Twenty-six talented millennials from Telenor’s 13 markets were selected from a pool of nearly 5,000 applicants to represent their countries in the fourth annual Telenor Youth Forum (TYF) and 2016 Nobel Peace Prize activities.
TYF is a program run by Telenor Group and the Nobel Peace Center, with the aim to empower youth to solve social issues through technology.
Two delegates will represent Pakistan at Telenor Youth Forum 2016.
- Mehroze Munawar, 22, is a student of Management Science from Karachi and wants to find creative solutions to social challenges through digitalization.
- Sajawal Waseem, 22, is also a Management Science student from Lahore and passionate about simplifying and communicating complicated thoughts using technology.
Over 2,700 applications were received for the Telenor Youth Forum, and through essays, video interviews, event appearances and other screenings, two delegates were chosen.
Congratulating the delegates, CEO Telenor Pakistan said, “Youth constitutes majority of Pakistan’s population and are early adopters of technology than any other age group; which is why their participation in uplifting the country towards a digital future has monumental importance. Telenor Pakistan aims to encourage Pakistani youth to use information, communication and digital technology to bring about positive social change and empower societies around them.”
The one-year TYF program begins in Oslo, Dec. 8 – 11, during Nobel Peace Prize week. The selected delegates will take part in events related to honoring the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, in addition to working in teams to design solutions to major social challenges. The year-long TYF program will consist of virtual teamwork (after the Oslo event) punctuated by a Bangkok-based meet-up in May 2017, and culminating in the unveiling of the teams’ digital exhibitions with the Nobel Peace Center in October 2017.
Nobel Peace Center serves as key partner for TYF
“We are excited to bring delegates from across Europe and Asia together, challenging them to become experts and solution drivers on global, social issues,” said Liv Tørres, Executive Director for the Nobel Peace Center. “At the Nobel Peace Center, we believe that by addressing social inequalities, we take one step closer to peace. Through this program we want youth to realize their potential to start change.”
“We believe in youth with ideas, passion and social conscience. We’re optimistic about the power of technology, and we think that communication across boundaries can foster peace. At Telenor we are excited to see young minds gather to co-create with us, our experts and with our partners at the Nobel Peace Center,” said Sigve Brekke, President and CEO of Telenor Group.
How the program works
Telenor has invited service design agency Livework to support the youth in designing solutions, and each team will be supported by an expert mentor who will guide the team throughout the year as they develop their solution.
From Oslo to Bangkok, TYF takes youth around the world
TYF will host a second event for the delegates in Bangkok in May 2017. This will be the first major milestone for the teams as they work to implement their solutions. The program will conclude for this batch of young people in October 2017, when Telenor and a jury of experts will evaluate the work and select a winning team that will return to Oslo in December 2017 to inspire the next round of TYF participants.