Geeks in Cambodia http://geeksincambodia.com Geeks in Cambodia Mon, 22 Oct 2018 06:48:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 The Desk: A Coworking Space For All in Cambodia http://geeksincambodia.com/the-desk-a-coworking-space-for-all-in-cambodia/ http://geeksincambodia.com/the-desk-a-coworking-space-for-all-in-cambodia/#comments Mon, 22 Oct 2018 06:48:20 +0000 Eldon Lee http://geeksincambodia.com/?p=22627 More]]> Started in July 2017, The Desk is one of Cambodia’s fresher coworking spaces, yet it has quickly built a solid reputation as a space for entrepreneurs, innovators and creatives. Offering individual desks at $60 a month, The Desk provides an affordable working space and all the amenities you’ll ever need, right near to Aeon Mall 1.

With coworking spaces has popping up all over the Kingdom, Geeks in Cambodia sat down with Norith Kim, the co-founder, to find out more about what The Desk brings to an already crowded table.

(The following interview has been edited for clarity, length and flow)


What can you tell us about The Desk?

Norith: The Desk is a coworking space designed to meet the diverse needs of micro businesses, freelancers, home office workers, entrepreneurs, startups, tech workers, writers, designers, and other professionals. From the dedicated desks to private rooms, the meeting room and event space, [we have] ideal spaces for individuals or teams who feel confined or distracted working from their homes. We offer members workshops, networking events, and access to knowledge-sharing communities of experts.

To build a meaningful experience for everyone who goes to The Desk, we dedicated to building a very friendly, supportive, and engaging community.


How did you come up with the idea?

My team had primarily tried to find a small, affordable and productive environment to start our projects, but it’s hard to find. Perhaps, not only my team that faced this kind of situation but also other startups who have a hard time to find their space to work as well.

By running a workspace business that can allocate the working space for my team and at the same also rent to other teams who had similar experiences on finding one, we can get some profit to support our business growth since we are also in the early startup stage.


What were your team working on when you had trouble finding a place?

We looked for an office to set up a cleaning & pest control business. But after putting all efforts in building Coworking Space, we could not run that business. So right now we keep focusing on Coworking Space and will be ready to launch another Commercial Buildings Platform soon.

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Norith (1st Row, 3rd from right) with the community at The Desk. Photo courtesy of The Desk.


What are some challenges you faced?

As we did not have much capital investment to build our coworking space at once, we could afford to build the ground floor with several private rooms, team desks, and individuals. To expand our space, the money generated from income is one of the sources used to inject for investment until it grows bigger. Secondly, the coworking industry is also our first business venture, and we found it hard to understand the whole concept of the business, that’s why we had approached many people and attended local and regional coworking conferences in order to engage in the community.


What sets The Desk apart from other spaces in Phnom Penh?

Even though its primary purpose is to provide a high quality and advanced workspace, The Desk also acts as a supportive community zone where members can enjoy working while feeling welcome. Also, we are currently focusing on linking our members with funding institutes as most of them are in the ramp-up stage which they need to scale, hire, improve quality, implement new processes and turn ideas into real live businesses. The dedication of building a strong and interactive community is what makes The Desk special.

We would love the people to remember The Desk as a friendly and engaging community where they are provided more than just a workspace, but where they can extend their network and knowledge through a variety of creative moments and events.

Future plans for The Desk?

For the upcoming plans, we are working to build the Mentorship Program, Accelerator Program, and Startup Showcase Program. We are also planning the second premise for next year as well.

Geeks in Cambodia would like to thanks The Desk for sitting down with us. You can check out their Facebook page and website HERE and HERE respectively!

They’re located at #206 Eo, Preah Norodom Blvd, Tonle Bassac, Chamkar Mon, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

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Get Creative with Smart’s UI/UX Design Competition! http://geeksincambodia.com/get-creative-with-smarts-uiux-design-competition/ http://geeksincambodia.com/get-creative-with-smarts-uiux-design-competition/#comments Sat, 20 Oct 2018 07:41:29 +0000 Eldon Lee http://geeksincambodia.com/?p=22624 Are you a creative with an eye for design? Smart Axiata is organising a User Interface/User Experience (UI/UX) design competition at Raintree in Phnom Penh to bring together the kingdom’s best creative talents.
Participants stand a chance to win 1,000 USD in cash, a one year subscription to the Smart StreamOn 8 plan, and ... More]]>
Are you a creative with an eye for design? Smart Axiata is organising a User Interface/User Experience (UI/UX) design competition at Raintree in Phnom Penh to bring together the kingdom’s best creative talents.

Participants stand a chance to win 1,000 USD in cash, a one year subscription to the Smart StreamOn 8 plan, and an opportunity to work with Smart Axiata.

After attending a briefing on the 8th of November, the main challenge takes place on the 10th, featuring a design workshop by guest speakers and customer focus groups for insights and feedback. Participants must then create their designs, preferably using app prototyping tools and present to a panel of judges.

Throughout the day, mentors will be on hand to offer advice from their personal experience in UI/UX design, marketing, and business operations. In addition to the scores from judges, the winners will also be determined through fan voting. The Grand Prize winner will be announced on 19th of November.

Registrations are open for all Cambodian residents, aged 18 and above. Interested participants can register as pairs or individuals and are required to submit a copy of any previous UI/UX work they have done by the 2nd of November 2018. To register, click HERE.

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Cambodian Entrepreneurs: Google Wants Your Story http://geeksincambodia.com/cambodian-entrepreneurs-google-wants-your-story/ http://geeksincambodia.com/cambodian-entrepreneurs-google-wants-your-story/#comments Wed, 17 Oct 2018 03:54:50 +0000 Clara Choy http://geeksincambodia.com/?p=22614 Google Business Groups (GBG) is a community of professionals sharing knowledge about Google Web Technologies for business ... More]]> There is no argument that technology has drastically improved our lives. Google — the global innovation giant, is no stranger to this. The tech company constantly churns out new technologies and products that positively impact and aid society.

Google Business Groups (GBG) is a community of professionals sharing knowledge about Google Web Technologies for business success. GBG Phnom Penh was recently started to focus on building a community of professionals and entrepreneurs in the kingdom.

The annual GBG Stories Search seeks to discover entrepreneurs with inspirational stories, and this year is no exception. Opened to anyone around the world, three winners stand the exclusive chance to have the spotlight on GBG’s website as well as win a trip to Google Headquarters in Mountain View, California in 2019.

 Contestants would be judged based on inspirational quality, the positive impact of their business, as well as the innovative use of Google products.

Geeks in Cambodia would like to invite all Cambodian entrepreneurs to join this year’s Stories Search!

Past winners from Philippines, Brazil and even Nepal have garnered the opportunity to meet tech thinkers, innovators, and business leaders.

If you think you have what it takes to be GBG Stories Search’s next winner, find out more and apply HERE!

Sign ups close on 30th November 2018.

Edited By: Eldon Lee

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Thavry Thon: Innovating Book Publishing in Cambodia http://geeksincambodia.com/thavry-thon-innovating-book-publishing-in-cambodia/ http://geeksincambodia.com/thavry-thon-innovating-book-publishing-in-cambodia/#comments Wed, 17 Oct 2018 02:48:33 +0000 Eldon Lee http://geeksincambodia.com/?p=22566 Young Cambodian author Thavry Thon is best known for her autobiography  “A Proper Woman,” the success of which has convinced her that there is strong enough support for Cambodian-published literature, even if funding it requires unconventional means.
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By: Peter Ford

Young Cambodian author Thavry Thon is best known for her autobiography  “A Proper Woman,” the success of which has convinced her that there is strong enough support for Cambodian-published literature, even if funding it requires unconventional means.

For her latest project, a semi-autobiographical novel exploring the challenges of rural life for Cambodian girls with big dreams, she has turned to crowdfunding to raise the $2,500 she needs to publish the first 1,500 books, and ensure copies can be donated to NGOs and schools across the country.

Geeks in Cambodia sat down with Thavry to learn more about the new project, and her vision for Cambodian publishing.

(The following has been edited for flow, length and clarity)

How would you describe the publishing and writing environment in Cambodia?

For a long time, authors and writers were not very well supported, and reading books has not been a popular past time.

When I was writing “A Proper Woman” I found it difficult and frustrating dealing with many of the publishing firms and book shops across, and felt there had to be a better way!

While the number of quality books published is relatively low, more and more people are becoming interested in reading, and this has helped to drive a demand for well designed and printed books.

What is your plan to support this interest in reading?

I wanted to create a small team that will help to inspire readers in Cambodia by creating and promoting inspiring and motivational books in Khmer. So along with 3 friends, we started “Seavphovjevet,” or Book of Life.

We focus on producing quality books and supporting Cambodian writers with marketing, stock management, proofreading, to make the process of getting from idea to sale as quick and painless as possible.

We also want to help make sure that writers are financially rewarded for their hard work, so we would ensure regular receipt of book sales, rather than the customary long wait that normally occurs here.

How is it going so far?

We already have 6 titles to be printed and distributed. Our goal for 2019 is to produce 10 additional titles.

All of these are physical copies. Our future goal would be to ensure all of our titles are available in ebook and audio formats, to ensure that people with different reading styles and needs are able to enjoy the rich and important work being produced in Cambodia.

We want to be the first Cambodian publishing house that able to compete with the international, and we are confident that the quality of Cambodian literature is able to make this goal possible!

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Coworking Spaces in Cambodia: What Sets Them Apart? http://geeksincambodia.com/coworking-spaces-in-cambodia-what-sets-them-apart/ http://geeksincambodia.com/coworking-spaces-in-cambodia-what-sets-them-apart/#comments Tue, 16 Oct 2018 04:15:00 +0000 Eldon Lee http://geeksincambodia.com/?p=22552
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Picking a Coworking Space in Cambodia is getting harder with places popping up left and right, so Geeks in Cambodia has created this quick infographic to help you find the perfect place for your startup!

Coworking Spaces Infographic - Geeks in Cambodia

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