Some of the brightest young minds from Queensland and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will converge in Brisbane this month for a two-day workshop hosted by Griffith University.

‘Dynamic Digital Citizenship: Young Social Entrepreneurs in ASEAN and Australia’ will be held from Wednesday 14 to Thursday 15 March at South Brisbane’s Bel Hotel and at Griffith’s South Bank campus, and will welcome remarkable, innovative and socially conscious young individuals from around the region to share insights about how they’ve used the ASEAN network to make a difference for everyday people.

The workshop will feature Griffith academics Professor Caitlin Byrne (Director, Griffith Asia Institute) and Associate Professor Luis Cabrera (Research Fellow, Griffith Asia Institute and School of Government and International Relations) as opening and sessional speakers, guiding the 13 entrepreneurs through a program of diverse and valuable discourse.

“We’re delighted to be able to bring these incredibly impressive and talented young people together for this event,” Associate Professor Cabrera said.

“Each of them is working at the leading edge of social entrepreneurship, both in terms of the online technologies they are using and the social purposes they are working to serve.

“We are extremely keen to have their insights on opportunities for leveraging these technologies, and their views on how to make effective use of ASEAN integration and social entrepreneurship initiatives to make connections and advance social enterprise in Australia and throughout the region.”

Participants include local businesspeople Lisa Rapley (co-founder of Yuludarla Karulbo) and Elise Stephenson (Social Good Outpost), as well as international up-and-comers such as Quin Leong Tsu (ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights), Syed Nabil Fauwaz Aljeffri (founder, Malaysian Assocation of ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs), Nguyen Thi Thao (founder, Healthy Pocketapp) and Janine Chiong (founder, Habi Footwear).

Also taking part will be young Indonesian executivesFarid Naufal Aslam andTeguh Ariwibowo, as well asLoc Doc of Vietnam’sBamBoo Boat Fish Sauce Company and Myanmar-based entrepreneurShew Yamin Oo, ofRecyGlo.

Between them, the delegates work in spaces such as Indigenous empowerment, social enterprise and education, human rights campaigning, decreasing domestic violence, sustainable manufacturing and many other noble pursuits.

‘Dynamic Digital Citizenship: Young Social Entrepreneurs in ASEAN and Australia’ received grant funding from the Australia-ASEAN Council (ACC) of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.