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Voice of Southeast Asia

Voice of Southeast Asia

Team Members

  • Cerelia Lim
  • Parisa Nakhaei
  • Akanksha Khullar

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We want the young people (under 30 years old) of Southeast Asia to be able to appreciate the diversity and be comfortable identifying as a resident of the region. In doing so, we hope that the region will have enduring peace and reconciliation.

The Vision

Project’s potential for growth:

- A year after launch, three countries, Australia, Singapore and Indonesia

Estimation of the number of people/organisations that you could realistically reach:

-30 million (50% of the population in the 10 countries part of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are below 30 years old)

Geographical Expansion:

- Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia,Indonesia, Brunei, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, Laos, Myanmar




Mentor Pitch

Peace and conflict are a concern in Southeast Asia. There hasn't been wars between countries for the past 50 years, but there are intra-country conflicts that are on going today. These conflicts are caused by incomplete information or misunderstandings between different communities in the country.  We want to address the causes of conflict by developing a gaming app targeting young people living in the region or young people interested in Southeast Asia.Players will be asked a series of questions about the diversity of their country and the region in a language they can choose to play in. For many people in Southeast Asia, english is not their first language. Having the gaming app is a language they are comfortable increases accessibility. Should the players not be able to answer the questions, they will be provided with hints which we hope to monetise by having them in the form of an advertisement related to the answer to the question.

Partners for this venture include the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), United Nations, governments of the different countries in Southeast Asia, NGOs promoting peace and reconciliation in Southeast Asia and DFAT Australia. Southeast Asia falls within the Indo-Pacific region which was indicated as a priority for Australia's foreign relations as mentioned in the foreign policy white paper released earlier this year. Peace and reconciliation is an objective that ASEAN wants to achieve by 2025. 

Our team consists of an international relations postgraduate student who focuses on Southeast Asia, and a phD student who has a background in sociology. Collectively, we have the skills required to craft the venture in relation to the needs of the user, and networks to reach out to partners supporting this venture.

We are looking for mentors with experience in social enterprises or ventures with a social goal, gaming app development, marketing and funding.


The Customer Experience


Our customers will hear about the venture through social media and gaming interest groups. They will be able to find our product on the google playstore, and receive it by downloading it from the platform. Our gaming app will allow customers to rate their experience with the app, which will also us to communicate with them further if required. 


The Team

Our team consists of an international relations postgraduate student who focuses on Southeast Asia, and a phD student who has a background in sociology. The international relations student is also the Vice-President of ANU ASEAN Society, which enables her to reach out into the network of students from Southeast Asia studying in ANU. Collectively, we have the skills required to craft the venture in relation to the needs of the user, and networks to reach out to partners supporting this venture. 

Our recent progress include being mentored by one of the founders of Yeti Savage Games, a game startup that was the winner of IACT 2017, and conducting customer interviews with young people (below 30 years old) across five countries including Australia.




Key Resources

We would like to collaborate with representatives of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), United Nations, governments of the different countries in Southeast Asia, NGOs promoting peace and reconciliation in Southeast Asia and DFAT Australia. Southeast Asia falls within the Indo-Pacific region which was indicated as a priority for Australia's foreign relations as mentioned in the foreign policy white paper released earlier this year. Peace and reconciliation is an objective that ASEAN wants to achieve by 2025. 

We would also need to develop a sample of the gaming app and a marketing plan as part of developing the venture further.