“Teams from Vietnam, Singapore, and Thailand were declared the winners of ASEANDSE 2019 for demonstrating excellence in utilizing the SAP Analytics Cloud tool.”

ASEAN Data Science Explorer: Developing ASEAN’s Future Innovators

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The ASEAN Data Science Explorer (ADSE) competition is a regional program by the ASEAN Foundation, in collaboration with SAP, for students across Southeast Asia. It recognises the importance of equipping ASEAN youth digital literacy to unleash the region’s full potential.

Aside from empowering the youth with digital skills, ADSE’s mission is to harness the might of data analytics, particularly the SAP Analytics Cloud Tool, to propose solutions that can make a difference and help shape the future in support of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

ADSE has since empowered over 1,000 lecturers and 9,000 youth from 262 Institutes of Higher Learning in the region with data analytics skills since its inception in 2017.

ADSE 2019 Winners

This year’s ASEAN Data Science Explorer competition attracted 1,341 participants who competed in the national level across the ten ASEAN member states. They vied to represent their countries at the regionals held in Bangkok, Thailand, which was hosted by the ASEAN Foundation, SAP SE, and Digital Economy Promotion Agency (depa), by conceptualizing and presenting solutions that highlight the following six Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations:

  • Good health and well-being
  • Quality education
  • Gender equality
  • Decent work and economic growth
  • Industry, innovation & infrastructure
  • And sustainable cities and communities

Three teams from Vietnam, Singapore, and Thailand were declared the winners of ASEANDSE 2019 for demonstrating excellence in utilizing the SAP Analytics Cloud tool to arrive at insightful and data-driven findings and recommendations in solving the region’s most pressing socio-economic problems.

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[1st Prize] Vietnam – Finding Major Value in the Minority: Ethnic Minorities as Economic Drivers in ASEAN

The Team AWM of Ha Vu and Trung Vu from RMIT University Vietnam and their winning project “Ethnic Minorities: A Potential Source for Economic Development” highlighted the economic discrimination faced by minority groups in ASEAN and their potential to propel the region’s progress and development.

Their study uncovered that ethnic minorities in ASEAN are severely underutilized despite being a sizeable source of labor force. And while many students desire to be educated, they are at the receiving end of dire educational systems that prevent them from upskilling and preparing adequately to enter today’s modern workforce.

In response, the team campaigned for social and economic inclusion, starting from revitalizing local industries to create more jobs more minorities to and empower their households. They also proposed tech-based learning to overcome information barriers, give access to global knowledge, and help address logistical and manpower issues teachers in these communities typically face.

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[2nd Prize] Singapore – War on Waste: Tackling ASEAN’s Waste Management Problem

Team Revolution from Singapore, composed of Egwin Fan and Teng Shi Xuan from Nanyang Technological University, won first place with their project “Solving the Waste Management Problem in ASEAN” which examined the depth of ASEAN’s waste management situation.

Their findings revealed that the region’s rapid urbanization and growing population density, brought about the increase in economic activity among ASEAN nations, are one of the biggest contributing factors to the problem. They also found out that the extent of poor waste management is beyond environmental—crippling local tourism and disrupting the progress of affected industries.

As food waste accounts for 60 percent of the waste composition in ASEAN, the team recommended that curbing the problem from worsening must begin with optimising the food supply chain to reduce waste. They also suggested the shift to Circular Economy as a means to promote smarter and sustainable consumption.

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[3rd Prize] Thailand – A Seat at the Table: Breaking Down Gender Gaps in ASEAN

Team NT from Thailand, comprising Noppawan Rakthinkumnerd and Bao Tran Ngo Le from Thammasat University, looked into the gender-based employment gaps that remains prevalent across ASEAN—a region where domestic roles are still assigned to women by default while men provide for the family. Their project, entitled “Gender Gaps in the World of Work” won second place.

They found out that four out of ten ASEAN countries are consistently below the world average and women are less likely to secure employment in six countries. Women are expected to participate in unpaid domestic work and are constantly pressured to stay in these roles, inhibiting them to seek out better employment opportunities.

To address the issue, the team proposed the promotion of equal participation in domestic tasks, implementation of transparency in labor practices, and preparation for short and long-term labor force participation—all of which can be pinned down through digital literacy and female empowerment.

SAP: Extending Purpose-Driven Innovation and Youth Empowerment in ASEAN

SAP has been in partnership with the ASEAN Foundation for three years to continue upskilling the next generation workforce not only to launch their professional careers, but also to inspire them to use their capabilities to driving social impact in their communities.

The collaboration not only demonstrates the power of SAP Analytics Cloud in helping organizations both public and private in addressing societal issues, but also helps develop the human capital pool within the ASEAN region in preparation for contributions of a global-scale.

To learn more about SAP Analytics Cloud, visit https://www.sapanalytics.cloud.

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