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Telenor Youth Forum 2015 now recruiting

10 July, 2015 - Yangon

Global empowerment initiative seeks two representatives from Myanmar

Aims to connect young opinion leaders around digital transformation of society

July 8, 2015 Yangon – Telenor Myanmar Limited (“Telenor”)today announced that applicationsare now openfor the third Telenor Youth Forum, taking place in Oslo, Norway in December 2015.

Gathering young opinion leaders from 13 countries under Telenor’s footprint, the event aims to provide a global platform to engage youth and empower a generation of digital natives. This year’s topic is ‘Knowledge for All’.

“This is the second year we are running this programme in Myanmar, offering talented young people an opportunity to travel to the Telenor Youth Forum to meet with other peers from the Nordics, Europe and Asia, to connect and share views. We believe youth, growing up in a connected and digital time, are uniquely positioned to predict and advise on how to build a better digital future for all,” said Mr. Petter Furberg, Chief Executive Officer of Telenor Myanmar.

“We are looking forward to welcoming two new participants who will be in Oslo in an eventful Nobel Peace Prize week in December. With the fastest growing internet adaption in Myanmar, knowledge is essential to enter into dialogue and to foster understanding amongst people and communities. We believe mobile and digital communication plays a key role in accelerating this development,” he added.

Seeking young opinion shapers to represent Myanmar in Oslo

Ideal candidates to join Telenor Youth Forum are young opinion shapers, up to the age of 28 years, with fresh perspectives and strong voices. Expertise within a given field is not required, but proficiency in English and interesting insights into how digital communication impacts people, learning and society at large is expected.

The interested applicants can apply this program via online, before September 30th, 2015.Telenor Myanmar will shortlist of up to 4 candidates. The selection of the final two candidates travelling to Oslo will be made by an international selection panel consisting of representatives from civil society, academia and Telenor top management.

Last year, Arkar Min Aung and Wai Yan Min Htay were selected to represent Telenor Myanmar at the Norway initiative. Previous events were known as the Telenor Youth Summit. From 2015 the Forum aims to transform into an ongoing conversation that is both physical and digital, and not confined to the Oslo event alone.

“I have always dreamt of making the education system in Myanmar the best it can be. Telenor Youth Summit has revitalized my dreams and made me want to implement them in reality,”said 22 years old Arkar Min Aung.

Some of the questions Telenor hopes to answer with the help of participants at the TYF 2015 are; how will access to information and knowledge impact people, business and communities, and in what ways will societies transform when knowledge becomes available to all? What is the role of technology in bringing knowledge for all, and are there really limits to what technology can achieve?

The event offers youth a global stage, opportunities to meet and discuss with leaders and luminaries within their fields – and a social and professional experience of a lifetime.

More about the Telenor Youth Forum:
Twitter: @TelenorGroup (official hashtag #TYF15)

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Mango Media for Telenor Myanmar
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