Singapore played host to regional finals with Singapore's Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) as host partner, coinciding with Singapore's ASEAN chairmanship in 2018.
SAP and the ASEAN Foundation extend collaboration for 2019 to drive further social impact;
SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 25 October
2018 - The ASEAN Foundation and SAP today
held the regional finals of ASEAN Data Science Explorers (ADSE) in a face-off
that saw three student teams from Singapore, the Philippines and Vietnam emerge
top for their insights and data-driven solutions to solve the region's pressing
social issues. Singapore's Minister for Communications and Information S
Iswaran presided over the prize presentation ceremony.
Honorable guests and National Winners of ASEAN Data Science Explorers 2018
Minister for Communications and Information S Iswaran presenting the top prize to team Plan B of Singapore from NUS High School of Math and Science
with Singapore's ASEAN chairmanship in 2018, Singapore played host to the
competition, now in its second edition running. This year, the initiative
reached out to 5,000 youths across 175 institutes of higher learning in ASEAN
to increase their digital literacy and cultivate a greater sense of
responsibility and ownership of the region's future. They were having trainings
in SAP's Analytics Cloud software through a series of webinars and in-country
seminars, thereafter using their newly-acquired data skills to tackle six selected
United Nation Sustainable Development Goals. These are (1) good health and
well-being, (2) quality education, (3) gender equality, (4) decent work and
economic growth, (5) industry, innovation & infrastructure and (6)
sustainable cities and communities. Competition
entries tripled this year with 801 student teams from a wide
range of disciplines such as political science, engineering and architecture gleaning
actionable insights from data to come up with solutions that have an impact on
Team Plan B of Singapore, comprising Tay Kai
Jun and Madhumitha Ayyappan from NUS High School of Math and Science were
crowned the ASEAN champion today at the regional finals. Their winning project,
'From Slumming to Sustainability' aims
to galvanize ASEAN to transform slums into sustainable microcities.
Team Dimicrocambio of the Philippines,
comprising Jade Hizon and John Rusty Perena from the Nueva Ecija University of
Science and Technology emerged as the runner-up. Their project, 'Recalibrating educational gears through
entrepreneurship education' focuses on how entrepreneurship education can
empower students to turn their ideas into actions.
team Pangolin of Vietnam, comprising Nguyen
Van Thuan and Mai Thanh Tung from RMIT University Vietnam clinched third place
for their project 'Conquering the Waves
of Global Trade', which addresses the issue of disadvantaged trading due to
the disparity in sea transport capacity among ASEAN countries.
is one of the foundational cornerstones of ASEAN's integration and
socio-economic development blueprint. To this end, initiatives such as ASEAN
Data Science Explorers promotes greater cross-border interaction and mobility
across the region and equips our youths with critical skillsets needed to
thrive in an increasingly challenging and disruptive future," said Elaine Tan,
Executive Director of the ASEAN Foundation. "We are very encouraged by the
creativity and innovation displayed in the entries today, which is a strong testament
to the passion of ASEAN youths to aimfully create a better future for their
ASEAN Foundation and SAP Extend
Collaboration into 2019
ASEAN Foundation and SAP also inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to
extend their strategic collaboration into 2019, following the collaboration
over the past two years. The MoU aims to support the trainings for youths in
the skillsets as they join the workforce and equip them to potentially solve
societal and economic issues facing the region.
collaboration with the ASEAN Foundation over the past two years has yielded
exceedingly positive outcomes in promoting purpose-driven innovation. We are very
honored to play an integral part to help in upskilling the next generation
workforce and providing them with the foundational platform to start driving
social impact in their communities," said Claus Andresen, President and
Managing Director, SAP Southeast Asia. "2019 is shaping up to be the start of
another promising era and we look forward to deepening our collaboration to help
the world run better and improve lives."
ASEAN Data Science Explorers competition is a great initiative to strengthen
ICT skills and enhance youth employability within ASEAN," said Ms Adeline Lee,
Head of Executive Support Division of ASEAN Secretariat. "The participants gain
skills and insights valuable to launch their own professional careers,
contribute to the digital economy and be ready for the Industrial Revolution
4.0. and we are keen to support the continued expansion of such programs
through the ASEAN Foundation and SAP."
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About ASEAN Foundation
Three decades after ASEAN
was established, ASEAN leaders recognised that: there remained inadequate
shared prosperity, ASEAN awareness and contact among people of ASEAN. It was of
this concern that ASEAN leaders established ASEAN Foundation during ASEAN's
30th Anniversary Commemorative Summit in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on 15 December
1997. ASEAN Foundation is an organisation from and for the people of ASEAN. The
Foundation exists because of one vision: to build a cohesive and prosperous
ASEAN Community. As an ASEAN's body, the Foundation is tasked to support ASEAN
mainly in promoting awareness, identity, interaction and development of the
people of ASEAN. For more info about the ASEAN Foundation, visit: www.aseanfoundation.org
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