Malaysia clinches championship at ASEAN Data Science Explorers competition 2017

Malaysia gained a feather in its caps recently as two Malaysian students emerged victorious at ASEAN Data Science Explorers competition 2017 (DSE) held in Jakarta, Indonesia. The duo, Thean Su Mei and Wong Feng Ming, scored their winning goal through a focus on improving primary education. This aligned them to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of inclusive and quality education for all. Both participants are current students at Monash University Malaysia.

This is the first year that the ASEAN DSE was organised across all 10 ASEAN member states as part of the strategic partnership between the ASEAN Foundation and SAP. The aim of the initiative is to prepare today’s youth for tomorrow’s world.

Meanwhile, the first runners up was team Omotesando, comprising team members Febe Epafras and Vida Cornelius from the University of Indonesia. Their project on ‘financial inclusion through branchless banking’ is aligned to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of decent work and economic growth for all.

The team from Thailand, Bangkok Brothers, comprising team members Pachara Aungsusuknarumol and Krittanut Jirathawong from Chulalongkorn University, came in third place for their project on ‘gender divide in ASEAN countries. Their project is aligned to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of achieving gender equality.

“The winning teams have come up with some innovative solutions that showcase the potential of our ASEAN youths to own the issues that they have chosen to address. Through this competition, we have been able to witness the passion and commitment that our ASEAN youths have towards driving a sustainable future for this community,” said ASEAN Foundation executive director Elaine Tan.

“2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of ASEAN and the 20th anniversary of the ASEAN Foundation. The success of the ASEAN DSE competition is a great proofpoint highlighting the value of investing in the next generation, and we are pleased to continue the partnership and this programme with SAP into 2018,” she added.

Students who had registered for the programme earlier in the year gained access to ASEAN datasets as well as the SAP Analytics Cloud platform, which allowed them to analyse the data and derive insights. The SAP Analytics Cloud is a new generation software as a service (SaaS) that redefines analytics in the cloud by providing business intelligence (BI), predictive, and planning capabilities all within one tool. Using this cloud platform, the participants could analyze and visualize data to come up with their innovative recommendations.

The initiative encourages participants to deliver data-driven insights which highlight issues in ASEAN across six United Nation 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. Sustainable cities and communities

Participants were encouraged to harness the power of data to come up with impactful and constructive insights that can lead to innovative solutions to societal problems.

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