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MCL students enter ASEAN Data Science Explorers National Finals

Two (2) teams from Malayan Colleges Laguna (MCL) made it to the Top 5 of the ASEAN Data Science Explorers (ADSE) 2017 National Finals last October 25. The event took place at SAP, NAC Tower, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. Hailing from the Information Systems (IS) program, Adelyn G. Labine and Laurenth Kristhel M. Roxas of Team Neophyte placed 3rd, while Cheska Ellein M. Sayat and Daiselle Joy M. Simbulan of Team MCL IS Researchers took 5th place. Both teams were first announced as part of the Top 10 out of 27 participating teams from various colleges and universities. Their attention was drawn to the contest when their professor and coach, Dr. Ellenita R. Red, told them about it and its link to SAP. “Parang napaka-interesting para sa amin kasi ‘yun din ‘yung magiging part ng job description namin in the future as Information Systems students. Dapat mayroon kaming skillset na makapag-gather ng relevant data tapos ma-a-analyze namin nang maayos to the point na makakapagbigay kami ng sustainable solution sa problem,” Daiselle and Laurenth stated. Afterwards, their class was encouraged to produce datasets using SAP. The two teams were chosen since they were the only ones to finish on time.

MCL’s winning Information Systems (IS) students, from left to right: Laurenth Kristhel M. Roxas and Adelyn G. Labine of Team Neophyte; and Daiselle Joy M. Simbulan and Cheska Ellein M. Sayat of Team MCL IS Researchers. Photo from Cheska Ellein M. Sayat.

Among the six United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Team MCL IS Researchers and Team Neophyte chose Gender Equality & Decent Work and Economic Growth, respectively.

Laurenth shared that she and Adelyn chose Decent Work because they wanted to address the problem of unemployment as it contributes to a country’s economy, considering that most ASEAN nations are “developing” countries. Daiselle, on the other hand, said that she and Cheska worked on Gender Equality due to their support for feminism.

According to them, competing with teams from well-known schools such as Mapua University and University of the Philippines Diliman in the Top 10 wasn’t easy.

Nakaka-pressure i-represent ang MCL kasi 2 teams lang kami as opposed to other schools’.” Nevertheless, finishing in the Top 5 was very rewarding.

Nagulat kami kasi, una sa lahat, hindi madaling mag-analyze ng mga dataset tapos ASEAN-sponsored pa sya. Ibig sabihin ‘pag nakapasok ka sa Nationals, talagang may sense ‘yung pinasa mo. Nakakatuwa rin kasi hindi lang kami sa regionals nakapasa. Pang-Philippines talaga.

The teams also thanked and commended Dr. Red for guiding them throughout their ADSE journey. “Doon namin na-realize na sobrang importante na may nag-ga-guide sa amin na may right expertise and knowledge para ma-i-angat kami.”

Titled “Today’s Youth for Tomorrow’s World,” the ASEAN Data Science Explorers is a regional competition jointly organized with SAP, the market leader in enterprise application software, that allows all ASEAN youths to play a key role in tackling today’s social issues – as enumerated in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals – to help create positive change for a better future through delivering data-driven solutions.

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