Blog Making Competition

ASEAN Digital Innovation Programme

Bangkok, 27-29 November 2019



Three decades after ASEAN was established, ASEAN leaders recognised that: there remained inadequate shared prosperity, ASEAN awareness and contact among the people of ASEAN. It was of this concern that ASEAN leaders established ASEAN Foundation in Jakarta, Indonesia, at ASEAN’s 30th Anniversary Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 15 December 1997.

The 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 body, the Foundation is tasked to support ASEAN mainly in promoting awareness, identity, interaction and development of the people of ASEAN.

The blog making competition of the ASEAN Digital Innovation Programme is a competition which target the underserved youths who have been trained on the Future Ready ASEAN to apply what they have learned to a blog development.

With the support from 13 partners[1] and 532 educators who undertook the Training of Trainers (TOT) from eight ASEAN Member States (AMSs), they will assist to nominate the trained underserved youths to take part in the blog competition. The theme of the competition is on the SUSTAINABILTY which follows the Thailand’s ASEAN chairmanship in 2019.

The blog competition will require 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 will describe in their blog how they design/build/test a prototype solution to address this challenge.

Before participating in the blog competition, all participants will also be informed to sign up other online learning courses on the Future Ready Asia website and other Microsoft learning platforms e.g. Make code, and Minecraft in Education. These courses will equip them with these additional knowledges to sustain their learning in the computer science education.

The teams who submitted the best blog from each country will take part in the regional competition at the end of November 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. Two members of the team with the best blog from each country will be invited to pitch their blogs in front of judges[2].

Also, upon the completed the blog competition, the ASEAN Foundation and Microsoft will exhibit the eight best blogs, the Future Ready Asia website, and other Microsoft learning sources during the competition. 


Below is detail of the competition schedule:




Nov 27

07.00 – 18.00

Arrival of participants

Nov 28

9.00 – 10.00

Welcoming participants and getting to know each other

10.00 – 11.00

The final competition theme, outline, requirements, tools, libraries and examples (specifics to be confirmed)

11.00 – 12.00

Training on tools & libraries for competition

12.00 – 13.00


13.00 – 16:00

Participants to work on assignment

16:00 – 17:00

Students to pitch their projects to the jury (6 min/group)

17:00 – 18:00

Jury to convene to select winner

19:00 – 21:00

Welcoming dinner (TBC)

Performance from students (each group is to prepare a performance to introduce themselves and their village/countries e.g. sing, dance, telling stories, making videos, photos)

Nov 29

09.00 – 10.00

Opening remark (10 min/speaker)

-          ASEAN Secretariat

-          Microsoft

-          Grab

-          UNECO

-          ASEAN Foundation

10.00 – 11.00

Talk show: panel of women who use STEM to build more sustainable businesses, cities and societies (to be confirmed)

11.00 – 12.00

Awards ceremony and photo session

12.00 – 13.00



Participants depart to their home country

Below is the duty and responsibilities, which will be shared among the runners: 

  • setting the event room and related properties
  • act as liaison with participants, speakers, judges, and local vendors
  • take care of registration table, event timing, and prize/trophy presentation
  • take care of power point presentations, collecting judges sheets, and background music/e-backdrop
  • note-taking during the event
  • to be the MC of the event, if required


  • Thai local resident is prioritised
  • Good written and oral communication skills in English
  • Resourceful, dedicated, responsible, demonstrates initiative, enthusiastic and detail-oriented
  • Ability to plan, multitask, and organise work
  • Very good computer skills including knowledge and experience in all Microsoft Office software (PowerPoint, Word, Excel, etc)
  • Experienced in supporting/organising international events
  • Committed to be fully participating throughout the whole 3-days event.
  • If possible, runners are requested to bring their own laptop


ASEAN Foundation will provide for each runner:

  1. Stipend for US$30 per day
  2. Local transport allowance for US$ 20 in total
  3. 2 nights accommodation in a selected hotel, from 27 – 29 November 2019.


Interested and suitably qualified candidates should forward their applications to the e-mail address of [email protected] and cc to [email protected]. It is advisable to put the email subject of Runner_ADIP2019. Interested applicants are required to submit:

  • CV (in PDF, maximum 2 pages) attached in the email,
  • personal statement (maximum 2 paragraphs) emphasizing their suitability for this position in the body email.


8 November 2019

[1] HEIs, CSOs, NGOs, and Empire Code

[2] The judges will come from the ASEAN Foundation, Microsoft, CSO, Higher Education Institution (HEIs), and the government representative.

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