Press Release

Twenty Myanmar applicants shortlisted out of 200 for Telenor Youth Forum

21 August, 2018 - Yangon

  • 20 shortlisted candidates will undergo a two-day coaching session in  Yangon where finalists will be selected
  • Two successful finalists will be chosen to join the forum in Oslo and Bangkok

Telenor Myanmar today announced a shortlist for the Telenor Youth Forum (TYF) scheduled to be held in Oslo in Norway. Twenty out of over 200 applicants have been shortlisted and will be invited to a two-day coaching workshop which will be organized in partnership with a Swiss-based start-up competition, Seedstars, on 30-31 August in Yangon.

The 20 shortlisted candidates will be coached to strengthen their creativity, passion to use technology for change, and communications skills during the two-day workshop after that two final successful candidates will be chosen to represent Myanmar at the sixth Telenor Youth Forum.

“We are looking forward to meeting the 20 brightest minds of Myanmar and their take on using technology to shape a better world by solving social, economic and environmental problems that we are facing right now. Telenor Youth Forum is an opportunity for Myanmar’s game-changers to expose their take on the current problems that the world is facing and their big ideas on how to address them. TYF will bring the best out of these ideas and nourish them to foster progress,” said Sharad Mehrotra, CEO of Telenor Myanmar.

In collaboration with Nobel Peace Center (NPC) and Telenor Group, the Telenor Youth Forum brings together young leaders from around the world to develop digital solutions that reduce inequalities and empower societies. Throughout the program, TYF delegates also receive guidance and mentorship from Telenor Group subject matter experts who would mentor and equip them with real-world skills such as service design, prototyping, presenting, exhibiting and pitching, in addition to insights on issues that can only be gained through hands-on experience. Eight talented youths from Myanmar have already represented the country in the last five times of TYF and the team called ‘AGNCY’ which includes one of Myanmar delegates; Nang Kant Kaw Ywat Hesng won last year Telenor Youth Forum for their project to crowd-source labour violation reporting.

TYF program requires participants a one-year commitment and includes all-expenses-paid gatherings in Oslo in December 2018 and in Bangkok in May 2019. Delegates are expected to work virtually throughout the year with their assigned teams, averaging around two hours per week developing ideas for products, services or campaigns that address urgent social challenges assigned to them at the event’s December kickoff in Oslo. At the end of each forum, a winning team is selected and funds of 100,000 Norwegian Kroner (15,000 USD) are provided through their Telenor mentor as seed funding to make their ideas come to life. 


Shwe Yinn Mar Oo(Ms.)
Corporate Communications, Telenor Myanmar Ltd

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