ASEAN Data Science Explorers

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

The ADSE calls for data-driven proposals in a competition targeting tertiary students across the 10 ASEAN Member States (AMS). In the competition, the students use technology and innovation to develop solutions towards ASEAN growth and development to improve people’s lives. The ADSE also has a training programme segment, which aims to build information and communications technology capacity for youth in the region, bridge the digital divide in 10 AMS and prepare them for the Digital Economy. This is how the ADSE supports the ASEAN Information and Communications Technology Masterplan 2020 and ASEAN Work Plan on Youth and Education 2016-2020.  The competition segment of the ADSE is held at the national and regional levels with the national level conducted at 10 AMS and the regional final hosted by the ASEAN country chairing ASEAN. Through the data analytics competition, the ADSE encourages ASEAN youth in all 10 AMS to harness the power of data, highlighting the pressing social and economic issues in ASEAN and derive meaningful insights that lead to innovative and feasible solutions. 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.

By using the SAP Analytics Cloud, the ADSE encourages participants to deliver data-driven insights which highlight pressing social and economic issues in ASEAN across the seven United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, namely (1) Good Health and Well-being, (2) Quality Education, (3) Gender Equality, (4) Clean Water and Sanitation, (5) Decent Work and Economic Growth, (6). Industry Innovation & Infrastructure and (7) Sustainable Cities and Communities.

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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