AASYP Reset 2020

ASEAN-Australia Youth Innovation Challenge

Registrations are now closed. Check out Reset 2021

What is AASYP Reset?

AASYP Reset is a virtual innovation challenge inviting recent graduates, current university students and young professionals of all disciplines across ASEAN and Australia to collaborate on projects that foster stronger people to people connections between youth in our region. 

Supported by the Australia-ASEAN Council, AASYP Reset aims to:

  • Encourage greater knowledge-sharing network-building
  • Foster cross-cultural and interdisciplinary collaboration 
  • Upskill and support youth in the region to develop and scale ideas that have potential to create long-term impact in their communities

AASYP Reset provides an opportunity for youth to develop their entrepreneurial capacity, build personal and professional connections and showcase their creativity and innovation to a diverse public audience.

Challenge Question

How might we develop stronger people to people relations between youth across ASEAN and Australia?

People to people relations play a key role in enhancing regional collaboration and promoting peace and prosperity across the region. As more than half of the population in Southeast Asia is under 30 years of age, it is critical that youth are equipped with the knowledge and skills to shape the future of the economic, social relationship between ASEAN countries and ASEAN and Australia.

  • Creating new platforms to facilitate connection and knowledge sharing between youth, including enhancing student mobility between ASEAN countries as well as between ASEAN and Australia.
  • Designing new approaches to collaborate and engage with youth in remote and rural communities.
  • Innovating existing models of diplomacy to elevate diverse youth perspectives in both national and regional policy and decision-making processes.

Challenge Details

AASYP Reset consists of an online skills module, a sprint weekend and a final pitch event and will take place virtually in September and October 2020. The online skills module aims to provide participants with a foundational understanding of key design thinking methodologies.

Work in a team of between two to four people, registered participants will conduct research, apply design thinking approaches and reimagine new possibilities to enhance people to people relations between youth across Australia and the ASEAN region.

Online Skills Module

21-25 September 2020
Registered teams will have exclusive access to a three-part online skills module, curated to equip them with a foundational understanding of developing a team vision, ideation techniques and pitching tips.

Sprint Weekend

26-27 September 2020
Teams will have opportunities to join short Q&A sessions with mentors and/or have access to videos where mentors share some top tips on how to strengthen their submission.

Teams will need to submit a 3-minute video and team details to the AASYP Reset organising team by Sunday 4 October 2020.

Mini Idea Incubator

14-27 October 2020
Finalists will be introduced to mentors via video call. Teams and mentors will then decide how to communicate throughout the rest of this period to refine their idea and prepare for the final pitch.

Final Pitch

Saturday 31 October 2020
4pm AEST
The final pitch is an opportunity to showcase contemporary Australian and Southeast Asian creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship to a large public audience, and network with people from a range of disciplines.

Who can register?

Registrations are open to all Australian and ASEAN nationals aged 18-29. We are looking for a diverse range of participants who are interested in developing their cross-cultural competencies and are passionate about strengthening people to people relations. We strongly encourage recent graduates, current students or young professionals or entrepreneurs in the early stages of your journey to get involved!

There is no cost to participate.

Why should I register?


The winning team, as selected by the judging panel during the final pitch event, will receive $1000 AUD to support the implementation of their project.

The People’s Choice Winner will be determined through a live public voting process during the final pitch event, and will receive $750 AUD to support the implementation of their project. 


  • Creative problem solvers
  • Curious global citizens
  • Emerging community leaders

No. While we encourage you to register in teams of 2-4 people, you can also sign up as an individual. We will try our best to match you with 2-3 people with diverse cultural and professional backgrounds.

Not at all! We welcome ideas and projects from participants of all backgrounds, including creative arts and industries, communications and marketing, business, law and international relations, health, sciences, engineering and more. All you need to do is develop an idea and pitch it to the judging panel. 

However, you are more than welcome to submit a prototype and/or video demonstration of your idea to be shortlisted as a finalist. 


Once registrations close on Sunday 13 September, we will send you an email to check that you are still interested in participating. When you confirm, we will try our best to put you in a team within 3-5 days so you can access the online skills module released on Monday 25 September.

Not at all – teams will only need to submit a short 3 minute video to explain their idea by Sunday 4 October. When submitting, teams will need to complete a short form so that we have your names and contact information to follow up any issues. Judges will select finalist teams to pitch on Saturday 31 October. 

Yes! All of the sessions will be run online through Zoom and Slack. This is a collaborative workspace that will require you to use your desktop computer, camera and microphone.

All ideas submitted during the challenge remain the intellectual property of the participants that developed them.

Challenge Schedule

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Register now!

Registrations open Monday 17 August 2020 and close Sunday 13 September 2020.

Contact Us

Send us an email at reset@aasyp.org

Thank you to our supporters.

We are incredibly grateful the support of our partners in promoting this youth-led initiative and their contribution to strengthening the relationships of young people across our region.