SINGAPORE: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS), a leading global organization in IT services, consulting and business solutions, announced the launch of the TCS Sustainathon ASEAN 2021, a competition of problem solving that empowers and inspires young minds to tackle pressing environmental challenges using new digital technologies.
With an expanded format in its second year, the TCS Sustainathon is open to high school and university students from Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines to collaborate with government, private, academic and non-profit entities and collectively generate ideas that will create a innovative sustainability. -targeted solutions. This year’s theme is “Reimagining Education,” calling on students to reimagine, rethink and reinvent learning experiences.
In 2020, the first TCS Sustainathon in Singapore brought together nearly 200 students from 15 educational institutions in a challenge competition to address the issue of local food waste. This year, in addition to Singapore, TCS is expanding the initiative to Malaysia and the Philippines to encourage local talent to join forces and co-create innovative solutions to achieve inclusive education. In the first quarter of 2022, the top two teams or individual participants from each country will qualify for a place in the final of the ASEAN 2021 TCS Sustainathon, with the top winner receiving a grand prize of $ 10,000.
“With our deep roots in Asia and our vast resources across the globe, we have a higher purpose; we are committed to addressing pressing environmental issues and challenges facing the region, ”said Girish Ramachandran, President of TCS Asia Pacific. “Through the TCS Sustainathon, we help connect young talent and like-minded partners to ensure their ideation and innovation have a real and lasting impact and create ‘best-in-class’ innovation capacity. in ASEAN. “
The TCS Sustainathon ASEAN 2021 enjoys the strong support of four like-minded partners as strategic and challenge partners – the Association of Southeast Asian Teacher Education Network (AsTEN), Health Innovation Exchange (HIEx), SolveEducation and TCS iON ™ . Challenge partners from respective national editions have issued challenge statements outlining the real challenges of sustainability in the education and learning landscape. Participants then have up to eight weeks to develop and submit a technology-based solution to the respective challenge statement. The top two finalists from each country will participate in the final.
“Inclusive education is one of our main concerns in the ASEAN region. We are always looking for different approaches to change teacher education programs and practices for the benefit of the region. We firmly believe that a good education is the key to encouraging young people to develop a strong sense of responsibility towards themselves and the community. Through this partnership with TCS, we are taking education to another level, ”said Assoc. Teacher. Dr Pattamavadi Lehmongkol, President, Association of Southeast Asian Teacher Training Network.
“Behind our commitment to leave no one behind on the journey to the Sustainable Development Goals, we ensure that investments are used in the most effective way to address specific health challenges in a cross-sectoral manner. With our partnership with TCS Sustainathon, we hope to inspire more like-minded public and private sector partners to support and encourage our young minds to pursue more sustainable and innovative education for the future, ”said Pradeep Kakkattil, Director, Health Innovation Exchange.
“We aim to work with education and technology experts to create educational resources that aim to nurture students’ thirst for learning and prepare them for the workforce of tomorrow. We look forward to working with TCS to engage and unleash these young minds to realize their potential to solve real sustainability issues in education sector work for the TCS Sustainathon 2021 ”, said Janine Teo, CEO of SolveEducation!
“We were seeing a growing adoption of digital learning even before COVID. The pandemic has only accelerated the trend. The majority of educators and students embrace the use of technology in the classroom and beyond. TCS iON partners with educational institutions to move to a phygital model for enhanced learning outcomes. By participating in the TCS Sustainathon, we hope to inspire all participants and stakeholders to play their part in making education transformation a success, ”said Venguswamy Ramaswamy, Global Manager, TCS iON.
To participate in the TCS Sustainathon in Singapore, Malaysia or the Philippines, student teams must register their interest and request the challenge statement (s) via https://bit.ly/ssn-asean2021. Participants can consult all the essential information for their respective national session of the TCS Sustainathon ASEAN. Up to six ideas will be shortlisted for each national finals, which will take place in January 2022.
Since its debut in Singapore in 2020, TCS Sustainathon has grown rapidly globally as TCS’s platform for sustainability ideation for students and communities. In addition to the four events in the ASEAN region in 2021, the TCS Sustainathon was also successfully held in September in Pune, India (https://bit.ly/ssn-pune2021), a UK edition (https : // bit. ly / ssn-uk2021) will launch on October 11, with more sites expected to follow in Asia-Pacific and around the world.