Geeks in Cambodia Geeks in Cambodia Fri, 09 Apr 2021 03:50:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Facebook marks Khmer New Year with fun features to keep Cambodians connected while staying apart Fri, 09 Apr 2021 03:50:53 +0000 Veronika Janouchova Khmer New Year is one of the most important celebrations in Cambodia, a time for fresh beginnings and good wishes, and a moment when families and friends come together to celebrate. ... More]]> Stay safe and enjoy Khmer New Year with the launch of brand-new AR filters, Facebook profile frames, and sticker packs for Facebook and Instagram.

Khmer New Year is one of the most important celebrations in Cambodia, a time for fresh beginnings and good wishes, and a moment when families and friends come together to celebrate.

To help people connect with whoever they want, whenever they want, and wherever they want. COVID-19 continues to impact everyone in Cambodia, we need to follow social distancing and limit travelling, but we can still celebrate this moment together online.

Facebook brings its support by helping people to connect with their loved ones and celebrate the joy through the launch of an array of #HappyKhmerNewYear (#អបអរពិធីបុណ្យចូល​ឆ្នាំ​ខ្មែរ) virtual features in collaboration with internationally renowned artist Kantapon ‘Gongkan’ Metheekul who translates his iconic teleport art to fun features made available on Facebook and Instagram for the new year celebration in Cambodia.

Here are some of the new fun ways to celebrate #HappyKhmerNewYear on Facebook and Instagram this year, while connecting with friends and loved ones becomes even more important.

Show off your inner Teleport artist with the new #HappyKhmerNewYear feature pack

Facebook profile frame & AR effect

FB Frame white background


How to use these features?

– To change your Facebook profile frame, tap your profile picture, click on “Update profile picture, choose ‘Add Frame’, look for or type “KhmerNewYear” or ‘KhmerNewYear by Gongkan’ to change the frame.

– For AR effects/stickers, browse Effect Gallery on Instagram Stories or Stories giphy tray and search for the artist’s name “Gongkan”

– Or simply click Link:

– Choose the effect you like or add your preferred sticker to your picture or video!

Don’t forget to add #HappyKhmerNewYear and tag your friends, family and loved ones and spread joy while staying safe this new year!

Happy Khmer New Year!


#HappyKhmerNewYear sticker pack by Gongkan

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Digital marketing skills essential for women business leaders in Cambodia Wed, 10 Mar 2021 03:11:55 +0000 Veronika Janouchova In the online panel Business Chats with Facebook moderated by CEO of Camsolution Technology Omuoy ... More]]> Digital marketing skills are crucial to bridge the digital gender gap and bring more women into the world of entrepreneurship according to women business leaders speaking at a recent online panel hosted by Facebook to commemorate International Women’s Day.

In the online panel Business Chats with Facebook moderated by CEO of Camsolution Technology Omuoy Heang, the entrepreneurs Sreymom Hok and Am Veasna shared their experiences of running a business and stressed the importance of a strong online presence and using digital marketing.

“There is a big gap in digital literacy between men and women, many still think that women cannot manage a business, should stay home and the man brings the money. Sometimes women also think that the word “digital” means IT, which is hard to learn. All this causes the lack of digital literacy,” said Sreymom Hok, the co-founder of an education company The Khmer Lesson.

Sreymom recently became a trainer with #SheMeansBusiness, a programme launched by Facebook and PACT’s WE Act Project, with the support of USAID, to deliver free digital marketing training to 1,700 women entrepreneurs across Cambodia through a series of workshops and online and offline training.

The #SheMeansusiness initiative presents an opportunity for women entrepreneurs to gain the skills necessary to expand and improve their business, and to extend their network.

The owner of BCS Computer, Veasna Am, who has successfully completed the #SheMeansBusiness digital marketing training, has worked in sales and marketing for eight years, training and coaching others as a technical specialist and products manager. With the gained expertise, she decided to start her computer shop.

Thanks to her newly-acquired knowledge, she has been adapting to the online market to keep her business running during the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I believe that women can be leaders and achieve success. When the Covid -19 pandemic hit, my business has suffered enormously, but thanks to my digital marketing skills, I managed to increase online sales and we are prospering again. My conviction is to never give up, even if I didn’t have enough knowledge in the beginning, I kept learning and struggling and always tried to learn from every experience,” Veasna said.

As of January 2021, 600 entrepreneurs have been trained under the #SheMeans business programme and by 2023, this number will be at least 1,700.

“At Facebook, we are committed to creating an environment that fosters entrepreneurship among women. In Cambodia, we partnered with PACT’s WE Act Project to deliver the SheMeansBusiness digital marketing training and equip the entrepreneurs with the necessary skills to run businesses on digital platforms.” said Pheakdey Heng, Facebook Public Policy Manager who also participated in the online discussion.

To learn more about the #SheMeansBusiness initiative, women in business and digital marketing, you can watch the entire online discussion here: Facebook live.

Entrepreneurs interested in #SheMeansBusiness digital marketing training can register here.

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Facebook’s Blood Donations feature launched in Cambodia Thu, 25 Feb 2021 04:18:27 +0000 Veronika Janouchova Globally, millions of lives depend on access to ... More]]> In an effort to make it easier for people to donate blood, Facebook, in partnership with the Ministry of Health’s National Blood Transfusion Centre, has launched the Blood Donations feature in Cambodia. To date, 22 blood cluster centers have been onboarded as part of the joint initiative.

Globally, millions of lives depend on access to safe and sustainable blood supply. Whether it be for regular blood transfusions or emergencies like road accidents, complex surgeries or other complications, access to blood is crucial to save lives. With this in mind, Facebook’s Blood Donations feature has been created to connect interested donors to blood banks and help build a community of support.

“We welcome the initiative and are looking forward to strengthening and digitizing our healthcare system, connecting people to blood donation facilities and introducing people to the voluntary and free national blood donation service. We encourage people who are interested to register and volunteer to donate blood to save people’s lives,” said H.E Mam Bunheng, Minister of Health.

Facebook’s Blood Donations feature has helped increase voluntary blood donations around the world. It gives people aged 18-65 the option to use Facebook to sign up to receive notifications from nearby blood banks, giving them the opportunity to reach out and donate.

In Cambodia, Facebook has partnered with the Ministry of Health and other local organizations to ensure that people have access to credible health information online. This will also help debunk misinformation, such as wrong cures.

“Facebook hopes to build communities that support each other in times of need,” said Pheakdey Heng, Public Policy Manager for Cambodia at Facebook. “Because of the global pandemic, more people are using digital platforms to create health awareness and form support systems. We are happy to work with the government and partners to make it easier to donate and ensure that more people have access to safe and sustainable blood supply.”

Over 85 million Facebook users globally have signed up through the Blood Donations feature to receive notifications from nearby blood banks. This feature is now available in 30 countries, including Cambodia.
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CAMBODIAN GOVERNMENT, UNDP AND EIF OFFER $500K TO HELP KHMER BUSINESSES MOVE ONLINE Mon, 04 Jan 2021 04:48:56 +0000 GeeksInCambodia Cambodia’s Ministry of Commerce has joined forces with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the WTO’s Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) to offer a $500,000 investment to help local businesses go online.

The $500,000 investment has been earmarked by the Cambodian government, the World Trade Organisation’s Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) and the UNDP to help 125 small and medium sized businesses to move online, sell online, and to sell overseas. Sales will be conducted through a new online marketplace [B2B2C] being developed by the Ministry of Commerce.

The funds will be used to pay for grants as well as training programs. A portion of the funds will be set aside for businesses owned by women as well as businesses based outside of Phnom Penh.

The latest funding initiative is expected to form a key component of the Cambodia government’s e-commerce acceleration project (Go4eCam) which aims to boost domestic and international opportunities for small and medium enterprises through a digital platform.

Speaking at the launch of the government’s E-commerce Strategy, Pan Sorasak, Minister of Commerce, said: “The Go4eCAM project is launching at the right time, coinciding with the approval of the e-commerce law and the launch of the E-commerce Strategy. The project will provide many other benefits, including increasing productivity, innovation, business expansion and job creation in Cambodia.”

UNDP resident representative Nick Beresford said: “Cambodia’s new e-commerce strategy, combined with the right incentives and investments, could be a game-changer to propel inclusive growth in the recovery from Covid-19.

“Inclusive investment in people, in skills development and in digital infrastructure for everyone [is] absolutely crucial.”

According to the Cambodian government, Cambodia’s e-commerce sector has grown exponentially in the past decade. The government sees E-commerce and digitisation as crucial to ensure a full, rapid and sustained economic recovery for the country.

The government passed the landmark 2019 E-commerce Law, a set of sub-decrees to ease registration for e-commerce-based businesses, the Consumer Protection Law to protect the rights of online shoppers and businesses and the recently launched E-commerce Strategy.

Australian ambassador Pablo Kang said: “Cambodia’s e-commerce sector is rapidly moving forward, driven further by businesses moving online to mitigate the impact of Covid-19.

“As an EIF contributor and through our projects that support e-commerce regulatory acceleration and uptake, Australia is helping equip Cambodians with the necessary tools and kills to compete in this new economy, ensuring that Cambodia’s digital future will be inclusive.”

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NEW 3D MUSEUM EXPECTED TO ALLOW VISITORS TO EXPERIENCE ANGKOR WHILE HELPING TO PRESERVE HERITAGE Tue, 22 Dec 2020 10:48:51 +0000 GeeksInCambodia Have you ever wondered what it was like to live during the heyday of the Khmer empire? Have you wondered what it was like to be surrounded by all the splendours of ancient Angkorian temples? If so, this time next year you will have a chance to find out as the finishing touches are being put on a museum dedicated to the preservation and understanding of the Khmer Heritage.

The museum, which is a collaboration between tech-specialised Phnom Penh-based incubator Confluences and ‘digitisation for preservation’ specialist Iconem, will open next year in the home of Cambodia’s iconic Angkor Wat in Siem Reap. The opening date is slated for December 2021.

According to the museum’s creators, the museum will be the first permanent virtual museum that allows visitors to totally immerse themselves in Khmer culture by projecting 3D images and videos of the Angkor temples of the past onto the museum walls. The special effect will afford viewers a complete 360 degrees experience.

“The Immersive Angkor project is based on a unique partnership between two startups. Iconem brings its cutting-edge techniques in the 3D documentation of archaeological sites while Confluences brings its perfect knowledge of Cambodia’s institutions and culture. This is what allows us to offer an experience that fits all audiences and everyone involved in the promotion of this exceptional site.” Etienne Tellier, CEO, Iconem.

In addition to helping visitors to understand Khmer culture, the museum’s creators are hoping that the new addition to Cambodia’s tourism sector will help position Siem Reap as a high-end tourism destination. Confluences and Iconem are also hoping that the new concept will generate increased interest and help tackle ‘the slowing growth in tourist arrivals in the region, which started even before the Covid-19’ outbreak.

“We have worked on many projects in tourism, and even before Covid-19, it was clear that the country needed to revamp its tourism strategy. A project like Immersive Angkor can contribute greatly to this because it is innovative and spectacular. I am absolutely positive this museum will be a huge success, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the entire ecosystem.” says Lily Hé, COO at Confluences.

In addition to boosting Cambodia’s tourism industry, museum’s creators are also hoping the 3D digitization of the sites will help preserve the ancient temples from further erosion.

The new museum will open in December 2121.

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