ASEAN Foundation and SAP announce National Champions for Viet Nam

Tuesday, Sep 14, 2021 15:37

Team Dastronaut, comprising of Phan Le Minh An and Vuong Anh Chien from RMIT University Vietnam, took first place at the National Finals. — Photo courtesy of the organiser

The ASEAN Foundation and SAP SE have announced that three teams from RMIT University Vietnam, British International School, Foreign Trade University and Viet Nam National University have emerged as the winners in ASEAN Data Science Explorers (ASEAN DSE) 2021 National Finals – Viet Nam that took place virtually recently.

The three winners were judged based on their ability to design a best all-round concept that tackles ASEAN socio-economic issues, driven by data insights. The judging criteria look at the creativity, feasibility, innovation, and the team's ability to demonstrate the solution's implementation.

As the first winner, Team Dastronaut from RMIT University Vietnam will represent Viet Nam for the virtual Regional Finals of ASEAN DSE 2021 on October 6, 2021.

Team Dastronaut, comprising of Phan Le Minh An and Vuong Anh Chien from RMIT University Vietnam, took first place at the National Finals. Their project is aimed at revolutionising municipal waste through a combination of mandatory rules and incentives to promote trash sorting habits from residents, setting up an e-commerce waste app – where companies can log in and purchase waste products as input materials for their manufacturing process.

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, ASEAN DSE continues to equip youth from across the region with essential digital skills by organising its key activities, such as enablement sessions and data analytics competitions, virtually. Running for the fifth year, ASEAN DSE has a renewed focus on sustainable development goals (SDGs) that target climate and sustainability.

In addition, the programme also collaborated with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in ten ASEAN countries to deliver in-person enablement sessions to youth with limited access to technology and youth with disabilities.

“2021 marks the fifth-year milestone for the ASEAN DSE competition. Initially starting as a platform to empower youths with digital skills to grow the next generation of leaders, this year, we have added climate action as a key focus in our programme, aligned with our broader ASEAN and SAP priorities. I am proud of the diversity of the participants joining this initiative and their passion for creating and delivering social impact. ASEAN DSE augments the future workforce by enabling youth so that we, as one ASEAN, can be a sustainable economic powerhouse,” said Nguyen Hong Viet, Managing Director, SAP Vietnam, who sits on the judging panel for the Viet Nam National Finals. — VNS

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