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TCS Philippines invites students to join Sustainathon Asean 2021

Tata Consultancy Services, a global IT services, consulting, and business solutions organization, is bringing the TCS Sustainathon to the Philippines this October. With the theme “Reimagining Education,” the Sustainathon 2021 hopes to enable senior high school and college students to join discussions on pressing issues surrounding education today and hopefully develop ideas on how to have an “Inclusive Education for all in 2030.”

TCS Sustainathon, an initiative to inspire and empower young minds to solve real-world environmental problems through technology, was initially launched in Singapore in 2020 with the theme of “Combating Food Waste.” It served as a platform for young minds to collaborate with private companies, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies to co-create solutions for real-world sustainability issues using digital technologies. Ninety-eight (98) students from more than 15 educational institutions in Singapore developed plans on fighting food waste.

This year, TCS expands its initiative to the Philippines and Malaysia to promote inclusivity in education as these countries implement blended and flexible learning.

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“Education across the world has been greatly affected by the pandemic. Filipino students, in particular, face challenges in coping with changes but they continue to make extra efforts to pursue learning,” said Shiju Varghese, country head, TCS Philippines. “We witnessed students in Singapore last year in the pilot run of TCS Sustainathon being passionately involved in key issues and sharing their ideas. We at TCS Philippines are excited to see the ideas Filipino students have on improving education.”

Envisioning an improved educational system in the coming years, TCS Philippines invites Filipino students to join the TCS Sustainathon 2021.

  • Senior high school and college students from public and private institutions across the country are welcome to participate either as individual students or a team with a maximum of four members.
  • Each individual or team must choose a challenge statement and create ideas or solutions to address the challenge statement, on the theme “Inclusive Education for all in 2030.”
  • Entries must incorporate the use of technology to create innovative, practical, and concrete solutions for the chosen challenge.
  • Participants can register and submit their entries at the TCS Sustainathon Philippines website until Nov. 19.

The first-place winner will receive P150,000 while the second and third placers will receive P100,000 and P50,000, respectively. The top two winners will compete alongside Sustainathon Singapore and Malaysia winners at the Asean Championship in March 2022.