JAKARTA, 16 March 2020 – The ASEAN Foundation and SAP launched the call for applications for the ASEAN Data Science Explorers (ASEANDSE) 2020 today, inviting ASEAN students attending undergraduate studies to be the next cohort of data-driven changemakers.

Since its inception in 2017, ASEANDSE has been one of the most immersive platforms for ASEAN youth to hone 21st century skills through a combination of expert-led enablement sessions and a digital competition designed to challenge youth to solve pressing socio-economic issues in the ASEAN region through the lens of data analytics. ASEAN Leaders recognise ASEANDSE for its contribution to ASEAN cooperation in education and youth development.

Here are three ways how ASEANDSE fosters the next wave of data-driven changemakers:

It equips youth with future, high demand skillset

In line with ASEAN’s commitment towards fostering future-ready youth across the region, ASEANDSE provides an avenue for youth to learn data analytics. Data analytics is a high demand skill due to more companies realising the value of data-driven business strategy. Companies are in need of talented individuals who can provide data-driven insights among the massive amount of information circulating online and offline.

ASEANDSE 2018’s Regional Finals second runner up Mai shared, “my experience in ASEANDSE has been incredibly transformative. Now, I have been immersed in data analytics so much that 95% of my day is dedicated to it.” Mai is currently working at Lazada Viet Nam.

It deepens the youth’s appreciation for ASEAN

To develop a data-driven storyboard for the competition, applicants are required to dissect the most pressing socio-economic issues in ASEAN across six United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDG), namely (1) good health and well-being, (2) quality education, (3) gender equality, (4) decent work and economic growth, (5) industry, innovation and infrastructure, and (6) sustainable cities and communities by harnessing SAP Analytics Cloud software. At the end of the journey, exposure to these key issues will deepen youth’s appreciation towards what the region has been enduring so far.

It introduces youth to a world-class analytics tool

ASEANDSE provides an opportunity for youth to harness SAP Analytics Cloud—a simple cloud solution that connects people, information and ideas to enable fast and confident decision making. This tool has machine learning and embedded artificial intelligence technology that help discover deep insights, simplify access to critical information, and empower informed decision making for all.

ASEANDSE 2020 will be carried out from February to October 2020, starting with 4-month enablement sessions organised for students and lecturers in local institutes of higher learning across the region. The enablement sessions will be followed by national and regional data analytics competitions. In order to take part in the competition, students are required to form teams of two from the same institution or two different institutions to register for the competition and submit their proposals.

Since 2017, ASEANDSE has empowered over 10,000 students from 262 institutes of higher learning in the region.

Applications are now open for #ASEANDSE2020 competition. Join the next generation of young leaders and be the voice of social transformation in ASEAN. Apply before 30 April 2020 at https://www.aseandse.org/register. For further information about the programme visit www.aseandse.org or email aseandse@sap.com.