Filipino students make history with Grand Prize win at Huawei ICT Competition Global Finals

Students from the Philippines on Sunday, May 26, made history as the first team from the country to win the Grand Prize in the Huawei ICT Competition - Computing Track Global Final held in Shenzhen, China.

HISTORIC WIN. The team from iACADEMY won Grand Prize at Huawei ICT Competition - Computing Track Global Finals on May 26, 2024 in Shenzhen, China. (Photo iACADEMY)

iACADEMY, in a statement, announced this historic victory. "This remarkable achievement marks a significant milestone for both iACADEMY and the Philippines in the field of information and communication technology," it said.

The winning team consists of Nicholas Barilea, Ryan Caezar Itang, Justine Benedict Umali, and coaches Professor Jayson Viernes and Dean Kiko Napalit.

During the competition, the iACADEMY team showcased superior talent and innovation, outperforming teams from around the world in one of the most competitive contests of the Huawei ICT Competition to date.

"This win not only demonstrates iACADEMY’s remarkable level of innovation but also underscores the excellent quality and commitment that its students can deliver," the institution said.

Earlier this year, iACADEMY also made history by becoming the first Philippine team to win the Grand Prize in the Huawei ICT Competition — Computing Track APAC Region.

"Building on their regional success enabled the team to achieve at a global level too, further consolidating the institution’s position as one that drives academic excellence and invention," iACADEMY said.

The Huawei ICT Competition is known for providing a platform that tests the best minds in computing and information technology.

iACADEMY’s wins in the APAC and Global finals cemented its reputation for continuously building a legacy of excellence, critical thinking, and technical specialization among its learners.

For iACADEMY President Vanessa Tanco, being awarded the Grand Prize at both APAC and Global levels of the Huawei ICT Competition "further solidifies our reputation in delivering world-class education and preparing students to compete on a global level."

"I am incredibly proud of our students and faculty for everything they have done to achieve this win. This is their victory," she said. "We’re extremely proud of this feat and the recognition that it confers upon iACADEMY and the Philippines," she added.
For iACADEMY, the historic win not only celebrates the triumph of its talented students but also highlights the institution's unwavering commitment to excellence and innovation in education.

"As the first Philippine team to win the Grand Prize in the Huawei ICT Competition - Computing Track Global Finals, iACADEMY continues to set new standards and inspire future generations of ICT professionals," it added.

iACADEMY has two campuses in Makati and Cebu. It offers Senior High School and College programs centered on Computing, Business, and Design.