U.S. Mission to ASEAN Kicks Off First YSEALI USASEAN TechCamp in Jakarta
Jakarta, August 23, 2017 – 37 young emerging leaders from 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) – Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, and Brunei – convened at Jakarta’s Hotel Borobudur today to participate in a two-day workshop on transnational crime and security. Themed “A Generation of Advocates – Developing Issue-based Campaigns”, the YSEALI USASEAN TechCamp is hosted by the United States Mission to ASEAN (USASEAN), in partnership with the United States Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP), and Cultural Vistas, a nonprofit exchange organization. The participants, all members the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI), are rising advocates focused on eliminating human trafficking, wildlife trafficking, cybercrime, and violent extremism from their communities and beyond.
Over the next two days, participants will actively engage with trainers and subject matter experts to enhance their digital literacy and communications skills. These 9 best-in-class experts will train the participants on subjects including creating compelling content for social media, data mining and visualization, online advocacy campaigns, design thinking, digital storytelling, crowdfunding, and digital security. Upon returning to their home countries, participants will implement creative follow-on projects and ideas in their communities using the skills they learned during the workshop.
“Addressing transnational crime and security has gained momentum in U.S. – ASEAN relations.” said Ambassador Dan Shields, Chargé d’Affaires, United States Mission to ASEAN, in his opening remarks at the event. “All of you have identified specific real-world challenges in transnational crime that you are passionate about tackling. Over the next two days, you will work in partnership with skilled trainers to explore and apply innovative technology solutions to these challenges. Our goal is to inspire you, so you can utilize your newly acquired digital skills and undertake projects that lead to real-world impact.”
TechCamps are hands-on, participant-driven workshops organized by IIP that connect private sector technology experts with key populations – civil society advocates, journalists, non-governmental organizations, and more – to explore and apply innovative tech solutions to global issues. 20 TechCamps have taken place around the world since 2015. Recent workshops included Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) members working to promote peaceful elections in Africa, and civil society groups working to create opportunities for refugees in Europe and the Middle East.
Launched in 2013, YSEALI is the U.S. government’s signature program to strengthen partnerships with emerging leaders in Southeast Asia; to expand their skills as effective civic, economic and non-governmental leaders in the region; and to encourage them to work together across borders to solve regional challenges. Responding to priorities from youth in the ASEAN region, YSEALI programs focus on four themes: economic growth, sustainable development, education, and civic engagement. YSEALI opportunities include professional and academic exchanges to the United States, regional workshops for networking and skills development, social media engagement, and a grant competition to support emerging leaders’ efforts to address regional issues.
YSEALI and TechCamp are two of the many U.S. initiatives in support of ASEAN and its 10 Member States. The United States partners with ASEAN to support economic integration, expand maritime cooperation, cultivate emerging leaders, promote opportunity for women, and address transnational challenges. The United States and ASEAN celebrate 40 years of partnership in 2017, marking a deepened cooperation under the U.S.-ASEAN Strategic Partnership.