Two Malaysian millennials garnered the top spot at the ASEAN Data Science Explorers 2017 competition held recently in Jakarta, Indonesia.\nTeam \u2018ASEANalysts\u2019\u2014comprising participants Thean Su Mei and Wong Feng Ming from Monash University Malaysia\u2014emerged the ASEAN champion at the regional face-off.\nTheir project, focusing on improving primary education, is aligned to the United Nation\u2019s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of inclusive and quality education for all. Both participants are current students from Monash University.\nThis is the first year that the ASEAN DSE was organised across all 10 ASEAN member states as part of the strategic partnership between the ASEAN Foundation and SAP. The aim of this initiative is to prepare today\u2019s youth for tomorrow\u2019s world.\nThe initiative encourages participants todeliver 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.\nPower of data\nParticipants were encouraged to harness the power of data to come up with impactful and constructive insights that can lead to innovative solutions to societal problems.\nMeanwhile, the first runners up was team Omotesando, comprising team members Febe Epafras and Vida Cornelius from the University of Indonesia. Their project on \u2018financial inclusion through branchless banking\u2019 is aligned to the United Nation\u2019s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of decent work and economic growth for all.\nThe team from Thailand, Bangkok Brothers, comprising team members Pachara Aungsusuknarumol and Krittanut Jirathawong from Chulalongkorn University, came in third place for their project on \u2018gender divide in ASEAN countries. Their project is aligned to the United Nation\u2019s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of achieving gender equality.\n\u201cThe winning teams have come up with some innovative solutions that showcase the potential of our ASEAN youths to own the issues that they have chosen to address. Through this competition, we have been able to witness the passion and commitment that our ASEAN youths have towards driving a sustainable future for this community,\u201d said ASEAN Foundation executive director Elaine Tan.\nInvesting in the next generation\n\u201c2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of ASEAN and the 20th anniversary of the ASEAN Foundation. The success of the ASEAN DSE competition is a great proof point highlighting the value of investing in the next generation, and we are pleased to continue the partnership and this programme with SAP into 2018,\u201d she added.\nStudents who had registered for the programme earlier in the year gained access to ASEAN datasets as well as the SAP Analytics Cloud platform, which allowed them to analyse the data and derive insights. The SAP Analytics Cloud is a new generation software as a service (SaaS) that redefines analytics in the cloud by providing business intelligence (BI), predictive, and planning capabilities all within one tool. Using this cloud platform, the participants could analyse and visualize data to come up with their innovative recommendations.\nAll the 10 teams at the regional finals were the top teams from the respective member ASEAN states, where they emerged as winners during the national finals held over the last month and a half.