The ASEAN Foundation is an organisation that empowers ASEAN people to contribute to the building of the community under the thematic areas of Education, Arts and Culture, Media, and Community Building.
The ASEAN Foundation, Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA), and SAP have awarded the young teams of Viet Nam, Singapore, and Thailand as the winners of the Regional Finals of ASEAN Data Science Explorers (ASEANDSE) 2019 last 9th of October 2019. The teams’ insights and data-driven solutions to solve the region’s most pressing social and economic issues brought them recognition.
Executive Vice President of DEPA Ms. Kasama Kongsmak presided over the prize presentation ceremony.
ASEANDSE 2019’s Regional Final Awardees
First Place: Team AWM from Viet Nam, comprising Ha Vu and Trung Vu from RMIT University Vietnam
The first-prize winner’s project focused on ethnic minorities as a potential source for economic development in ASEAN, covering United Nations Sustainable Development goals 4 (quality education) and goal 8 (decent work and economic growth).
Second Place: Team Re:volution from Singapore, with Egwin Fan and Teng Shi Xuan from Nanyang Technological University.
With a project designed to solve waste management issues in ASEAN countries, covering the United Nations Sustainable Development goal 11 (sustainable cities and communities), the Singaporean team emerged as the first runner-up.
Third Place: Team C, comprising Bao Tran Ngo Le and Noppawan Rakthinkumnerd from Thammasat University.
Coming in as second runner-up, the Thai team showcased their project on closing workforce gender gaps, covering United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5 (gender equality) and goal 8 (decent work and economic growth).
The ASEANDSE 2019 was a year-long journey that involved a series of enablement sessions where close to 500 educators and 3,000 students were trained in SAP Analytics Cloud. 1,341 (70% YOY increase) participants competing in the national finals held in all 10 ASEAN member states joined the competition. After winning on the national level, the national champions competed at a regional level held in Bangkok, Thailand.
The awarded teams won for their excellent capabilities in developing and presenting data-driven solutions that highlight six Sustainable Development Goals such as: (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.
Trung Vu, a member of Team AWM from Viet Nam, said:
“We were just excited and delighted that our ideas and our solutions were acknowledged by ASEAN, UN and other governmental agencies to turn our vision into reality. We also got exposure to diverse cultures from students from other countries that we’ve become friends with. We can learn from each other and share our knowledge and different perspectives on the region and I believe that diversity is crucial for someone who wants to be a global citizen such as myself and a lot of other students.”
ASEAN Foundation and SAP Joining Forces
The ASEAN Foundation and SAP launched ASEANDSE in 2017 as a regional programme that would equip ASEAN youth with skill sets fit for the fourth industrial revolution and, at the same time, unleash the region’s full potential. For the past two years, over 9,000 youths from 230 higher education institutions in the region with data analytic skills have already benefited from the programme. Participating youth from across different disciplines like political science, engineering and architecture build actionable insights from data to come up with solutions that have an impact on these areas.
Elaine Tan, the Executive Director of ASEAN Foundation, shared:
“ASEAN Foundation is honoured and proud to collaborate with SAP for three consecutive years. SAP played a significant role in this initiative as together we are addressing the post-2020 direction of ASEAN youth development that focuses on fostering future-ready ASEAN youth through digital skills development. The initiative helps ASEAN youths to seize the vast opportunities that lie ahead of them. At the same time, the initiative equips them with relevant digital skills they require to tackle the challenges posed by the Industrial Revolution 4.0.”
Eugene Ho, Head of Corporate Affairs, SAP Southeast Asia, explained:
“We have identified that a widening digital skill gap is becoming a growing challenge across all industries and sectors in ASEAN. The collaboration with the ASEAN Foundation has helped us to steer our focus on developing the human capital pool to ensure that all ASEAN young citizens have the relevant skills needed to thrive in the digital economy”.
Ho stressed that with the help of the ASEANDSE programme, the digital skills gap in the region will be solved.
Ms. Kasama Kongsmak also said:
“Seeing the youth as the generation of tomorrow, DEPA pays great attention to empowering them with universal mindset, innovative tools, and most importantly compassionate visions. With the objectives of ASEAN Data Science Explorers being in line with our core mission and the theme of Thailand’s 2019 ASEAN Chairmanship ‘Advancing Partnership for Sustainability’, we are more than pleased to support the program by being the co-host of the ASEANDSE Regional Finals 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand and look forward to many more regional collaborative opportunities to come.”