UP students win data science competition

Following the completion of the Asean Data Science Explorers Philippines national finals, six university students received the top three awards for their insights and ideas on driving a sustainable future for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

The six students, who represented three teams comprising two students each, were among the top 10 teams who were selected to pitch their ideas in the national finals held at SAP Philippines office in Taguig City.

The competition, which was co-organized by the Asean Foundation and multinational software company SAP, aims to promote awareness and appreciation of the Asean community among young people through digital literacy. 

 Students from the University of the Philippines Diliman,  Malayan Colleges Laguna and  Mapua University School of Information Technology receive the top three awards in the national finals of the  Asean Data Science Explorers competition held at SAP Philippines office in Taguig City. With them are guest panelists/judges led by Carlos Mayorico Caliwara of the Department of Information and Communications Technology, Mark Rivera of the Philippine Young Entrepreneurs Association, Dr. Josefe Santarita of University of the Philippines and Reynaldo Parangas of SAP Philippines.

Students who registered for the program were given access to Asean data as well as SAP Analytics Cloud platform, which allowed them to better analyze the data and derive meaningful insights. 

The initiative encourages participants to deliver data-driven insights which highlight issues in Asean across six United Nation Sustainable Development Goals, namely (1) good health and well-being, (2) quality education, (3) gender equality, (4) clean water and sanitation, (5) decent work and economic growth, and (6) sustainable cities and communities.

“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,” said Elaine Tan, the executive director of the Asean Foundation.

Team “VizziePeople,” comprising students Miguelito Tolipas and Alexis Glenn Espina from University of the Philippines College of Business Administration in Diliman, bagged the national finals champions title for the Philippines. Team “VizziePeople” will represent the Philippines in the Asean Data Science Explorers Regional Face-Off in Jakarta on Nov. 23, where they will compete with the national winners from nine other Asean member states.

Meanwhile, Team “Neophyte,” composed of Laurenth Krishtel Roxas and Adelyn Labine from Malayan Colleges in Laguna; and Team “D’ Papis” composed of Jay Mark Butalon and Tristan Gabriel Bal from Mapua School of Information Technology came in second and third, 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,” said Miguel Tolipas of Team “VizziePeople”. 

Topics: Asean Data Science Explorers Philippines
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