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Youth in ICT 2023: Empowering the Future of Technology with Inspiring Talks and Career Development

23 Jun 2023
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By Office of Public Affairs

23 June 2022 – The Youth in ICT 2023 event was held on 22 June, jointly organized by the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) in collaboration with the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT).

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The event aimed to inspire and engage and encourage youth to develop an interest in ICT and equip them with the necessary skills to succeed in the field. Attendees had the opportunity to participate in career development talks and experience-sharing sessions with experts from academia, government officials, private companies, UN agencies, and other organizations. The session provided valuable insights into the latest trends and technologies in the ICT industry.

In recent years, the demand for ICT skills in the workforce has become vital in various industries. Young individuals with ICT skills have a distinct advantage in the job market as employers increasingly seek technologically proficient employees. Youth involvement in ICT is crucial for the technology industry’s future, bringing fresh perspectives, innovative ideas, and adaptability to new technologies.

The event featured distinguished lectures from academics, government agencies, private companies, and UN agencies. This event was attended by 60 participants from various universities of Thailand in physical mode. 

Discussion panel morning session
Discussion panel afternoon session

Youth in ICT is essential to the technology industry’s future, as it brings new perspectives, ideas, knowledge, and the ability to adapt to new technologies. Dr. Naveed Anwar, Senior Advisor to the President at AIT, emphasized the significance of technology in our lives, with ICT empowering people to connect and share knowledge. He highlighted the younger generations’ role in bridging the gap between people, communities, and beyond boundaries and the importance of effective communication. “This conference encouraged individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those without conventional ICT training, to acquire skills that enhance their knowledge and job prospects. He added that meaningful discussions were fostered with telecommunications, computers, and information experts.

Mr. Forhadul Parvez, Programme Officer at APT, stated that digital skills are now essential for everyone, ranging from basic usage to advanced technical expertise, as they prepare individuals for the future digital society. He stressed that empowering young people with ICT skills gives them a competitive edge in the job market and boosts their confidence, creativity, and problem-solving abilities. 

The event also focused on career development talks and experience sharing from speakers and experts in academia, government officials, and private companies. Panel discussions covered topics such as Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain technology, Chat GPT, Entrepreneurship, tech startups, Urban Farming with IoT implications, ICT career experiences and success stories, and youth and women empowerment.

Picture from seminar hall