Asean Foundation and SAP executives with student-participants of the virtual Asean Data Science Explorers 2022 National Finals-Philippines on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
Asean Foundation and SAP executives with student-participants of the virtual Asean Data Science Explorers 2022 National Finals-Philippines on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

FOR the proposal to make food sustainable through community gardens and vermiculture hubs, students from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) and University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman won in the virtual Asean Data Science Explorers (DSE) 2022 National Finals-Philippines.

Team Paradocs of Prince Jewel Federe from PUP and Kim Carlo Monloy from UP, declared champion on Friday, will represent the country at the Regional Finals of Asean DSE 2022 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on October 12.

The Asean DSE, now on its sixth year, is a collaboration between the Asean Foundation and SAP Software Solutions to raise awareness of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations among young people and achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs). It aims to equip the youth from across the Asean region with data analytics and other relevant skills through virtual enablement sessions and competitions held at the national and regional levels.

This year's competition saw 778 students from 10 Asean member states represent their country in the National Finals.

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Team David and Mark, composed of Ateneo de Manila University students David Demitri Africa and Mark Kevin Ong Yiu, emerged as first runner-up for their project designed to find a solution in bridging sustainable energy with sustainable finance.

Second runner-up was Team Facts and Stats of PUP students Bea Jane Lazona and John Adrian Adona for their project on reducing plastic waste in the ocean by waste management strategy in Asean.

Participants were tasked with developing data analytics storyboards/proposals to address socioeconomic issues, promoting Asean community awareness and the UN-SDGs within the region.

The program collaborated with nongovernment organizations and program alumni in 10 Asean countries to deliver in-person enablement sessions to youth with limited access to technology and youth with disabilities.

The continued support and collaboration with NGOs and program alumni made it possible for the program to deliver SAP Analytics Cloud training to 3,619 underserved youths in 2022.

"The Asean DSE program seeks to empower our youths with essential digital skills, develop collaboration skills, ability to communicate ideas, and to think critically. All of which are vital to become effective leaders for tomorrow's world," said Rudy Abrahams, interim managing director of SAP Philippines.

"I am highly impressed by the quality of ideas presented by the participants and hope that this competition will jumpstart their data science journey. Through our partnership with the Asean Foundation, we aim to continue enabling youths to thrive in this ever-changing world and inspire them to forge a brighter, more equitable future for all in Asean," Abrahams added.

Asean Foundation executive director, Dr. Yang Mee Eng, said: "Through Asean DSE, we continue to strengthen our mission to provide an immersive platform for Asean youth to learn future-ready skills and contribute to the growth of the digital economy in the region — post-pandemic."

Dr. Yang said he was impressed with the innovative ideas the participants presented, demonstrating what the youth can do when provided with the right platform to create impactful solutions.

"I would also like to convey our deepest appreciation to SAP for the continued support in empowering youth across Asean. I sincerely hope that the collaboration between Asean Foundation and SAP can inspire more public-private partnerships in the future to support the development of our future generation," he added.

Team Paradocs said it was a "big honor" to represent the country. "Understanding the world through numbers is a beautiful thing to do. And to think that we'll get to voice the youth of today and represent our country is a big honor. Doing the competition taught us a lot of things about ourselves. It made us realize what we want to do for the rest of [our lives]. And we know the learning process is not over, and that fact excites us even further," the group said.

The team recognizes that there are more socioeconomic problems beyond wastage, saying, "We do hope more students get to peek at the data and make an attempt to think of creative ways... to solve those problems. That's the goal — to make a better world for the next youth of today, right?"

Asean DSE has delivered digital literacy impact to more than 44,000 youth and educators in the Asean region since 2017.

Visit www.aseandse.org, www.aseanfoundation.org and www.sap.com for more information.