One of our winner, Ayyappan Madhumitha, or Madhu, from the 2018 ADSE competition is a recent high school graduate from the National University of Singapore High School of Math and Science. Prior to Madhu admits that she had little prior experience with data and believed its application was limited to the physical sciences. Through the expert-consultation sessions, her team-mate, Kai Jun Tay and YouTube she “got out of her comfort zone”.
Once becoming proficient with the SAP software, she was able to combine her new knowledge in data with her passion of problem-solving social issues. With the SAP software, Madhu and Kai Jun were able to forecast the growth of slums in South-East Asia. Their project, ‘From Slumming to Sustainability’ gave insight into the current statistics, formation, and the need to raise awareness of slums in South-East Asia.
Her advice for those interested in entering in the 2019 ASDE competition? Register and start early! In her view, enthusiasm and a passion for problem-solving social issues are the only perquisites for potential future applicants, with the SAP software being “absolutely user-friendly”. Madhu is currently applying to medical school. She believes participating in the ADSE Competition helped her develop an interest in the application of data analytics in Public Health, specifically the epidemiological studies of future diseases.
The ASEAN Foundation wishes her and Tai Jun all the success for their future endeavours and congratulates them for winning the 2018 ADSE Competition!
Article by Joseph Cruickshank, a Geoscience Student at University of Sydney and a Programme Intern at the ASEAN Foundation.