six African countries.

The competition, which enters its seventh season after a two-year hiatus due to the Covid- 19 pandemic, will concentrate on the rapidly growing construction industry, particularly the design side of it, to increase design abilities by leveraging cutting-edge technological tools like ZWCAD. 

The theme of this year’s competition is limitless innovation, which emphasizes harnessing technology to push the boundaries of creativity.

Vocational institutions are expected to create four teams, with one instructor and three students under 24 years of age.

The Chinese construction giant says that 236 students from Kenya, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana, and Uganda will be enrolled for ATC Season 7, which will also focus on reading and drafting construction drawings.

“After a one-month training in construction engineering reading theory and construction drawing drafting, contestants from various countries will compete in a preliminary competition. One winning team from each nation will be chosen via the preliminary competition to compete in the final, and the top three individuals from each country will be awarded,” said AVIC.

Participants in the challenge will get fully financed scholarships to prestigious Chinese universities, with winners also awarded internships and job opportunities.

AVIC says this season’s training will be virtual using an AVIC Online Learning Platform.

During the programme, participants will be provided with Computer Aided Design (CAD) software. It will still be open to the African youth to ensure more young people can use it to learn in different fields after the competition.

In November, the final training, competition, and awards ceremony will take place in Kenya. 

AVIC is currently involved in infrastructure construction contracting and real estate in Kenya.

Its latest project is the Global Trade Centre, the most significant investment in Nairobi County, and its completion will result in more than 10,000 jobs. The GTC will also serve as the African headquarters for AVIC International.

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