Geeks in Cambodia Geeks in Cambodia Thu, 19 Apr 2018 04:24:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 IoT Asia 2018: Leading the “Pathways to Transformation” for a Digitised Future Fri, 13 Apr 2018 09:54:54 +0000 Louisse Lucenara On March 21 and 22, 2018, IoT (Internet of Things) Asia successfully brought together a mix of industry leaders, community partners and other stakeholders to collaborate on bringing an effectively digitised world closer to reality.

Organised by SingEx Exhibitions and the Singapore Industrial Automation Association (SIAA), IoT Asia 2018 saw more than 6,000 attendees from over 50 countries. Singapore’s EXPO Hall was a hive of activity as participants discussed the event’s theme of Pathways to Transformation.

The 5th installment of IoT Asia had one aim in mind – to pave the way for smart cities and the future of digitisation by addressing the issues that come with progress. In the span of 2 days, the event provided the platform for leaders in tech, start-ups, investors and more to lay out the direction for the future of technology in our businesses, cities and personal lives.

As a fully digitised world is fast approaching, IoT Asia has never been more relevant. Based in the Asia Pacific, the award-winning event is at the heart of the region identified as the focal point of global IoT growth this year. Asia is expected to have 8.6 billion connected devices by 2020 and with progress, comes the challenges IoT Asia aims to solve.

Keeping its goal of paving the way for the future of tech in mind, IoT Asia 2018 narrowed its focus to two main topics, Smart Cities and Industrial IoT.

The first day of the event was dedicated to Smart Cities. Innovative projects, the application of new technologies and case studies were presented through keynote speeches, smaller panels and group discussions to better understand the role of Smart Cities, its possible socioeconomic impacts and current challenges cities are facing.

One of the key opinion leaders present for Smart Cities was Mr Poon King Wang, Director of Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities, Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).

In addition, IoT Asia had its TechSpace dedicated to providing a place for attendees of different backgrounds and specialisations to congregate and bounce ideas off each other or simply geek out over the latest in tech.

IoT Asia 2018 TechSpace Bridging the old with the new – IoT Asia’s TechSpace was decked out in old, iconic tables and chairs from Singapore.

On the second day, Industrial IoT (IIoT) took the spotlight. As described by Mr Oliver Tian, the President of SIAA, the landscape of IoT in Asia has been significantly transformed by the integration of technologies into various industries.

“IoT sectors which include Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Machine Learning and Big Data analytics have already disrupted our way of life, challenge established processes, and threatened conventional progression roadmaps. By fostering of a culture of openness, continued innovation, investment and commitment, our regional IoT ecosystem comprising communities and stakeholders will play a key role in shaping developments and spurring the global environment to adapt and leverage on the profound economic changes to come,” he said.

IoT Asia had over 500 IoT products and solutions displayed from more than 100 companies, high potential start-ups and emerging players in IoT. The 7,500sqm event space was packed with key IoT stakeholders and cutting-edge technology all coming together to discuss the trends, challenges and the future of IIoT.

IoT Asia 2018 AerialThe exhibition space in IoT Asia was busy with over 6,000 in attendance over 2 days.

IoT Asia also marked the launch of The Interchange, an initiative by SingEx that aims to provide a common space for various industry stakeholders to collaborate on solving issues that plague many communities as more people transition into living with technology every day.

SingEx Holdings’ Chief Executive Officer, Mr Aloysius Arlando, said, “The launch of ‘The Interchange’ is a natural evolution based on the needs of today’s business event participants. While expecting to be engaged on multiple fronts, participants are most keen to build meaningful relationships, learn from other industries, explore radical opportunities and derive real business value out of their committed time. By being connected in new ways, both in the online sense as well as within existing and new communities, this helps businesses address industry challenges, seed and test-bed new ideas, accelerate their time-to-market, and achieve commercial success.”

Going forward, IoT Asia will continue to stay in the lead of presenting the latest in tech by providing a conducive platform for companies, start-ups, investors and tech enthusiasts to connect and push the envelope for IoT.

IoT Asia will be back next year on March 27 and 28 in Singapore’s EXPO Hall for another epic showcase of the latest innovations in technology. Don’t miss out on IoT Asia 2019 and save the dates!

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CAMBODIAN E-PAYMENT SOLUTION GETLOY SIGNALS SECTOR’S STEADY GROWTH Thu, 12 Apr 2018 08:46:06 +0000 Desyre Foo E-commerce and cashless payment solutions are rapidly growing in popularity in Cambodia, as people become aware of the convenience of such technologies, and recently launched GetLoy is making it even easier for Cambodian businesses and NGOs to receive payments via websites and e-commerce services.

Launched in November by Geekho (Cambodia), GetLoy facilitates international credit card payments via ABA Bank’s PayWay, and is looking to work with domestic cashless payment providers such as Pi Pay to offer more ways to pay and donate electronically. GetLoy integrates with the WooCommerce extension for WordPress websites to offer secure online financial transactions, and businesses selling their products through social media can use GetLoy payment links, allowing their customers to pay the agreed amount by just clicking the link.

 In addition to GetLoy’s clear use for e-commerce functions, it has also sought to help NGOs in Cambodia quickly and easily get access to donations and funding for projects and activities.

According to Geekho (Cambodia) co-founder Jeff Laflamme, GetLoy has a number of other innovative ideas in the pipeline for boosting financial inclusion and cashless services in Cambodia.

“I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but we are very excited about our upcoming solutions that will greatly simplify how small businesses can sell online.”

 Working with Cambodian NGOs such as the Mondulkiri Project, which provides sanctuary to elephants, as well as commercial shops and businesses from across the tourism industry, GetLoy is offering services that are increasingly expected by young, tech-savvy and adventurous Cambodians. As more and more people join the formal banking ecosystem and get bank accounts, credit and debit cards, and e-wallets, the demands for cashless payment solutions will only further increase, and GetLoy is off to a good start.

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STARTUP WEEKEND CAMBODIA: A RETROSPECTIVE Wed, 11 Apr 2018 10:55:02 +0000 Desyre Foo An idea for electric-powered bicycle rickshaws was chosen as the winner of February’s Travel & Tourism themed Startup Weekend Cambodia in Siem Reap, which appealed to the judges with a focus on clean energy, convenience and business potential.

For 54 hours in February, nine teams competed to win a spot at the Mekong Innovative Startups in Tourism (MIST) Accelerator Bootcamp happening at Ho Chi Minh City in May, and six months of mentorship and networking with industry and business experts, investors and innovators.

MIST director Jason Lusk said the judging decision came down to impact, scalability and innovation.

“It would have a positive environmental impact, and the cyclo drivers would likely be vulnerable, high-need people provided with a new industry in the city,” he noted, adding that it would be a popular way for visitors to Siem Reap’s famous Angkor Wat Archaeological Park

The Cyclo team presented their offering of clean-energy bicycle rickshaws as filling a gap in the current transport offerings, and allow visitors to enjoy the temples at a leisurely pace and in a unique way.

Siem Reap Walks was given the “best validated” prize for its tourist website idea, providing amongst more traditional services a live-chat function to answer tourists’ questions. The team’s focus on involving local travel companies in the process of assisting tourists was of particular interest to the judges.

“Coming here showed me how to go out and prove my ideas. I’m so excited, and I really want to make it happen because it is my passion,” said team member Proeun Panhary, a 21-year-old student.

Startup Weekend Cambodia gave many like Hean Kimheang the opportunity network, brainstorm and develop their ideas.

“As someone with less education than some others here, I don’t know how to start my own business. But this is my idea, and now I have a talented team of two developers and a business student, and we want to try to grow and possibly find funds,” he said.

His team proposed setting up tours for older travellers to experience how Cambodians their age live in the Cambodian countryside. They had the opportunity to hit the streets with their ideas and receive feedback from potential clients and business partners, before returning and creating proof of concepts such as websites and apps.

Some 70 percent of participants who attended this year were Cambodians from Siem Reap Province, and all left the three-day event with new ideas, increased confidence, and a greater understanding of how to develop ideas into businesses.

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TECH STARTUP POLICY ­– SOCIAL NETWORKING EVENT Mon, 09 Apr 2018 11:32:45 +0000 Desyre Foo On April 3rd, the National Institute of Posts, Telecoms & ICT (NIPTICT) of Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPTC) organised a meet-and-greet with new ICT startups of Cambodia at Emerald Hub.

The meet-and-greet aims to create opportunities and connection to help ICT businesses and policymakers to better understand the vision of setting up “Business start-ups in ICT Policy” in Cambodia. The event, attended by private sectors, new business start-ups, co-working space and development partners of Phnom Penh had the opportunity to bring up issues that they were facing and give suggestions that are beneficial to all start-up businesses in the ICT field.

 The event was graced by His Excellency Kan Channmeta, Secretary of State of MPTC, and Dr. Seng Sopheap, President of NIPTICT. The event between policy makers and policy beneficiaries not only demonstrated the partnership between the government and private sectors but also helped brainstormed the best solutions for policy-making in the ICT business.

 The event was insightful and an opportune time for businesses in ICT to network with one another.






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NIPTICT INNOVATION CENTER GROUND-BREAKING CEREMONY Thu, 05 Apr 2018 08:02:12 +0000 Desyre Foo On the 30th of March 2018, the National Institute of Posts, Telecoms, & ICT (NIPTICT) celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony of the 7500m2 Innovation Center, at the NIPTICT campus to the north of Phnom Penh.

The 4-story center will include a research laboratory, start-up and coworking space, and facilities for public and private agencies with an ICT focus to collaborate and network, with the overall aim being to provide a space for students, experts and public officials to research, discuss and develop creative and innovative ideas and solutions for Cambodia.

His Excellency Tram Iv Tek, Minister of Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPTC), highlighted the Innovation Center’s intended role in linking government, educational institutions and the private sector.

“[It is important] to develop human resources that are high quality, promote innovation based on smart technology, and provide a co-research environment among research institutions, universities, and the private sector as well as increasing local technology knowledge contributing to the increase of economic competitions with other regional countries.”

The center is being supported by MPTC, NIPTICT and Smart Axiata.

“Cambodia needs to establish the mechanism to connect government, educational institutions and the private sector, and the creation of the Innovation Center will set an example for practicing this mechanism connecting the three institutions,” H.E Iv Tek added.

The center is being funded using the government’s Capacity Building and Research & Development Fund (R&D Fund), which comes from the 1% payment on gross revenue from Cambodia’s telecom operators. It is intended to promote human resource development, research and innovation development of ICT in Cambodia, as well as encourage the creation of new ICT businesses.

According to Smart Axiata CEO Thomas Hundt, the center will help to overcome Cambodia’s existing lack of research and innovation facilities.

“The state-of-the-art Innovation Center will in the future be an important location where academia, government and the ICT community can jointly contribute towards the growth of ICT in the Kingdom.”

The Innovation Center is set to open in 18 months’ time, and MPTC expects Cambodian and international institutions and private sector companies will support the center, and the ministry’s ongoing efforts to develop telecommunications and ICT in Cambodia.




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