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Group Promotes Innovative Ideas For Future Workforce

Group Promotes Innovative Ideas For Future Workforce
Parcipants during Solve-a-thon workshop at the Holiday Inn Suva on July 11, 2017.
July 13
11:00 2017


The reality of half of today’s work globally being at risk of becoming obsolete because of breakthroughs in technology and automation has been addressed by a team organizing the Solve-a-thon workshop in Suva.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Community Relations Senior officer, Sera Montebaro said it was the first ever Solve-a-thon in Fiji focused on the challenge of youth skills and the work force of the future.

“This challenge is looking at what solutions do we currently have, the innovative ideas are out there that we can scale and help prepare disadvantaged youth for the workforce of the future,” she said.

About 30 participants including students, lecturers and representatives from various non-governmental organisations took part at the Solve-a-thon workshop which was held on Tuesday at the Holiday Inn Suva.

The Youth, Skills and the Workforce of the Future challenge is an initiative between MIT Solve initiative, the Australian government and the Atlassian Foundation of the United States.

Participants were divided into groups and brainstormed on the question: How disadvantaged youth can learn the skills they need to prepare them for the workforce and thrive in the 21st century.

University of the South Pacific final year student Ilisapeci Elder said the session had been very interesting as she learnt skills that could help prepare her for the workforce in the future.

Ms Montebaro said the main outcome was for participants to enter the Solve competition where if selected would get a chance to pitch their innovative ideas in September in New York.

Ms Montebaro said if selected they would be awarded prize funding.

The Australian government will contribute up to $2.21 million ($AU1.4m) in grant funding to the best ideas that will have impact in developing countries in the Indo-Pacific region.

Participants included students, lecturers, and representatives from various non- governmental organisations.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika


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