LG Electronics Holds The Global Disabled Youth IT Challenge In Abu Dhabi, UAE
LG Electronics Holds The Global Disabled Youth IT Challenge In Abu Dhabi, UAE
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  • 승인 2023.10.30 15:00
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▶Communication Through IT Beyond Disabilities And Borders
LG Electronics Holds The Global Disabled Youth IT Challenge In Abu Dhabi, UAE

LG Electronics (LG) hosted the finals of the 2023 Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities (GITC) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, from October 24-28. The successful event, held offline for the first time in four years, saw 461 youth with disabilities from 18 countries compete in six diverse IT challenges.
The challenges included:
▶The two-part eTool challenge tests participants’ skills in creating presentation slides and utilizing spreadsheets.
▶The eLifeMap challenge assesses one’s ability to conduct text and image searches online.
▶The eContent challenge is an evaluation of video production and editing capabilities.
▶The eCreative challenge is for tasking entrants with coding a self-driving car program and developing an idea for a technology that improves the quality of life for persons with disabilities.
Established in 2011 to help young people with disabilities become more proficient in information and communication technologies (ICT) and support them to develop the confidence and practical tools needed to fully engage in society, the 2023 GITC was hosted by LG Corporation, South Korea’s Ministry of Health and Welfare as well as the Government of Abu Dhabi, and organized by LG, Zayed Higher Organization, UAE and the GITC Organizing Committee.
To date, more than 5,000 youth with disabilities from 40 countries have taken part in GITC. The competition continues to serve as a springboard for youth with disabilities, with many former participants going on to careers in IT-related fields and other business areas.
Historically, most GITC participants have come from Asian countries, including South Korea, China, Vietnam, and Thailand. This year, however, GITC grew in diversity, hosting youth from countries in the Middle East and North Africa, such as Egypt and Kenya, for the first time.
After the rigorous five-day event, Muhammad Naazir Danesh from Malaysia was named the overall winner of the 2023 GITC. He scored high marks in all categories of this year’s GITC.

Muhammad Naazir Danesh from Malaysia, the overall winner of the 2023 GITC

 Despite having a severe physical disability, Muhammad Naazir Danesh has always been passionate about the IT field since childhood. Despite his challenges, he aims to become an IT specialist. Motivated by the recognition from this GITC, he is determined to work hard to accomplish his dream.
“My journey to becoming a global IT leader was paved by the invaluable contributions of those I’ve met,” said Muhammad Naazir Danesh. “This recognition is both an honor and a motivation to chase my greater dreams in the future.”
During the event, LG introduced the contestants to its Universal UP Kit in a dedicated exhibition space next to the competition venue. The kit, unveiled for the first time at IFA 2023, is a collection of innovative home appliance accessories and add-ons designed to make usage more accessible for everyone, regardless of gender, age, or disability. Those GITC competitors who experienced the Universal UP Kit in person were praised for LG’s innovative solutions.
In addition, the company set up a photo zone that includes the Life’s Good brand promise and even distributed branded goods that encompass LG’s brand philosophy and core values. GITC was the prime event to show the meaning of Life’s Good, with all the participants working hard to complete their challenges, even when faced with complex tasks. The company is hopeful that all GITC participants will continue to take on bold challenges and use optimism to overcome any difficulties they come across in the future.
A responsible global corporate citizen, LG will continue to empower youth with disabilities worldwide through supporting initiatives such as GITC. “GITC is the perfect platform for young people with disabilities seeking to communicate with the world through IT, transcending barriers in terms of ability, religion, and nationality,” said Yoon Dae-sik, senior vice president of External Relations at LG Electronics. “We will continue to support youth with disabilities through GITC and encourage them to continue pursuing their dreams.”

The link to the Korean version of this article is below.

▷LG전자, UAE 아부다비서 글로벌장애청소년IT챌린지 본선전 개최...“장애와 국경 넘어 IT로 소통” 

By_BK Min, KDFN kdf@kdfnews.com


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