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​Continuing the success in Ho Chi Minh City in 2019, on June 23, 2020, Facebook in association with the Office of the "Supporting National Innovative Start-up Ecosystem" project (Project 844) and CoderSchool launched the "Developer Circles Vietnam Innovation Challenge" in Hanoi. As part of the “Facebook for Innovation” of the “Facebook for Vietnam” campaign, the training program, with competitions for IT students, aims to equip young developers with essential skills in the digital age.

In response to the project "Supporting National Innovative Start-up Ecosystem to 2025" (Project 844) to train and enhance the capacity of the innovative startup ecosystem, Facebook and CoderSchool will provide a 6-month training course for 3rd-and-4th-year students and students who graduated no more than 2 years in the information technology industry in Hanoi with an aim to train over 300 young IT programmers majoring in product management, data science and React Native.

The program targets to develop highly qualified human resources. This is also the top priority in building and developing the national innovative startup ecosystem. Equipping a professional educational foundation and improving working skills for students is extremely important, especially for information technology students. Developer Circles Vietnam Innovation Challenge, which is part of the "Facebook for Vietnam" campaign, will actively contribute to fostering domestic technology talents, attract the participation of Vietnamese enterprises and technology groups. Therefore, it promotes the development of the national innovative startup ecosystem and supports the Government for the successful implementation of the Industrial Revolution 4.0 goals.
In addition to the training courses, students participating in the program in Hanoi will have a chance to solve real business challenges issued by industry partners such as FPT Software, Viettel Digital Services, Teko Vietnam, Tripi, FSI x EPU and TnTech, as well as receive instruction to create innovative products that help solve actual problems.

Virginia Yang, director of developer partnerships and programs in APAC, said, “Developer Circles Vietnam Innovation Challenge in Ho Chi Minh City was a great success as 357 young developers were trained and upskilled and 80 graduates landed internships or junior roles at companies including Chotot, FE Credit, Sendo, Haravan, and Momo. This positive result is the motivation for us to continue bringing more opportunities to the students in Hanoi. With nearly 7,000 Developers Circles members across the country, our local community is growing stronger and actively contributing to enable Vietnam’s vision of becoming a digital nation."

One notable difference of Developer Circles Vietnam Innovation Challenge in Hanoi compared to 2019 is the unique track for women, #TechbyHer. Aiming to foster equal opportunities for women and promote women's participation in programming, #TechbyHer is open to 50 women in their 3rd or 4th year of college or new graduates with up to two years of experience, no IT background required, together forming teams to build Messenger bots.
"CoderSchool is delighted to continue collaborating with Facebook, a partner with deep understandings of the influence of young, ambitious, and skilled talents to amplify the success of the Developer Circles Vietnam Innovation Challenge from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi, thereby empowering more young people to build great technical products," said Charles Lee, CEO and co-founder of CoderSchool.

Developer Circles Vietnam Innovation Challenge in Hanoi is part of the #fb4Innovation pillar of the "Facebook for Vietnam" campaign, one of 2020’s key programs of the social media giant in Vietnam. By introducing #fb4Innovation, Facebook hopes to boost the digital transformation in Vietnamese companies through training on key Facebook technologies. Besides, Facebook also wishes to nurture the next generation of Vietnamese tech talents by giving tech students training on innovative technology and job-readiness skills.