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Announcing Myanmar’s Telenor Youth Summit winners

Press Releases: 5 November 2014

(Yangon, 05.11.2014) Telenor is pleased to announce the two candidates who will represent Myanmar at the annual Telenor Youth Summit in Norway in December. 22-year old Arkar Min Aung and Wai Yan Min Htay, 25, will join 26 other young social entrepreneurs from 13 other countries at the Oslo Summit.

The gathering in Norway will explore how mobile connectivity and digital communication can bring about social change and create opportunities for all, as well as promote cross-border dialogue.

CEO of Telenor Myanmar, Petter Furberg, says of the two winners: “Arkar Min Aung and Wai Yan Min Htay are two bright youths who are both engaged with societal change and see clearly the possibilities that mobile connectivity can bring. I am confident that they will be great participants and representatives for Myanmar and Telenor at the Summit.”

Arkar Min Aung has a Bachelor of Engineering in Information Technology and applied to the Telenor Youth Summit with an essay about his idea for an “Open Education Platform”. He currently works as an iOS developer at a start-up in Yangon where he creates cutting edge mobile and web applications.

“I did not expect to be chosen to join the Summit but I am so happy I was selected. My idea for the application is based on my own experiences as a student in Myanmar. I look forward to sharing my concept with other youths in Norway and get some valuable input to bring back to my peers with regards to educational development in my country,” says Arkar Min Aung.

Dr. Wai Yan Min Htay is an activist for raising awareness of communicable diseases in Myanmar. Since graduation from the University of Medicine in Yangon he has worked for an international NGO in rural border towns and is working with research for controlling and preventing malaria.

“My passion for spreading knowledge about communicable diseases comes from first hand experiences. When I was working in Kayin State I saw the need to raise awareness in the community about public health issues such as malaria and find preventative solutions to reach everyone. Through mobile technology this important task could be made easier for health workers . I am thrilled to get a chance to participate at the Telenor Youth Summit and to be able to engage with experts and other youths that as passionate about society and how we can make a change,” says Dr.Wai Yan Min Htay.

Twenty talented youths from Myanmar were shortlisted to participate in an Idea Generation weekend at Telenor House in partnership with Project Hub, the country’s first start-up incubator. At the workshop, the finalists discussed their ideas, and received input from industry experts as well as senior Telenor employees on how to further develop their passions and concepts with regards to utilizing the power of mobile connectivity.

The summit is hosted by Telenor Group’s President and CEO Jon Fredrik Baksaas, and arranged in collaboration with the Nobel Peace Center. The event is in Oslo, Norway, from 9-11 December, and coincides with the Nobel Peace Prize festivities the same week.

For more information and to see pictures and information from last year’s Summit, please go to www.telenor.com/youthsummit or www.facebook.com/telenoryouthsummit

For media enquiries, please contact:

Ms. Hanne Knudsen
Head of Communications
Telenor Myanmar
hanne.knudsen@telenor.com.mm
(95) 9 254 389897, (95) 9 790 301 152

Soe Thu Tun
Mango Media for Telenor Myanmar
media-14@mango.com.mm
(95) 1 512 884, (95) 9 450 001 087