The event provides young innovators from around the world with the “social and professional experience of a lifetime,” according to telecoms provider Telenor Myanmar
Two Myanmar youths have been selected to attend Telenor’s Youth Forum in the Norwegian capital city of Oslo from 8 to 12 December.
The annual event is the third of its kind and aims to provide young innovators with a global platform to share ideas and meet with luminaries within their fields, according to a press release issued by Telenor Myanmar yesterday.
This year’s topic is ‘Knowledge for All’ and delegates under the age of 28 have been invited from the 13 countries where Telenor operates.
Myanmar’s Ma Hsu Wai Phyo and Maung Phyo Thura Htay were selected to attend the forum because they have “clear objectives of influencing society through mobile connectivity,” said Mr Petter Furberg, Chief Executive Officer of Telenor Myanmar, which received its telecoms licence in early 2014.
Telenor Myanmar invited applications for the forum in July, stating that it was seeking “young opinion shapers, up to the age of 28 years, with fresh perspectives and strong voices.”
Hsu Wai Phyo, 21, pitched her idea to develop an anonymous counselling hotline for victims of domestic violence.
“Many women who face domestic violence are afraid to discuss their situation with others because they feel ashamed about their situation,” she said.
Maung Phyo Thura Htay, a 19-year-old student from Yangon Technological University, has proposed developing a mobile app that can function as a digital library for university students.
“The app would give students extra resources to learn about their respective subjects,” he was quoted by Telenor Myanmar as saying.
During the forum, a keynote address will be given by Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, which is ranked among the ten most popular websites and is the world’s largest general reference site.