Filipino Students to Represent PH in ASEAN Data Science Explorers Regional Face-Off in Jakarta

Ciara Alarcon
Six Filipino students recently bagged the top three awards in the ASEAN Data Science Explorers Philippines National Finals, after pitching their insights and ideas on driving a sustainable future for ASEAN.

Filipino Students to Represent PH in ASEAN Data Science Explorers Regional Face-Off in Jakarta
Filipino Students to Represent PH in ASEAN Data Science Explorers Regional Face-Off in Jakarta

In partnership with the ASEAN Foundation and multinational software company SAP, the competition eyed to use digital literacy in promoting the importance of ASEAN to young people.

“This is the inaugural year in which we are conducting this competition, in partnership with SAP, and we are pleased to see high rates of registrations and submissions of ideas from students in Philippines. Following a stringent judging process, both the ASEAN Foundation and SAP selected the top 10 teams from the Philippines to present at the national finals held today. Many of the ideas proposed to us today were interesting and insightful, and I hope that these youths will continue to develop their passion and ideas to drive the ASEAN Community towards a sustainable future together,” Elaine Tan, the Executive Director of the ASEAN Foundation, addressed.

Earlier in 2017, the participants were given an access to ASEAN data and SAP Analytics Cloud platform, allowing them to analyze the data and derive essential insights from it. This initiative encouraged them to come up with data-driven insights, highlighting issues in ASEAN across six United Nation Sustainable Development Goals.

These goals include: Good Health and Well-being; Quality Education; Gender Equality; Clean Water and Sanitation; Decent Work and Economic Growth; and Sustainable Cities and Communities.

Students from University of the Philippines College of Business Administration in Diliman, Miguelito Tolipas and Alexis Glenn Espina, also known as Team VizziePeople, claimed the finals champion title for the Philippines.

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Meanwhile, Team Neophyte, composed of Laurenth Kristhel Roxas and Adelyn Labine of Malayan Colleges in Laguna; and Team D’Papis, composed of Jay Mark Butalon and Tristan Gabriel Bal from Mapua School of Information Technology owned the second and third place, respectively.

“Our presentation focused on the development of sustainable cities and communities. We decided to delve on this topic because we believe that there is still so much to be done to achieve it. Getting the necessary insights on how we can help make cities more sustainable is vital not just for the Philippines, but for all of ASEAN,” Tolipas of the winning team, said. “SAP Analytics Cloud platform allowed us have a macro perspective to better appreciate this issue. With the insights that we gained, we were able to come up with concrete recommendations to the Philippine government that can also be applied to other countries in the region.”

Team VizziePeople will represent the country in the ASEAN Data Science Explorers Regional Face-Off in Jakarta on November 23, where they will compete with the national winners of nine other ASEAN member states.

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