ICDL Asia Digital Challenge 2023 is back! 

The ICDL Asia Digital Challenge is an annual student competition targeted at secondary and tertiary school students in Asia who are eager to compete and demonstrate how digital skills may be applied in today’s rapidly evolving digital economy.

Last year, over 1000 students from 11 Asia-Pacific territories participated in the challenge. After witnessing the success of the virtual competitions in 2021 and 2022, we will continue to host ICDL Asia Digital Challenge 2023 grand final virtually by making it accessible to more students across the Asia-Pacific region to participate.

ICDL Asia Digital Challenge 2023 is geared towards practical digital skills required for various professional fields in the marketplace today and for the future. Given the increasing importance of the digital economy around the world, the competition will expose contestants to emerging technologies, design, and the use of office application tools. 

Take this chance to challenge yourself and get recognised for your digital skills at ICDL Asia Digital Challenge 2023!

Date: March 2023 – September 2023 (Detailed timeline is available at Competition Journey below.)

If you have any enquires about Digital Challenge 2023, please contact us at marketing@icdlasia.org

The competition is open to all secondary and tertiary school students in the Asia-Pacific region.

  • Secondary Level: Students aged 13 – 17* years old
  • Tertiary Level: Students aged 18 – 25 years old

*Students aged 17 years old who are in Junior Colleges, Polytechnics or other vocational schools will fall under tertiary education. 

Students will compete based on the following three tracks

Secondary Level

TimelineBusiness TrackDesign TrackEmerging Technologies Track
Round 1
Preliminary Round
01 Mar to
31 May 2023
Application EssentialsApplication EssentialsApplication Essentials
Round 2
National Round
01 Jun to
31 Jul 2023
1) Documents
2) Presentation
3D Design1) Cloud Computing
2) Big Data
Round 3
Grand Final Round
25 Aug 2023Data AnalyticsDesign ProjectEmerging Technologies Project

Tertiary Level

TimelineBusiness TrackDesign TrackEmerging Technologies Track
Round 1
Preliminary Round
01 Mar to
31 May 2023
Application EssentialsApplication EssentialsApplication Essentials
Round 2
National Round
01 Jun to
31 Jul 2023
Digital Marketing3D Design1) Cloud Computing
2) Big Data
Round 3
Grand Final Round
25 Aug 2023Data AnalyticsDesign ProjectEmerging Technologies Project

The Digital Challenge 2023 competition will take place from March to September 2023.

1 March 2023 – 31 May 2023

Round 1: Preliminary Round

Contestants are required to complete the ICDL Application Essentials test. The top 2 contestants will be selected from each school to proceed to the National Round.

1 March 2023 – 31 May 2023
1 June 2023 – 31 July 2023

Round 2: National Round

Contestants are required to complete the modules based on their respective tracks. The top 2 contestants from each territory will be selected to proceed to the Grand Final Round.

1 June 2023 – 31 July 2023
25 August 2023

Round 3: Grand Final Round

Contestants are required to complete the modules or project based on the respective tracks. Winners from each track will be announced during our Award Ceremony.

25 August 2023
7 September 2023

DC 2023 Award Ceremony

All DC 2023 Grand Finalists are required to attend the award ceremony and ICDL Asia Digital Literacy Day.

7 September 2023

Our Judges

Mr. Sean is the Regional Technical Manager for the Mainstream Engineering and Product Engineering Software portfolios of Siemens Industry Software in South East Asia. With over 20 years’ experience in the mechanical engineering and CAD industries, he has been involved in mechanical design, simulation as well as project management. His primary role involves working closely with product development and partner teams in the ecosystem by providing technical and business development leadership and support to help businesses succeed on their digitalization journey. Sean is married with six children and has a keen interest in music, cars and photography.

Mr. Sean Seneviratne

Regional Technical Manager, Siemens Digital Industries Software


An user experience centric product designer with +16 years’ experience in IT industry. I’m passionate, innovative and highly self-motivated. Pursuing design simplicity and minimalist are my design principles. I’m also an aesthetic practitioner & team collaborator.

Mr. Eric Hsu

Technical staff of industrial design, Dell Experience Design Group

Mr. Stephen Yee is an Experienced Learning and Development and HR Business Leader, and practitioner. He is the Deputy Executive Director of the Singapore National Employers Federation with two decades of knowledge and skills working in the not-for-profit organization management industry and working with development and social partners. He has 30 years of working experience and skills in Strategic Planning, Go-to-market Strategy, Organizational Development, Sales Management, HR Business Partner, Learning and Development and Business Strategy, working with employers and enterprises of various sizes and in different industry sectors in both Multi-National Companies. He works closely with the government on the evaluation of training programs that is applicable to employers and the mass market. He is in various tripartite working committees like the tripartite committee for older workers in training, employers committee for human capital development, and enterprise training scheme. On top of that, he does audits as part of the evaluation committee for skills and future awards for employers and individuals. He has been in the making of the workforce skills qualifications with the government agencies and examining its impact on employers and employability skills since 2005. In 2007, he brought in International Computer Driving License (ICDL), a non-profit organization body responsible for computer certification based in Ireland and has international offices globally. He has also in instrumenting mutual recognition of skills among the IT certification and HR Certification (Singapore).

Mr. Stephen Yee

Deputy Executive Director, Singapore National Employers Federation

Mr. Anderson Tan is a serial entrepreneur, serial angel and corporate investor, as well as a Practising Management Consultant equipped with a Master of Arts in Lifelong Learning, Diploma in Adult and Continuing Education and Master of Engineering. Owning and managing several SkillsFuture Singapore (“SSG”) Registered Training Provider (“RTP”), Anderson is knowledgeable in entrepreneurship, adult learning frameworks and is effective in analysing, designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating learning, employability and HRD solutions in organisations and with individuals.

Anderson also has extensive expertise in Business-Training Consulting.  He is the key driver in the internationalisation of the Singapore skills system, with interests in Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, India and Myanmar. Anderson is currently the Lead Consultant in developing the Philippine Skills Framework (PSF).  He is also supporting the industrialisation of Thanh Hoa Province, Vietnam; as well as developing the start-up ecosystem there.

Mr. Anderson Tan

Founder/ Director, Accelebator Pte. Ltd.


Miss Serena Ricci

Institutional Marketing Manager | Thought Leadership, QS Quacquarelli Symonds

Rich Baxter, a renowned educator and Principal of Innovation in Education, is a beacon of educational innovation with a profound commitment to student welfare. Continuing his journey as a classroom teacher, Rich’s remarkable career path encompasses early roles at the Hong Kong Education Department as one of the first primary Native-english Speaking Teachers. Graduating from OISE in 2004, he channelled his passion for innovation into pioneering art programs that garnered awards. His influential presence as a Judge, Speaker, and Competitor at the Reimagine Education Awards, often dubbed the ‘Oscars of Education’, underscores his leadership. Currently teaching Grade 7/8 in Toronto, Rich’s dedication extends beyond the classroom. His project, the Bootstrapping Checklist, fosters social entrepreneurship through immersive, collaborative learning, earning accolades like the 2021 Bronze in the USA & Canada Regional Award. Rich’s tireless pursuits exemplify his mission to enhance equitable access to quality education.

Mr. Rich Baxter

Educator and Principal, Innovation in Education


An aspiring Cloud technologist with a background in Optimization and Modelling. I am passionate about technology, thrive in spontaneity and is intrinsically motivated towards actions that have a bigger impact.

Mr. Roy Ng Jing Da

Institutional MarketinBusiness Development (Education) & FinOps Practitioner, ST Engineering

Group Registration

Interested schools/institutions from Singapore and Malaysia may download the group registration form here and submit your student’s accurate information to us at marketing@icdlasia.org Please kindly remember to attach the completed group registration form when you write in to register with us.

If you are from other territories please kindly contact ICDL Accredited Test Centre in your country to register.  Alternatively, you may contact marketing@icdlasia.org for more information.

The group registration is open from now until 10 May 2023.

Individual Registration

Interested contestants from Singapore and Malaysia may complete this online registration form to submit your registration with ICDL Asia. If you are from other territories please kindly contact ICDL Accredited Test Centre in your country to register.  Alternatively, you may contact marketing@icdlasia.org for more information.

The individual registration is open from now until 10 May 2023.

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