Geeks in Cambodia http://geeksincambodia.com Geeks in Cambodia Tue, 11 Dec 2018 04:31:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 Seedstars Asia Summit 2018: A Retrospective http://geeksincambodia.com/seedstars-asia-summit-2018-a-retrospective/ http://geeksincambodia.com/seedstars-asia-summit-2018-a-retrospective/#comments Tue, 11 Dec 2018 04:31:51 +0000 Eldon Lee http://geeksincambodia.com/?p=22855 The conference, part of the Seedstars World competition, concluded a six-month ... More]]> The Seedstars Asia Summit x True Digital Park Conference closed their sixth Asian tour with a bang, bringing together their 14 Asian finalists with a diverse crowd of investors and stakeholders together in Bangkok, and Geeks in Cambodia was there to find out more.

The conference, part of the Seedstars World competition, concluded a six-month long tour scouting for the best startups in Asia, and brought together Asia’s startup movers and shakers ahead of the finals of the competition, the final Seedstars Summit in Switzerland in April.

Over 350 participants from 15 countries took part in the three-day Bangkok event, and Joonaak Delivery was there to represent Cambodia. Organised in partnership with Thailand’s innovation hub True Digital Park, activities included a growth bootcamp, private mentoring sessions, an investor forum, an ecosystem tour, and a workshop where attendees participating in deep discussions.

Geeks took part in the workshop themed “Startup Ecosystem Building for Economic Growth and Development”. Photo credit: Seedstars

Geeks was able to share ideas and experiences in the workshops, including a particularly interesting one titled “Startup ecosystem building for economic growth and development” and it was great to see Cambodian entrepreneur Chanda Pen from Bongloy Payments was one of the workshop facilitators. The workshop discussed solutions to real problems in public policy, compliance, lobbying, talent management, and infrastructure in countries across Southeast Asia, and there were some great ideas proposed on how best to develop high quality ecosystems involving multiple stakeholders, and to how to equip new players.

Cambodia received a mention in the keynote speech of Su Ann Lim, Head of Industry at Google, who praised young Cambodian influencer Nereak Yuth and her use of Youtube to educate and empower peers on using the internet. It was great to see Cambodians being recognised for great digital ideas, and this is a topic that Geeks is working hard to highlight to our readers — young people helping young people. Members of our team are already involved in several mentoring initiatives with Impact Hub Phnom Penh, She Investments, UN Women, but as the speakers in the “Women in Tech” panel highlighted, there is still so much work to be done to support women founders and entrepreneurs. Geeks is looking to further develop and support initiatives that benefit all young Cambodian’s, and we have a special focus on assisting among girls and young women!

Google’s Su Ann Lim shared about Nereak Yuth, one of Cambodia’s influencers as an example of using the internet for good. Photo Credit: Geeks in Cambodia

The Bangkok event forms part of the Seedstars World Competition, which culminates with 65 finalist teams from around the world competing for the title of Seedstars Global Winner and up to $1 million in equity investment and other prizes in Switzerland in April. We look forward to seeing if any Cambodian startups are selected, and wish every the best of luck!

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Barcamp Battambang Concludes a Fantastic Year in Cambodia http://geeksincambodia.com/barcamp-battambang-concludes-a-fantastic-year-in-cambodia/ http://geeksincambodia.com/barcamp-battambang-concludes-a-fantastic-year-in-cambodia/#comments Tue, 11 Dec 2018 02:14:54 +0000 Eldon Lee http://geeksincambodia.com/?p=22861 More than 2,000 people attended the two-day event, ... More]]> Barcamp Battambang 2018 was the sixth and last Barcamp event in Cambodia for this year, a fantastic run of events around the Kingdom. It was also the fifth Barcamp to be held in Battambang, with this year’s focus on technology and startups targeted at young local adults.

More than 2,000 people attended the two-day event, and more than half were women, which is great to see.

Forty speakers from across Cambodia, including 18 Battambang locals, brought their diverse ideas and knowledge to share their experience in topics such as technology, entrepreneurship, and tourism, explained Chantra Be, the Co-Organiser of Barcamp Cambodia.

“We have engaged more young local entrepreneurs, business owners and professionals to talk and share with their local youth. Half of speakers are local entrepreneurs and business owner here in Battambang,” he said optimistically.

He added that the most popular topics were on running a business, entrepreneurship, and skills such as photography and vlogging.

“After BarCamp 2018, we have proved that provincial youth and business owners need such events to growth their networks, knowledge and understanding of new business concepts, digital technology and the latest innovation trends.”

Geeks in Cambodia looks forward to see what the BarCamp team have planned for 2019!

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SmartSpark: Light a Spark for Young Cambodian Innovators http://geeksincambodia.com/smartspark-light-a-spark-for-young-cambodian-innovators/ http://geeksincambodia.com/smartspark-light-a-spark-for-young-cambodian-innovators/#comments Thu, 06 Dec 2018 09:53:14 +0000 Eldon Lee http://geeksincambodia.com/?p=22851 Calling all young innovators looking to turn their ideas into a startup business! Smart Spark Cohort 2, the second series of incubator programmes hosted by Smart Axiata and Impact Hub Phnom Penh, is set to launch on 15th December 2018!
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By Alicia Leck

Calling all young innovators looking to turn their ideas into a startup business! Smart Spark Cohort 2, the second series of incubator programmes hosted by Smart Axiata and Impact Hub Phnom Penh, is set to launch on 15th December 2018!

Smart Spark is a 3-month programme designed to support young innovators. It aims to find and help innovative startups tackling Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in Cambodia. This cohort will be focused on goals 4, 5, and 10 which are Quality Education, Gender Equality and Reduced Inequalities respectively.

To celebrate the launch of the second cohort, inspirational speakers and experts will be there to talk about the work they do in these fields. This will be followed by a panel discussion focused on how we can use entrepreneurship to contribute in solving disabilities issues in Cambodia.

6 teams tackling issues in these areas will be selected for the programme with one team winning $3,000 worth of investment for their idea.

If you like to take part in Smart Spark Cohort 2, click HERE!

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Data visualisation in Cambodia gets a boost with launch of Data Residents http://geeksincambodia.com/data-visualisation-in-cambodia-gets-a-boost-with-launch-of-data-residents/ http://geeksincambodia.com/data-visualisation-in-cambodia-gets-a-boost-with-launch-of-data-residents/#comments Thu, 06 Dec 2018 01:48:39 +0000 Eldon Lee http://geeksincambodia.com/?p=22847 Are you struggling to make your important data more interesting and visible to wider audiences in Cambodia and the region? Geeks in Cambodia thinks the launch of Data Residents will be of interest.
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Are you struggling to make your important data more interesting and visible to wider audiences in Cambodia and the region? Geeks in Cambodia thinks the launch of Data Residents will be of interest.

The group is intended to share ideas, tips and solutions to boost the quality and variety of data visualisation in Cambodia, and allow students, statisticians, programmers, market researchers, data scientists and anyone with an interest to learn, grow and experiment.

For their launch event at eHappy Damrei cafe on street #174 on December 13 at 6:30pm, there will be a talk on unlocking the best features in the software you are already using at home, school or in the office, and see how Business Intelligence software can literally change your world.

For an example of what attendees will learn, check out this dashboard that allows users to click on the various charts and words, to bring up specific data and visualisations.

For more information on the event, visit their site HERE or see you there!

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Calling All Young Cambodian Women in STEM! http://geeksincambodia.com/calling-all-young-cambodian-women-in-stem/ http://geeksincambodia.com/calling-all-young-cambodian-women-in-stem/#comments Tue, 04 Dec 2018 11:04:12 +0000 Eldon Lee http://geeksincambodia.com/?p=22831 Despite Cambodia’s progress in women’s rights and increases in the number of girls having ... More]]> Geeks in Cambodia is excited to be the Cambodian outreach partner of Wedu Global, a social enterprise based in Bangkok that is calling for 400 young women interested in STEM careers and education to be part of their Rising Stars programme!

Despite Cambodia’s progress in women’s rights and increases in the number of girls having access to education, in 2017 the Kingdom was ranked 99 out of 144 countries in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index (WEF GGI), and Wedu hopes to help change that.

As part of Rising Stars, Wedu offers mentoring along with financial assistance in the form of Future Income Sharing Agreements (FISA). FISA gives young women a chance at further education by providing funding that is repaid flexibly.

Unlike bank loans, payments are only made due when the young women are employed or earning an income. Repayments are then used to fund future generations of Rising Stars, keeping the programme sustainable and giving even more women opportunities.

Wedu – an acronym from Women’s Education – has mentored and financed over 700 young women in 24 countries, giving opportunities to women in developing countries, and now they are looking for 400 Cambodian women. Their programme in the Kingdom will provide both online and in-person training, mentoring for personal development, and career coaching.

If you’re a Cambodian student, graduate, or young professional interested in a career or education in STEM, sign up HERE! For more information on the programme, go HERE.

Wedu is also looking for volunteers to support their initiatives in Cambodia, with a commitment period until February of 2019. Become a volunteer HERE!

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