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Malaysian students won USD 10,000 and emerge champions of TCS Sustainathon ASEAN competition 2022


Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS), a leading global IT services, consulting, and business solutions organisation, today awarded teams of tertiary-level students for their ingenuity in developing sustainable solutions by leveraging digital technologies to reimagine learning experiences. Mr. Edwin Tong, Singapore Minister for Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) and Second Minister for Law presented awards to Team The Cuties from Malaysia for their winning solution, at the TCS Sustainathon ASEAN Finals as the guest-of-honour.  

Inclusive and Future-Ready Education with TCS Sustainathon 2021

TCS Sustainathon 2021 challenges tertiary-level students, from pre-university to university cohorts, in Singapore, Malaysia and Philippines to conceptualise innovative ideas and sustainability-focused solutions by leveraging technology against the theme of ‘Reimagining Education’. TCS Sustainathon saw more than 100 teams from various institutions participating across three countries. 

The event saw rigorous competition between the six finalist teams from the local editions of TCS Sustainathon – held in Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines in the first half of this year. Addressing flash challenge statements from regional challenge partners, the teams presented their innovative ideas, such as the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and virtual platforms to encourage more inclusive, personalised, and self-directed learning. 

After a rigorous round of judging by a panel of industry experts, Team “The Cuties” comprising students from Universiti Malaya,Malaysia emerged as the ASEAN Champion, for designing a solution to combat the problems students face in integrated digital learning and enhance student engagement and interaction. Their solution, QSEE, is a quirky and interactive study platform powered by AI which uses gamified learning modes and emotion detection technology to foster a love for education. In recognition of their outstanding performance, the team was awarded with a cash prize of US$10,000. 

The winning team will also be receiving support from LinkedIn on digital branding, building networks and leveraging the platform to navigate school to work transitions.

The ASEAN Finals marked a culmination of months of preparation, hard work, and intense competition among the six finalist teams, as well as Sustainathon challenge partners in government, private, and academic entities across the APAC region – including the Association of Southeast Asian Teacher Education Network (AsTEN), Health Innovation Exchange (HIEx), SolveEducation, TCS iON™, and LinkedIn. 

“It is a proud moment for everyone in Malaysia to see our youths rising to the occasion and solving the challenging issues around the UN SDGs through the ingenious use of digital technology”, said Jeevan Rajoo, Country Head of TCS Malaysia. “The future of the world is in the hands of our youths, and we can all be optimistic when our younger generations are committed and passionate about creating positive impact for all. As leaders, we must empower our youths to aspire for greater heights; disrupt the norms and make this a better world!” 

Organised by TCS, TCS Sustainathon 2022 returns this year with local editions currently ongoing in Australia and New Zealand, and from the last quarter in the other markets.  

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