The World Economic Forum has forecast that around 100 million new jobs are expected to be created by 2025 due to the changes in how humans, machines and algorithms work. AI – artificial intelligence – and machine learning are poised to be key areas of the growth in new jobs.

To position the youth of Cambodia to capture that opportunity, Prudential, Cambodia’s largest insurer and a leader in digital insurance, recently hosted the Pulse Artificial Intelligence Bootcamp for 30 students from seven different universities to learn basic AI concepts and skills to ignite their passion and prepare them to pursue a career in the field.

Pulse by Prudential (Pulse) is an all-in-one digital health app that uses AI-powered self-help tools and real-time information to help users prevent, postpone and protect against the onset of diseases. A dedicated team at Prudential comprising Cambodian data scientists and AI experts supported the development of the app. These were instructors at the bootcamp.

Students learned the basics of AI during the bootcamp – how they are interacting with AI in everyday life and how to use Google’s Teachable Machine to build basic AI models. Later in the session, they were divided into 10 groups of three members, with each team paired up with an AI expert from Prudential who helped them build a usable AI application.

"AI is fast becoming strategic for many companies across the world, and it is transforming the ways that we operate. It is also accessible to anyone with any background if they are willing to learn. Therefore, we wanted to give students the opportunity to understand artificial intelligence and machine learning, along with exposure to opportunities that this industry will shape.

"If more people are AI literate and can start to participate and contribute to this sector, the country as a whole will benefit," said Prudential Cambodia CEO Sanjay Chakrabarty.

"This bootcamp is one of the most exciting events that I have participated in. As an International Relations student, I had never thought that I would be able to build an AI application – but I did! Thank you Prudential and the team for this great opportunity," said Paragon International University student Colinna Uy.

About Prudential Cambodia

Prudential (Cambodia) Life Assurance PLC (Prudential Cambodia) began operations in January 2013. By providing tailored life insurance solutions to individuals and families, and conducting insurance seminars for the public, Prudential Cambodia helps Cambodians protect and secure their financial future. Prudential Cambodia is a wholly owned subsidiary of Prudential plc.

Prudential plc provides life and health insurance and asset management, with a focus on Asia and Africa. The business helps people get the most out of life, by making healthcare affordable and accessible and by promoting financial inclusion. Prudential protects people’s wealth, helps them grow their assets and empowers them to save for their goals. The business has more than 17 million customers in Asia and Africa, and is listed on stock exchanges in London, Hong Kong, Singapore and New York.

Prudential plc is not affiliated in any manner with Prudential Financial, Inc, a company whose principal place of business is the US, or with The Prudential Assurance Company Limited, a subsidiary of M&G plc, a company incorporated in the UK.

About Pulse by Prudential

Pulse by Prudential (Pulse) is an all-in-one digital health app and the first of its kind in Asia and Africa to offer holistic health management. Using AI-powered self-help tools and real-time information, the app serves as a 24/7 health and wellness partner for users, helping them prevent, postpone and protect against the onset of diseases.

Pulse is part of Prudential’s region-wide strategy to provide affordable and accessible healthcare to everyone across Asia and Africa by leveraging digital technologies and best-in-class partnerships.

Following the regional launch in Malaysia in August 2019, Pulse is now available in a total of 11 markets in Asia and six in Africa, and includes a growing suite of value-added services, such as a symptom checker and health assessment, personal wellness services, and video consultations with certified doctors and specialists.

Since its launch, Pulse has been downloaded more than 30 million times in Asia and Africa. Pulse is currently available on Apple’s App Store and Google Play in Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam in Asia. In Africa, it is available in Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda and Zambia.