For Us By Us: Global Diaries – Ho Chi Minh City Edition

For Us By Us: Global Diaries is an initiative brought in partnership with the Hult Prize Foundation that is bringing to light the incredible behind-the-scenes stories that are occurring across the globe with young entrepreneurs trying to change the world through impact.

“Young people should think in a different way, they should be job-givers, not job-seekers”
– Muhammad Yunus –

After 6 months since its launch, Hult Prize Southeast Asia Regionals 2019 officially stepped into the Final alongside Top 6 with the most breakthrough ideas. Teams will compete against one another for the highest title: Champion of Hult Prize Southeast Asia Regionals. Hult Prize is an annual prize with the mission of the competition is to form a global foundation and to start a movement of social enterprises. The US President Bill Clinton once said: “The Hult Prize has brought together some of the brightest young innovators to address the obstacles that prevent prosperity and opportunity from thriving worldwide”. This year, Vietnam is chosen to host the Regionals, which helps find a new face representing and competing at the UN Program with the challenge: “For Us, By Us”

Last Saturday (April 6th), at City Hall Ho Chi Minh City 111 Ba Huyen Thanh Quan, District 3, HCMC, Hult Prize Southeast Asia Final Regionals Summit 2019 officially took place smoothly and found out the winning team for the highest title. Let’s have flashbacks of the memorable and emotional afternoon together! With the early arrival and anticipation from the attending students and press, the hall gradually became more crowded and more crowded with young audiences who were very excited and looking forward to the result of the Semi-final as well as the pitchings of the most brilliant teams. The hall got hotter and hotter with the combination of drum and dancers’ powerful movements. Applause after applause kept being heard when the guests of honor and judges were being introduced by the MC: Mr Prachuabl Chaiyasan- President of Thailand-Vietnam Friendship Association, Mr Colin Blackwell- Founder & CEO of Social Enterprise Enable code, Ms Ton Nu Thi Ninh- President of HCMC Peace and Development Foundation, Mr Ho Quang Minh- Founder and Chairman of Business Coaching Asia, Mr Tieu Yen Trinh- General Director of Talentnet, Mr Tran Bang Viet- Founder & Chairman of Dong-A Solutions, Mr. Pham Phu Truong- Vice President & CEO of Global Integration Business Consultant Ltd. Company, Ms. Tu Ngo- Co-founder of Yola, and Ms. Lakee Sha K. Ransom- Professor at Asian Institute of Technology Mr. Ayman Arandi – Nation Program Director of Hult Prize- made a speech about the impact of social enterprises to youths and sent his appreciation to the brilliant ideas, efforts of teams. At the end of his speech, he announced the beginning of Hult Prize Southeast Asia Final Regionals 2019 and the confrontation among Top 6 teams began.

The first team to be called is Dynameals from Asian Institute of Management. Being confident, the team came up with the idea of delivery service with the mission to supply the employees of the companies they are co-operating with healthy, nutritious and balanced meals. The second team who have their name called is Crossdock, from Bangladesh. This team also came up with very creative ideas about a full functioning eco-friendly paper manufacturing chain called ‘The Holy Paper’ with the aim of sustainable development. The key idea of the entire project is to manufacture paper using Cow dung in ‘South Asian Region’, where the raw material is cheap and widely available.

The third team to be called is EmployMe from the University of Hong Kong with the idea about an SMS based Job Matching Service that aims to democratize job access across all sections of the society., which attracted all the attention within the hall. It allows users with feature phones to create and upload an online resume by replying to a series of questions asked by the SMS bot such as their name, skills, location and so on. The fourth team, Dziko Langa from Hokkaido University, is the name called after EmployMe finishing their pitching. The team’s idea is about harnessing youth power towards the waste collection, sorting and recycling, which arose curiosity from all audience.

The fifth team is a candidate from Ahsanullah University of Science & Technology, the Tesla’s Army. Tesla’s Army continued taking the hall to their idea about using the banana stems to compile into fiber and supply to production domestic and exportation.

And lastly, the sixth team is SHERON from Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology which finished all the Top 6’s pitchings with their idea about a chain consisting 3 components with different purposes, but the key point is that waste product of each component will be the input for the next component.

However, there is still one last hope for teams, who did not make it to Top 6, which is the lucky draw to choose the only one lucky team for the Final. The whole hall was like having the same thinking, all remained silent and wait for the lucky team’s name to be called and won the last spot. And congratulations team Worky from Duy Tan University with the idea of creating an app helping students along with young people have easy connection with the recruiters, shortening the recruiting time, or supplying some necessary functions to the recruitment and maintaining the human resource.

After all 7 teams’ pitchings, the exciting performances began. Beginning with an extraordinary Violin performance from artist Tan Titan. Next is a song praising Vietnamese people with beautiful “ao dai” from singers Quach Tuan Du and Jennifer Thien Nga. At this moment, the hall got the most exciting as ever when everyone, guests, competitors, and attendees came up stage became one and enjoyed the joyful atmosphere.

And came the part where everyone had been waiting for the most Mr. Prachuab Chaiyasan was the one announcing the winner of the ticket to the Global Round and the champion of Hult Prize Southeast Asia Final Regionals 2019. AND THE NAME CALLED WAS… EMPLOYMENT! CONGRATULATIONS EMPLOYEE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG!!!

With the idea about creating a service finding a match between resume and job through SMS, members of EmployMe had succeeded in persuading demanding judges to choose their idea and became the Champion of Hult Prize Southeast Asia Final Regionals 2019. EmployMe has won the prestigious cups from Hult Prize and the chance to Ashridge Castle in London for the Accelerator Program to prepare for the Global Round. We, the Hult Prize SEA Organize, wish to send sponsors, media supports, donation individuals, teachers, and students are most sincere thank for following and supporting the competition for the whole time. And of course, we also send our thank to energetic and passionate Organizer, Collaborators, Ambassadors, and Volunteers, who play an important role in making the event successful. So the Hult Prize Southeast Asia Final Regionals 2019 has found the owner of the highest title. This competition is not only the place to meet, link passionate people to one another but also the destination to have interesting and unforgettable memories. We, the Hult Prize SEA Organizer, hope that Hult Prize Southeast Asia would keep having your support and interests for the upcoming events and activities. Entering the Global Round, will EmployMe still do their best and win the grand prize $1,000,000 against strong rivals from other Regionals? The answer will be revealed at the UN Headquarter, New York in this September. Once again, thank you and let’s wait for new challenge and solutions at Hult Prize Southeast Asia Regional 2020 with the spirit: “Solving the world’s most pressing challenges is not just the right thing to do, it is also good business” (Ahmad Ashkar)!

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