The ASEAN Digital Innovation Programme (ADIP) is a joint initiative between the ASEAN Foundation and Microsoft that aims to create a generation of future-ready ASEAN youth. The programme serves as a platform to provide quality digital skills' training, specifically computer science education training, to underserved youth aged 15 to 35 across ASEAN blending learning approaches of in-person activities and online learning journey through Future Ready ASEAN platform (FutureReadyASEAN.org). The programme itself was officially launched on 14 March 2019 at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, Indonesia, witnessed by the Secretary-General of ASEAN Lim Jock Hoi.
The Future Ready ASEAN platform itself was launched on May 2019, serving as a nerve centre for online training on digital skills for ASEAN youth. It can be used by trainers to curate learning journeys on computer science and digital skills, and by students for self-learning and certification. The Future Ready ASEAN platform provides four learning journeys to be able to develop capacity of young people in ASEAN, there are (a) Digital Citizen: to boost digital presence by learning how to engage in professional networks and to use web development tools; (b) Dream Team Player: to make successful team by gaining productivity, collaboration and project management skills; (c) Data Wizard: to get artificial intelligence ready by understanding, visualising and making sense of big data sets and (d) Social Innovator: to tackle big societal challenges by learning to create technological products and applications.
As one of the key interventions of the programme, the first Future Ready ASEAN Competition was organised in 2019. This purpose of the competition is to provide an avenue for youth who have taken digital skills training on the Future Ready ASEAN platform to apply what they have learned. Assumed the theme of "Sustainability" which was aligned with the Thailand’s ASEAN Chairmanship in 2019, the competition required all youths to create a blog which identifies a pressing challenge in ASEAN in the four following sub-themes: climate change, biodiversity, water, and agriculture. The youths described in their blog how they design/build/test a prototype solution to address this challenge.
The programme has been recognised by the Senior Officials Meeting on Education (SOM-ED) during the 14th SOM-ED held in Bangkok, Thailand, as one of the key activities that supports the ASEAN Work Plan on Education 2016-2020.
Until December 2019, the programme has trained 583 educators and non-profit trainers and benefited 25,854 youths from 10 ASEAN countries, with more than 50% of them being young girls.