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Team AWM from Vietnam took first place at the regional final of the ASEAN Data Science Explorers 2019 held in Bangkok on Thursday. Photo courtesy of the organiser

Vu Hoang Trung and Vu Manh Ha from RMIT University Vietnam presented their project which focused on ethnic minorities as a potential source of economic development in ASEAN.

Their presentation concluded that enhancement of education with technology would support economic improvement among ethnic minority groups.

“With the hope of helping minorities realise their full potential, we aim to deliver revolutionary insights as a wake-up call for countries to support their growth,” Trung said.


Team Revolution from Singapore, comprising Shi Xuan Teng and Egwin Fan from Nanyang Technological University, was named first runner-up for their project on solving waste management problems in ASEAN.

Team NT from Thailand, which included Noppawan Rakthinkumnerd and overseas Vietnamese student Ngo Le Bao Tran from Thammasat University, was named the second runner-up for their project on gender inequality in the workforce in ASEAN.

The ASEAN Data Science Explorer was organised by the ASEAN Foundation and SAP in 2017 to equip ASEAN youth with skills that will help them thrive in the 4.0 industry era and unleash the region’s full potential.

The 2019 competition, beginning in February, attracted 1,341 participants competing in the national finals held in 10 ASEAN countries. The national champions competed at the regional competition in Bangkok from October 8-10. VNS