Applications are open for the annual ASEAN Data Science Explorers programme. This flagship programme aims to increase youth activism among students by increasing their information technology competencies.
Applications for 2019 Programme
The ASEAN Foundation and SAP are calling for applications for the ASEAN Data Science Explorers (ASEANDSE) 2019, targeted at tertiary students across all 10 ASEAN member states. This programme aims to harness the power of data to help solving the most pressing developmental issues in the region.
The ASEANDSE is a flagship programme rising from the collaboration between the ASEAN Foundation and SAP that aims to galvanise youth activism among students in ASEAN. The programme aims to increase youth activism by increasing their information technology competencies. As well as, transforming them into innovators who are capable of delivering data-driven recommendations and solutions that help contribute to the achievement of ASEAN Community’s goals.
The initiative integrates 2 key activities, which are a series of enablement sessions and a data analytics competition. Since its introduction in 2017, the ASEANDSE has empowered over 5,000 youths from 287 higher education institutions in the region and has been recognised by 10 ASEAN leaders for its contribution to youth development.
The competition will be carried out from February to October 2019, start off with informative enablement sessions organised for students and lecturers in local institutions of higher learning across all 10 ASEAN member states to improve their data analytics’ skills and knowledge. The enablement sessions will then be followed with a national and regional data analytics competition where successful youth applicants will converge to present data-driven proposals which highlight issues in ASEAN across 6 United Nation Sustainable Development Goals, namely good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, decent work and economic growth, industry, innovation and infrastructure and sustainable cities and communities utilizing SAP’s Analytics Cloud software.
In order to take part in the competition, students are required to form teams of two. One participating team from each member state will stand a chance to be crowned as the national finalist before advancing to compete in the regional finals. At the highest honour of the regional finals, the 10 national finalists will be given the opportunity to present their winning ideas to a panel of judges which consists of distinguished representatives from the ASEAN Foundation, SAP and various government officials and selected NGO organisations.
The call for applications for the ASEANDSE 2019 will close on 17 May 2019.