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DiGi wants to send two young Malaysian social entrepreneurs to Norway Youth Summit

AvantiKumar | Aug. 8, 2014
The second edition of the Telenor Youth Summit in Oslo, Norway, will be held on 9-11 December 2014.

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Photo - Two Malaysians who attended the first Telenor Youth Summit in Oslo, Norway, last year:  Farah Fathiah Fauzi  and Wong Gwen Yi with (centre) Joachim Rajaram, DiGi's Head of Communications & Corporate Responsibility.


DiGi Telecommunications [DiGi] is looking for two Malaysian social entrepreneurs to attend the second edition of the Telenor Youth Summit in Oslo, Norway, to be held on 9-11 December 2014.

DiGi's head of communications & corporate responsibility Joachim Rajaram said the summit invited youths to submit ideas or initiatives of how digital communication can be used to drive social and economic change.

The Telenor Youth Summit is a three-day conference organised by Telenor Group, in partnership with the Nobel Peace Centre, said Rajaram. "This global initiative will bring together 28 social entrepreneurs - two from each of Telenor's 13 business units across Asia and Europe, including DiGi - to learn, collaborate, refine and extend the impact of their mobile internet initiatives towards a better future for individuals and communities in their respective countries."

Last year, two young Malaysians - Farah Fathiah Fauzi and Wong Gwen Yi represented Malaysia at the inaugural Telenor Youth Summit. 21-year-old law student Farah's winning initiative was a mobile platform focusing on addressing the discrimination and marginalisation of women. Gwen Yi, 20, a pre-University student, came in with an app to enable the sharing of innovative learning tools and tips among teachers.

Rajaram said the Summit would coincide with the Nobel Peace Prize event, and would give youths the "opportunity to engage with international leaders and opinions makers through inspirational sessions and collaborative workshops besides participating in the event's social activities."

He added the competition was in tune with  DiGi and Telenor's ambition to enable Internet For All. "Mobile internet helps drive change, fuel growth and create equal opportunities for everyone. Through this competition, we are challenging the internet generation to use mobile technology to improve lives, empower societies, and drive inclusive growth. The Telenor Youth Summit presents a valuable opportunity for youth to do this and extend their reach at a global level."

Rajaram said the Telenor Youth Summit challenge was open to youths aged between 18 and 25 years old, "who are passionate about social, economic or environmental change, and currently working on an initiative or have an innovative idea on how digital communication can make our future better.  To stand a chance to win the all-expense paid trip to participate in the Summit, youths need to submit their ideas at by 28 September 2014.

A select 10 finalists will be invited to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges before the two winners are selected and announced at the end of October 2014.


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