ASEAN Youths Address Social Issues with Data Analytics at ASEAN Data Science Explorers Regionals 2018

  • 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.
      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
      these areas.


      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:

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