BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN – The ASEAN Foundation is calling on young data scientists to join a regional competition that encourages participants to use data analytics to solve key problems affecting ASEAN.

With a population of over 600 million, Southeast Asia is one of the fastest growing regions in the world. Despite this, ASEAN still faces many social, health and environmental challenges that impede its progress.

The ASEAN Data Science Explorers competition aims to inspire youth activism by getting participants to team up with a partner to storyboard how a particular issue can be highlighted through data insights.

Participants are encouraged to explore issues under the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:

  1. Good health and well-being
  2. Quality education
  3. Gender equality
  4. Decent work and economic growth
  5. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
  6. Sustainable cities and communities

Tertiary students from all 10 ASEAN member states are encouraged to apply — your ideas or recommendations will be forwarded to relevant ASEAN bodies!

Eligible candidates must be citizens of an ASEAN country; above 16 years of age; and currently studying at a tertiary institution in Southeast Asia.

A winning team will be declared in each ASEAN country, and will eventually go on to compete in the regional-level contest. Prizes for national winners is US$800 while the regional winner will receive US$1,500.

To enter the competition, register your team at this website by June 30. The deadline for storyboard submissions is July 12.