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Vietnam digital challenge forum launched to seek solutions for social issues

The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) has launched the Vietnam digital technology challenge forum as part of the activities to introduce Vietnamese-made platforms to serve national digital transformation.

It is a continuation of the programme entitled “Technology Friday” held throughout 2020. During which, MIC promoted 38 digital platforms that were “as good as or even better than similar solutions provided by foreign companies”, according to a report. Platform providers can register to participate in the program through the official website or send documents to the Department of Computerisation, or the Institute of Software and Digital Content Industry.

With a new name and format, the programme now takes the form of a forum where guests will be invited to express their opinions about the solutions presented at the event. This is in addition to the usual introduction of solutions by their developers.

The first episode of the programme featured a smart solution by An Vui, which is expected to help long-distance bus service companies in optimising management and enhancing their competitiveness. An Vui CEO Phan Ba Manh said the platform is being used by 150 transport companies with 4,000 vehicles.

Speaking at the forum, MIC Deputy Minister Nguyen Huy Dung said that if 2020 was the year when the idea of digital transformation was popularised, then in 2021, digital transformation will focus on seeking solutions to social problems.

According to the Department of Computerisation, the AI technology field has the most Make in Vietnam products and services, followed by cloud computing, and online conference. These platforms allow organisations, individuals, and businesses to immediately use digital technologies instead of investing in research, development, and operation by themselves. Make in Vietnam is a slogan initiated by MIC. The ministry explained it is a term to convey the strategy, the call, and the shift in the development direction of Vietnamese digital technology.

Another programme to honour the digital transformation achievements of individuals, enterprises, and government agencies was unveiled last week. The Vietnam Digital Awards 2021 are hosted by the Vietnam Digital Communications Association (VDCA) under MIC.

The awards will be presented across four categories:

  • Outstanding products, services, and solutions in the field of ICT.
  • Enterprises with successes in digital transformation.
  • Government agencies with remarkable levels of digital transformation.
  • Products and solutions that serve the disadvantaged.

VDCA Chairman Nguyen Minh Hong said the awards are organised annually to look for notable Vietnamese-made digital products and promote them in both the domestic and international markets. They are also designed to encourage government agencies and enterprises to invest more in technologies to help achieve success in the nation’s overall digital transformation.

Speaking at the launch ceremony on 6 April, Da Nang Vice Chairman Le Quang Nam said the city has determined digital transformation as the key to dealing with existing bottlenecks and transform Da Nang into a modern, smart, and liveable city. Entries for the awards can be submitted until July, after which a jury panel will select the best individuals and groups, who will be honoured at an awards ceremony scheduled for October.

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