USAID Launches Students with Solutions 2012 Mobile Application Contest

For Immediate Release

Friday, June 22, 2012

Bangkok— The United States Agency for International Development Regional Development Mission for Asia (USAID Asia), in partnership with King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT), announced its first-ever mobile technology application design contest Students with Solutions 2012 at a launch event on the KMUTT campus today. More than 200 university students packed the Jamras Chayapong Theater to hear remarks from Kristie A. Kenney, U.S. Ambassador to Thailand; Frank Young, USAID Asia Acting Mission Director; and Sakarindr Bhumiratana, Associate Professor and KMUTT president. 

“The Students with Solutions 2012 mobile application contest is an opportunity for Thailand’s talented university students to apply their creativity and compassion to developing innovative, mobile technology solutions to development challenges. It’s exciting to bring together U.S. and Thai organizations, businesses and universities, connecting the energy of youth with technology as a tool. That’s what makes Students with Solutions a key activity for our Thai-U.S. Creative Partnership,” said Kristie A. Kenney, U.S. Ambassador to Thailand. 

Following remarks, students talked with USAID Asia implementing partners—MTV EXIT, the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), and Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forest (LEAF) Asia—to get inspiration on putting their creativity, compassion, and skills into a mobile app addressing development challenges in Thailand and the region. Representatives from other universities in Bangkok joined the event. The Students with Solutions 2012 mobile app design contest focuses on three development challenges in the Southeast Asia region: human trafficking, disaster resilience and response, and deforestation and forest degradation. All university students in Thailand are eligible to enter. Teams will submit a concept paper outlining the specific problem that will be addressed and their proposed mobile application, along with a mock-up of their mobile application interface and functions by July 23, 2012. Five finalist teams will have the opportunity to participate in a mentoring event being held in Bangkok on August 18, 2012 to work with software and program experts on their projects. The Students with Solutions 2012 contest will culminate with teams presenting a functioning prototype of their mobile application to a panel of judges at an event in October 2012. The winning team will receive a cash award of 50,000 baht, along with tablet computers. 

Download this press release in its entirety here: Press Release, Students with Solutions 2012

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