Calling all social-minded, tech savvy millennials! We are now recruiting for the fifth annual Telenor Youth Forum (#TYF17), a year-long program taking place in Oslo and Bangkok, which will challenge what you know and how you make an impact on the world. Selected applicants will also attend 2017 Nobel Peace Prize festivities in Oslo.
ISLAMABAD – May 11, 2017: The Telenor Youth Forum (TYF) is a global program that is designed and hosted by Telenor Group and the Nobel Peace Center (NPC). This joint initiative is based on our shared belief that young people can use digital technology to drive real change in the world. In the last four editions of TYF, Pakistan has produced 8 winners that include Haroon Yasin (The Orenda Project: Education to Pakistani Slums), Maaz Imran (eTution Hub – online tuition service for students around the world), Saad Hamid (Invest2Innovate (i2i) – making information accessible), and Awais Imran (priceoye.pk – helping price-sensitive consumers find the best deals online) among others.
Applicants between 20-28 years of age in Pakistan are eligible for TYF17, which will run in Oslo, Norway, from December 8-10, 2017. The TYF program requires a one-year commitment and includes a second gathering in Bangkok in May 2018. The selected delegates are expected to work virtually throughout the TYF year with their assigned teams, averaging around two hours per week. Their work will, over the course of the year, create digital services that address urgent social challenges originally posed to them at the event’s kickoff in December.
TYF 2016 delegates: Where are they now?
Last year’s TYF delegates are still in the midst of their TYF journey. They started in Oslo, in December 2016, where they were placed into teams and began the journey of designing a digital service.
These delegates are currently tackling the issues of climate change, education for young refugees, mental health taboos, gender equality and unemployment. The teams are mid-way through the program and will be gathering later this month in Bangkok to further their work. Each TYF delegate has committed to spending, on average, two hours per week on their projects, in addition to the two physical gatherings (Oslo and Bangkok).
The delegates also receive guidance and mentorship from experts at organizations which include UNICEF, the World Education Foundation, the Red Cross, Techfugees and Telenor Research. Throughout the TYF journey, the mentors will equip the delegates with real-world, relevant skills such as service design, service and product prototyping, presenting, exhibiting and pitching, in addition to insights on issues that can only be gained through hands-on experience.
At the end of each TYF, a winning team is selected: the team whose new product or service idea is deemed the most viable and/or impactful. This team is then awarded with a second trip to Oslo and a speaking slot at the next round of TYF.
If you are a person who seeks to engage with people from all over the world, believes that digital technology can make a positive impact on development, and enjoys new perspectives on how to solve big, global problems, you just may be the next TYF delegate to represent Pakistan.
Find out more about TYF on our website and apply at: www.telenor.com/youthforum/.