The Cambodia ICT Awards (CICTA) has officially wrapped up its third run in the Kingdom with yet another strong list of winners that would be sure to disrupt the tech scene in our country.
Just as a small recap, CICTA is an annual competition that awards the most innovative ICT achievements with recognition, investment opportunities and cash prizes. Organised by the National Institute of Posts, Telecoms and ICT (NIPTICT), this contest comprises of a selection round, and two more rounds of intense pitching to sectors of private companies, startups, NGOs and public service instituitions. Projects are judged based on their creativity, the benefits brought to society, quality and reliability of the product, and technologies involved in the project.
In fact, Geeks in Cambodia had the amazing opportunity to be part of the judging panel of the semi-finals, and are delighted to share with you the 3 winners that came out tops amongst this year’s 37 applicants:
Gold Medal – JAILBREAK The Game by DirexPlay
An official action mobile game available on both iOS and Andrioid, the app is based off the Cambodian blockbuster “Jailbreak”. Developed by Khmer developers in partnership with the filmmakers, the game managed to reach 20K downloads just 2 days after its launch. Presently, this well-animated game has over 104K players. As the Gold Medal awardee, they have received $10,000 to help in furthering the development of their game.
Silver Medal – Bong Pheak by Open Institute
An employment service launched in October 2016, it specializes in helping workers who did not have the opportunity to pick up modern skills. Bong Pheak broadcasts job opportunities both online and through automatically-built voice versions, delivered to potential workers through automatic phone calls after observing that not all of their target audience necessarily has access to the internet. Currently, this service has already referenced 6,000 positions in 7 months that led to 4,000 applications.
The positive impacts they are making for the community received a $3,000 reward with the Silver Medal, and was also awarded the best performance in the CSR category.
Bronze Medal – Car Registration Automation System by Ministry of Public Works and Transport
A new system developed by the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, it allows citizens to register their cars through online application, and make payments online as well. Two days later, the user can simply attain their vehicle ID card and attached car number plate. Not only does this allow users to save time and money, it also works towards the elimination of unofficial payments and is part of the Rectangle Strategy Phase III of the Royal Government of Cambodia to simplify processes and minimize paperwork. In addition to receiving $1,000 as the Bronze Medal winner, it was also awarded best performance under the Public Sector Category.
Aside from these 3 main winners, other finalists have also been awarded the “Best Performance” in their respective categories. Tesjor, by Pathmazing, a food delivery service that has the entire process of ordering to payment online, was distinguished in the Private Sector Category.
For the Startup category, the title was given to Sokhakrom, an all-in-one participatory healthcare platform. For the Digital Content Category, this was presented to Osjar AR, the first augmented reality app in Cambodia that blends digital elements into every day objects, while Café Robot, a robot with the ability to prep and serve coffee, bagged the title in the Research & Development Category.
“We were really impressed by the quality of the applications we received this year,” commented Mr. Stephen Paterson, Coordinator of McKinsey Mekong Business Plan Challenge and member of the judging panel.
“There is a real entrepreneurial spirit in Cambodia, and we are happy that events like the ICT Awards exist to encourage young entrepreneurs and put them in the spotlight. The competition has been tough, but we feel like the three winners really stand out by their creativity and the quality of the products they are offering.”
Adding on to the already exciting rewards that the winners and finalists are receiving, they will also be invited to join the ASEAN ICT Awards that will be held in Cambodia this year in November to compete with the best-in-class innovations of the region.
If you missed this year’s edition and would like to be part of it in 2018, applications will open early next year. To stay informed and in the loop of updates, be sure to follow their Facebook at www.facebook.com/cambodiaictawards or visit their website http://www.cambodiaictaward.com/.