University of the Philippines-Visayas Wins the ASEAN Data Science Explorers Philippine National Finals

Team Amplify of the University of the Philippines-Visayas will represent the Philippines in the Regional Finals scheduled on 06 October 2021. (Jakarta PM photo)27

Team Amplify of the University of the Philippines-Visayas was declared as the winner of the ASEAN Data Science Explorers Philippine National Final which was held virtually on 24 August 2021.

Team Amplify, composed of Francis Nacionales and Erru Torculas, presented its entry entitled “ASEAN Sustainable Consumption Loop”. The proposal is about an information-driven communication system to monitor production, consumption, waste management and trade priorities through cloud computing. Team Amplify will join nine other teams from other ASEAN Member States in the Regional Finals scheduled on 06 October 2021.

Team Pororo composed of Trisha Danielle Sia and Genrish Wendell Ng from De La Salle University-Integrated School was named first runner-up, while Team Unplugged composed of Arvilyn Mellizas and Ian Drilon from the Iloilo Science and Technology University was the second runner-up.

The Philippines’ Deputy Permanent Representative to ASEAN, Ms. Elizabeth Te, delivered the closing remarks and announced the winners.

“I cannot overemphasize the need for digital skills as an important component of building resilience and adapting to a post-pandemic world,” said DPR Te. “Governments, business, other organizations, and all of us will have to re-position technology in preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”

ADSE is a regional data analytics competition which calls for data-driven proposals, targeting students across the ten ASEAN Member States.

In the competition, ASEAN nationals from 15 to 30 years old were required to develop data analytics-backed solutions to address socio-economic challenges across the ASEAN region using SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC), a cloud data visualization tool provided by SAP, a leading German software company. In particular, teams are expected to design solutions to pressing issues across the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals of clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, decent work and economic growth, sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and production, and climate action.

ADSE is an annual collaboration program between the ASEAN Foundation and SAP. The program is an avenue for young people in ASEAN to improve their data analytics skills. ADSE has empowered up to 16,309 students and 1,420 lecturers from 370 institutions across ASEAN countries with data science skills.

The winning teams from each ASEAN Member State’s National Final will compete in the Regional Final scheduled on 06 October 2021.

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