ASEAN Data Science Explorers

The ASEAN Data Science Explorers (ASEANDSE) is a flagship programme under the ASEAN Foundation’s partnership with SAP to engage and prepare today’s youth for tomorrow’s world.

ASEANDSE is a regional data analytics competition targeting tertiary students with ASEAN nationality across the 10 ASEAN Member States (AMS). By using SAP Analytics Cloud, the programme requires students to deliver data-driven, innovative, and feasible solutions and recommendations which can address pressing social and economic issues in ASEAN across the six United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, namely (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. The solutions that youth will submit are not limited to a campaign, policy, product, service, or volunteering recommendation. Furthermore, entries submitted will be shared with relevant ASEAN bodies for their consideration. 

ASEANDSE also has a segment of enablement session, data analytics training session using SAP Analytics Cloud targeting tertiary students and lecturers across the 10 AMS. Apart from the goal to promote the ADSE competition, the enablement session aims to capacitate students and lecturers with data analytics using SAP Analytics Cloud.

The over-arching goal of the programme is to build capacity of digital literacy and 21st century skills for youth in the region, which ultimately can bridge the digital divide in the 10 AMS and prepare them for the Digital Economy. Another main goal is to promote ASEAN awareness among youth across the region. This is how ADSE supports the ASEAN Blueprint 2025 in terms of building the innovative and resilient ASEAN Community, not to mention the ASEAN ICT Masterplan 2020 and ASEAN Work Plan on Youth and Education 2016-2020. 

ASEANDSE competition is held at the national and regional levels with the national level conducted in the 10 AMS and the regional final hosted by the ASEAN country chairing ASEAN.

Further information of ADSE is available on

I think it’s an absolutely amazing platform for youth to learn about the current developments in ASEAN and to contribute to its progress by harnessing data and formulating solutions. Despite not having any data science background, I learnt to obtain meaningful information from the data sets and the SAP software, which I consider a very useful skill for my future. This competition also gave me the confidence that I have the ability to contribute to the growth of ASEAN through my ideas as a student.”

Madhumitha Ayyappan
ADSE 2018 Regional Finals Winner from Singapore


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