These two African techies floored over 15,400 entrants globally to win ICT competition

The duo floored the over 15,400 entrants to emerge as winners of the Cisco Networking Academy’s NetRiders competition.

Kenya’s Charles Mutua and Morocco’s Hamza Jebbour put Africa’s budding talent in innovation on the center stage when they emerged as winners of the Cisco Networking Academy’s NetRiders competition.

The duo floored over 15,400 entrants globally to win a Study Trip Prize to Cisco headquarters in San Jose, in January 2018. They were among 19 top contenders from Africa in the third round of the competition which saw the two excel to first and second place respectively.

Mutua is in his final year at the Kenyatta University where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Science’s Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. He is also a Cisco Networking Academy student where he has had loads of exposure that has prepared him for the 4th Industrial Revolution.

“My teachers at school always said I have an eye for solving problems in Mathematics and Physics and with the world today achieving scientific and technological advancements. Winning the competition has given me confidence that I can succeed in the field of Networking,” says Mutua on his NetRiders accolade.

Jebbour on the other hand is a 23-year-old IT Technician from Tetouan, Morocco who trained with the OFPPT Maroc- Network Engineering. This is the 3rd consecutive year where the NetRiders competition was won by an OFPPT students.

“The IT world is everything for me, every day I want to learn new technologies and new features. My goal is to master Networking and System Administration area,” says Jebbour.

The competition is part of Cisco’s CSR flagship programme, the Networking Academy (NetAcad) – launched in 1998, a global Cisco programme that offers IT skills and career building courses for learning institutions and individuals.

Over 9500 NetAcademies have been created so far in more than 170 countries, with more than six million students trained.


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