Geeks in Cambodia Geeks in Cambodia Tue, 16 Jan 2018 08:55:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Food for Thought with Impact Hub’s Breakfast with the Expert Session– How To Attract Media Attention: PR Tips for Startups and SMEs Tue, 16 Jan 2018 08:55:46 +0000 Samantha Fuentes Just launched your startup and looking for ways to get the word around about your newly-found business? Not sure about how to go about communicating your brand to the world? Well, you are in luck because Impact Hub Phnom Penh is having its monthly Breakfast with the Expert session on 23 January, from 8.30 to 9.30am!

As one of its flagship public events, these unique sessions combine a hearty breakfast meal with actual food for thought. Participants can expect to learn more insights and knowledge from industry experts and thought leaders in the Kingdom and gain several valuable takeaways that they can apply in their very own companies or entrepreneurial journeys.

This month, the session will revolve around the overarching topic of “How To Attract Media Attention: PR Tips for Startups and SMEs”, aiming to impart tips and tricks small businesses and startups can engage in to solidify their public relations strategy.

For many small startups and SMEs, they can safely vouch that engaging in public relations can be a major challenge. This is due to the high costs needed just to hire a PR firm or team just to piece together various strategies, media kits and press releases.

With that being said, during this session, participants will get to hear from 2 experts from Quantum Communications Asia, the Kingdom’s leading public relations and media consulting firm, on how they can find alternative methods to engage in public relations and help their own startups generate the necessary press to reach the pinnacle of success.

The two experts who will be present include Mr Julian Rake, Managing Director of Quantum Communications Asia, and Mr Peter Ford, Senior Editor of Quantum Communications Asia. With a wealth of experience in the aforementioned industry, these 2 individuals are more than fit to conduct a power-packed session,

Delving deeper into their individual credentials, here are more details about each of the speakers:

Mr Julian Rake

Before becoming the Managing Director of Quantum Communications Asia, Mr Julian Rake covered news stories in over 65 countries during his 27-year, award-winning career as a journalist at Reuters and CNN. As Reuters deputy bureau chief in Jerusalem, he led the team that won a U.K. Royal Television Society award for coverage from the Middle East. He is a specialist in television and wire agency news, but has broad experience in all news formats, including digital and social media. Now, he manages Quantum’s operations on a day-to-day basis and works closely with all clients to create winning public relations strategies.

Mr Peter Ford

As the Senior Editor of Quantum Communications Asia, Mr Peter Ford is in-charge of overseeing the production and editing of written content — scripts, press releases, subtitles, content, proposals — for clients. Since 2014, he had been working as a freelance writer, associate editor of The Cambodia Daily, and with Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) where he was involved in monitoring media coverage of the court, as well as producing press releases and media updates. In the past ten years, he has been living and working across Asia, from Japan to Kazakhstan, and Cambodia; which has been his home for two years now.

So if you are interested in attending this event, do get your hands on some tickets now as spaces are very limited! Tickets will be going at $10 for non-members and $3 for Impact Hub members, which you can buy through Abigail at

For more information on Impact Hub Phnom Penh, you can go to their website or head down to their Facebook Page and to find out more about Quantum Communications Asia, you can take a look at their website or Facebook Page as well.

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Connecting Cambodian Entrepreneurs With The World: Impact Hub Community App Launch Mon, 15 Jan 2018 06:57:06 +0000 Samantha Fuentes Impact Hub’s Community App is finally being launched to Impact Hub Phnom Penh’s members today! Developed by the Impact Hub Global Team, this app allows members of Impact Hub from all over the globe to join groups, discussions, projects; as well as search for exciting events, job opportunities and useful contacts within the community.

With Impact Hub being a global entity with branches spanning in over 95 cities internationally, the launch of this new Community application presents members with the amazing chance to identify other passionate and like-minded individuals who work in similar fields. This especially comes in handy in the increasingly online world we are living in today!

Zooming in to a more local context, over 80 of Impact Hub’s Community members are Cambodian entrepreneurs– all of whom are trying to create a positive impact through their exciting ventures. Many have joined the community through Impact Hub’s wide plethora of programs, which include SmartStart, Cellcard Labs, EPIC incubator, and the Hub Entrepreneur Club. Additionally, Impact Hub currently supports over 35 Cambodian startups through programs, incubation, mentoring and coaching. With that, the introduction of this application to the Kingdom will definitely prove to be an avenue for Cambodia’s bright innovators to leverage on to venture and explore new horizons.

Furthermore, through digitally connecting its 16,000 strong membership with the app, it helps to transform the way entrepreneurs, impact makers and members connect and collaborate as a whole. Ultimately, it helps to foster and unite a global community that can make an impact in many different ways.

For Impact Hub, they truly can see the huge potential in this project, especially in driving global collaboration in the social impact sector. As the Managing Director of Impact Hub Phnom Penh, Olivia Hough, mentioned, “The Community App has unlimited potential for entrepreneurs around the world. It’s great to see our global community digitising and using technology to evolve our offering to our members. We embrace this globalisation and can’t wait to see the collaborations that emerge between Cambodia and afar as a result​.”.

 All members will have access to the app when they register as a member of Impact Hub Phnom Penh. However, for those who are not members but would like to benefit from the app, they can alternatively register as a Hub Connect member instead. This app will be available on both iOS and Android devices, as well as on web browsers.

So if you are ready to connect with other passionate innovators and be part of a cohesive Impact Hub community, you can download the app for yourself here, if you are an Android user, or here for iOS users. Also, for more information on Impact Hub Phnom Penh, you can visit their website or head down to their Facebook Page too!

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Connect with the Cambodian Tech Ecosystem: The GlobalSouthTech’s Phnom Penh Meetup Fri, 12 Jan 2018 07:59:50 +0000 Samantha Fuentes Originally starting out in New York City, the GlobalSouthTech has outstandingly shown its global prowess by expanding to over 43 different cities worldwide and organising more than 60 meetups in places like including Miami, Mexico City, London, Dubai, Singapore, Seoul, Jakarta, Tel Aviv, just to help connect tech enthusiasts. This time, the GlobalSouthTech will be shaking things up by holding their very first meetup in Phnom Penh on 15 January at the Emerald Hub, from 5.30 to 8pm!

In regards to the GlobalSouthTech’s goal for this meetup, they aim to create a cohesive global community through fostering and creating cross-border partnerships in the area of investments, AI, fintech, Technology-Media-Telecom, Ed-tech, e-commerce and product market expansion between the Cambodian tech ecosystem and the emerging markets of the Global South. This includes markets in regions like China, Latin America, Africa and Southeast Asia.

 With that, participants can expect to be part of a power-packed agenda during the 2 and a half hour event, which will include hearing thoughts and ideas from expert speakers and a chance to network.

 The event will firstly kick off with a guest panel discussion, which will feature some of the most prominent and knowledgeable tech players in the Kingdom. From this, participants can definitely expect to gain invaluable information and insights about the local tech scene, as well as on other aspects in line with the relevant speakers’ extensive expertise.

Delving in deeper, here is a lineup of exciting panel speakers who you can expect on Monday:

  • Divon Lan, Managing Director of Black Paw Ventures

  • Langda Chea, Founder of BookMeBus

  • Gordon Peters, Partner at Mekong Strategic Partners and Ex-Managing Director of Emerging Markets Consulting (EMC)

  • Shivam Tripathi, Co-founder of CamboTicket

  • Mélanie Mossard, Community Director at Impact Hub Phnom Penh

 Besides that, the event will also be hosted by Adrian Avendano, the founder of the Latin America Tech Meetup and the GlobalSouthTech. For additional information on the individual speakers, you can read more at their event listing page.

 After this, the event will set forth time for attendees to mingle and meet new like-minded individuals, who are also passionate about tech ecosystem. This is the perfect window of opportunity for all those attending to discuss new ideas, learn from one another and maybe even, collaborate!

 This event is also heavily supported by MOX, the Mobile Only Accelerator, which helps the best mobile startups from around the world acquire millions of users in Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, and South America; as well as Chinaccelerator, a leading startup accelerator in China, that provides a mentorship-driven program to help internet startups from around the world cross borders – from the world into China and from China to the world.

 If you are interested in participating in this awesome meetup, you can register for free and find out more in-depth information here. You can also take a look at their website at or keep updated with their 43-city community page at too!

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Budding Youth Eco-Innovators in Cambodia Invited to Apply for Impact Hub’s Youth Eco Labs Thu, 11 Jan 2018 11:26:58 +0000 Samantha Fuentes Are you a youth entrepreneur who is passionate about making a difference to the environment? Or do you have an exciting and fresh innovative idea to alleviate any threats to the environment? Well, if you answered ‘yes’ to both of the questions above and are seeking to kickstart your eco startup now, Impact Hub’s Youth Eco Labs may be the perfect platform to leverage on!

Generously supported by Cambodia’ US Embassy and just recently launched in January 2018, Youth Eco Labs is an intensive 3-month programme, which aims to support youth in developing high-impact businesses that can solve some of the nation’s most pressing environmental worries!

“Youth Eco Labs’ goal is to help aspiring entrepreneurs turn their passion for environmental impact into viable social business models, which can really start to see improvements in various challenges facing the country,’’ says Melanie Mossard, Director of Community at Impact Hub Phnom Penh.

With this in mind, the programme will see 10 teams participate throughout the 3-month entrepreneurship support programme and will Theocus on budding entrepreneurs who have an initial idea or who have started early work on an innovation that can solve an environmental challenge – from waste management to pollution, deforestation, and animal welfare.

During the programme itself, participants can expect to go through a series of invaluable masterclasses, attend exciting field trips and coaching circles, as well as pitch their ideas on a public platform. To delve in deeper into each of the following features, here is a brief description of each segment:


Starting from the first week of February, a series of 10 masterclasses will be held once a week and they will cover topics pertaining to entrepreneurship, environmental impact and leadership.

The exact topics they plan to cover will be as follows:

  1. Understanding the broad context of environmental issues in Cambodia and the environmental, social and economic impact.

  2. Understanding your user using human-centered design thinking to understanding how the problem affects individual users and communities.

  3. Designing the innovative solution, thinking creatively to ideate innovative solutions.

  4. Rapid prototyping to build lean models to test the solution with potential users and critical thinking to analyze results.

  5. Delivering the solution, analyzing opportunities, understanding and designing business models through which to deliver the solution.

  6. Strategic planning to identify long-term goals and short-term objectives to reach these goals.

  7. Communication and storytelling to communicate effectively through social media and offline.

  8. Mindful leadership skills in fair, balanced and thoughtful leadership.

  9. Building high-performance teams.

  10. Effective decision making, critical analysis and negotiation.

Field Trips

Participants will be awarded with an exposure field trip to experience environmental challenges, further research their idea and test their innovation with potential users. This allows teams to further explore their ideas in the real world and market.

Mentoring and Coaching Circles

Each team will be matched with a personal mentor who will provide 1-on-1 personal advice and support throughout the program. Youth Eco Labs Coaching Circles will also be held, where participants come together to share challenges and provide one another with solutions and advice. From here, participants can learn more from the expert speakers and well-known entrepreneurs who will be sharing more about their own experiences and will be giving invaluable advice.

Demo Day

To mark the end of the Labs with a big bang, all teams will present their ideas at a public event, where they will receive advice from a expert panel, which includes representatives from the US Embassy, Impact Hub and other environmental advisors; to develop their ideas further and be presented with completion certificates. Furthermore, outstanding teams who have shown the most potential will be awarded a 1-year Impact Hub membership for further support to turn their ideas into reality and provide them with the long term promotion they require.

Overall, through this series of 10 masterclasses, 1-on-1 mentoring and an exposure field trip, selected individuals or teams will experience all aspects of how to develop a strong social impact business model, as well as personal skills in leadership, team building, personal responsibility and creativity.

On top of that, at the end of the Labs, each team would have had developed and tested an innovation capable of solving an environmental problem and would have had designed and tested a business model for delivering this impact to consumers.

“Youth Eco Labs is all about practical action over theoretical business planning. We encourage participants to get out and about so they truly understand the problems and rapidly test their ideas with real future users. New entrepreneurs are often nervous about getting out there, but with the support of mentors, program facilitators and fellow participants, we can help build their confidence and see great results fast,’’ says Chhunny Noem, program facilitator.

Laura Smitheman, Programs Director at Impact Hub, also adds on, saying, “We are looking for entrepreneurs who are passionate, motivated and ambitious. We’ll then plug in the main factors we see challenging Cambodian entrepreneurs – access to business know-how, networks and community. A recipe for success!”.

Arend Zwartjes, Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy also said, “The U.S. Embassy is a strong advocate, just like the Government of Cambodia, of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. We support Youth Eco Labs because they too are strong advocates of STEM, and they have a creative approach using entrepreneurship toward solving some of Cambodia and the world’s most pressing environmental issues. We hope this project will create more motivated, innovative leaders for Cambodia.”

If you are interested in applying, all you have to do is complete this short application form, explaining your idea and your motivation for applying to the Labs, before 21 January 2018.

Also, if you require support in completing your applications, you can also contact Melanie at or come to Impact Hub Phnom Penh to speak to one of the managing representatives in person.

To find out more about Youth Eco Labs and Impact Hub Phnom Penh, you can head to their website here or head down to their Facebook page for updates at

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Be part of the world’s largest emerging technologies conferences, EmTech Asia Wed, 10 Jan 2018 11:03:06 +0000 Samantha Fuentes EmTech Asia 2018 is happening from 30 to 31 January at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Singapore! Hosted by the world’s oldest and most respected technology publication since 1899, the MIT Technology Review, EmTech is an annual global emerging technologies conference, which has been also dubbed as the world’s most important conference on emerging technologies that matter.

As part of its widespread popularity, this unique event has grown into a huge global community; having events all over such as in the United States, Europe, South America, India, Hong Kong, and now, Singapore.

Aiming to showcase the emerging technologies that withhold the greatest potential to change our lives and be an access point to the most innovative people and companies in the world, EmTech Asia is an opportunity for all to glimpse what innovation the future holds.

This edition of EmTech Asia will particularly focus on four key themes, consisting of: Digital Economy: Disruption, Transformation & Opportunity, Industry 4.0, Future of Humanity and Rewriting Life. For a more in-depth description of the following sub-themes, you can head down here.

With that, participants will definitely get to experience a inspiration-filled and jam-packed course of events over the 2 days.

Firstly, not only will you get to hear how future technologies will revolutionalise businesses in the next 5 years, but you will hear from the tech companies who are leading this transformation themselves. This includes scientists and technologists leading the next wave of tech breakthroughs and innovations at organisations such as Airbus, Alibaba, Google Deepmind, Hyperloop One, HTC Vive, MIT, NVIDIA, Sony Computer Science Labs, SpaceX, Tencent and many more.

Apart from that, this conference is the perfect time to brush up on your knowledge of the latest tech trends as you will get to hear insights from over 40 industry expert speakers from a wide range of industries; ranging from artificial intelligence to space, genomics and more, as well as 10 rising Innovators Under the age of 35.

Through these series of talks, you will also discover ways in which emerging technologies could impact your business and how to leverage and incorporate disruptive technologies to propel your business to greater heights. For a full list of the speakers you can expect, you can take a look here.

On top of gaining valuable knowledge from some of the top innovators and influential leaders of today, you can expect to network with over 700 like-minded individuals sharing the innovation bug too! These individuals range from CEOs, CTOs, Heads of Strategy and Innovation, Investors and R&D Heads from a whole plethora of technology-driven industries.

So if you are a Cambodian techie interested in being part of the big celebration of emerging technologies in the Asian Region, tickets are currently going for SGD$1795 till 29 January 2018 and you can purchase them here! For more information on the event, you can also visit their website at

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