Geeks in Cambodia Geeks in Cambodia Fri, 17 Jan 2020 08:05:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Breaking the silence with Grab For Good Fri, 17 Jan 2020 07:53:53 +0000 Veronika Janouchova How can we bring this positive change for everyone including vulnerable groups?
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Digital technologies are affecting most areas of human lives including economy, work, finance or transportation. One of the current challenges of digitization in Cambodia is to ensure that these technologies will have a positive impact on the entire society.

How can we bring this positive change for everyone including vulnerable groups?

For Grab, the answer is a new programme ‘Break The Silence’, an initiative to make the ride-hailing platform more accessible and inclusive. The initiative, launched under the ‘Grab for Good’ social impact programme, aims to open up more income opportunities for the deaf and Persons with Disabilities.

“Grab is committed to promoting digital empowerment, accessibility and inclusion for all in Southeast Asia.(…) We want everyone, regardless of background or ability, to have access to financial independence and have peace of mind whenever they use our products and services,” said Hashim Alkaff, Country Head of Grab Cambodia.

Regionally, the programme has attracted 600 deaf driver-partners so far. In Cambodia, Grab will work with the Deaf Development Programme (DDP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Cambodia to implement the project.

As part of ‘Break the Silence’, Grab will include message prompts to alert passengers that they have been paired with a deaf partner, GrabChat feature for better communication, in-vehicle communication flip cards and training and on-boarding materials with local subtitles and sign language for driver partners.

Driver partners welcomed the new initiative “I initially felt worried about being Grab driver-partner because purchasing a tuk tuk was very expensive and I wasn’t sure if I could afford the monthly installment. However, I was encouraged by family and friends to sign up with Grab as a tuk tuk driver. Now, I’m happy with the income I bring home, which also allows me to cover my monthly tuk tuk installments,” commented Kong Sovanley, a deaf Grab driver-partner.

Together with ‘Break the Silence’, Grab also launched an Anti-Human Trafficking training programme for driver-partners, to raise awareness about human trafficking.

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Grab aims to bolster human trafficking reporting in Cambodia Thu, 16 Jan 2020 10:43:40 +0000 Phearun Chhorn Around 10,000 Grab driver partners will be equipped with knowledge how to ... More]]> Southeast Asia ride-hailing giant Grab today announced the launch of its first anti human trafficking program under ‘Grab for Good’ initiative in Cambodia, with the support of Interior Ministry’s National Committee for Counter Trafficking and NGOs partners Liberty Shared and Child Helpline Cambodia.

Around 10,000 Grab driver partners will be equipped with knowledge how to identify and report suspicious human trafficking activities in the next six months, both via in-class training sessions and driver-app learning programme.

Hashim Alkaff, Grab Cambodia Country Head, said “we are acutely aware that our driver-partners can unknowingly be the first point of contact for traffickers and their victims at airports, train stations or bus terminals. This is why we are tenacious in proactively engaging in partnerships with Liberty Shared and Child Helpline to address this issue.”

The program aims to raise awareness of human trafficking and encourage driver partners to report suspicious activities and respond appropriately.

Mr. Sean Sok Phay, Executive Director at Child Helpline Cambodia said, “I am passionate about the working approach Grab has undertaken to train and motivate its driver-partners to report any signs trafficking, exploitation and abuse (…) we can immediately attend to any calls or reports made by Grab’s driver-partners.”

More than 9 million drivers, delivery and merchants have registered with Grab in which provide private car, motobike, taxi, carpooling and food delivery services in the region, according to Reuters.

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Pi Pay to ink merger deal with SmartLuy Tue, 14 Jan 2020 10:08:35 +0000 Phearun Chhorn The details of the agreement, which would require approval from the Cambodian government and the ... More]]> One of the country’s leading mobile operators Smart Axiata announced yesterday that its digital service SmartLuy has signed an agreement to merge with a local mobile payment platform Pi Pay, looking to attract more merchants and customers to its platform.

The details of the agreement, which would require approval from the Cambodian government and the National Bank of Cambodia, are being disclosed.

“As Cambodia’s leading mobile telecommunications operator, it is natural for us to consider options to strengthen our digital business portfolio after having introduced various innovative, lifestyle and entertainment value propositions for our customers. We are delighted to have found a partner with similar drive in promoting digital finance inclusion in the Kingdom, and we look forward to complete this transaction soon and see the fruits of this successful merger, “ said Thomas Hundt, CEO of Smart Axiata.

According to Pi Pay, under the agreement, all SmartLuy’s business would merge into Pi Pay and its features would be integrated into the Pi Pay app, users will then have access to new services.

The most immediate change is the upcoming launch of a new Pi Pay app at the end of January, which will offer features such as cashback and coupons.

“As Cambodian fintech market is quickly evolving, crowded and scattered across various business verticals, market consolidations are welcomed and unifying notions that will further support financial inclusion in the country. Pi Pay, with addition of SmartLuy’s agent network, and support from smart Axiata, will continue to push support the industry focus on partnerships, synergies and the adoption of digital payments,“ said Tomas Pokorny, CEO of Pi Pay.

According to a 2019 report by Mekong Strategic Partners, Cambodia’s cashless digital payment market has reached 2.21 billion USD in 2019, a 38 percent rise from 2018. The figure is expected to increase nearly double the following year.

Pi Pay has close to 300,000 users, over $350 million in transaction value and more than 4,500 merchant locations across Cambodia, while Smart Axiata currently serves 8 million subscribers which quickly transforms itself into a digital lifestyle brand.

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Nominate digital innovations for the biggest ICT awards in Cambodia Fri, 03 Jan 2020 10:20:27 +0000 Elizabeth Lim CICTA gives innovators an opportunity to ... More]]> Phnom Penh, 3 January 2019 – The Cambodian ICT Awards (CICTA) has just opened for nominations. Take a chance and nominate an e-government service, digital innovation organisation, social innovation technology, digital content, research and development, or innovative tech startup, to participate in the largest ICT award in Cambodia.

CICTA gives innovators an opportunity to showcase their achievements in ICT and opens investment opportunities. Winners will also have a chance to represent Cambodia in the regional and global ICT awards.

The award also aims on providing recognition for achievements and successes of digital innovations in the ICT sector and motivate innovative uses of digital platforms and ICT at ministries, local private companies, startups, social enterprises, NGOs and other institutions.

In 2020, CICTA will have six award categories for the best products or services of the year:

Best E-Government Service of the Year for state institutions that use ICT;
Best Digital Innovation Organization of the Year for companies that innovate and use ICT or digital technologies to make their enterprise better and more efficient;
Best Social Innovation Technology of the Year for private companies or non-government organizations;
Best Digital Content of the Year for private companies or non-government organizations that use ICT to produce digital content such as videos, games or audio files;
Best Digital R&D Of The Year for institutions in the field of ICT or digital research and development;
Best Tech Startup of the Year for newly established companies with less than 3 years from the date of official registration that have made a breakthrough with new ideas using ICT.
Since 2015, 120 nominees have registered and 31 have won awards. In 2019, Tesdopi of Edemy Company won the Best Social Innovations of the Year, Muuve won the Best Tech Startup of the year, and the Jevit project of Demine Robotics won the Best ICT R&D of the Year.

The awards are organised by the National Institute of Posts, Telecoms and ICT, and supported by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications.

Nominations will close on the 9th February 2020.

To find out more, register or nominate your candidate, go to

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Calling All woman Entrepreneurs To Join Our Workshop And Improve Their Business Skills Tue, 31 Dec 2019 09:28:27 +0000 Elizabeth Lim WomenVentures (Geeks in Cambodia and Icube Centers of Excellence) and Sevea have joined forces and built a 12-workshop programme specially for innovative women entrepreneurs in Cambodia. The workshops will be focusing on business skills development and entrepreneurship.
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Geeks in Cambodia is excited to announce a new programme Business skills training for women entrepreneurs.

WomenVentures (Geeks in Cambodia and Icube Centers of Excellence) and Sevea have joined forces and built a 12-workshop programme specially for innovative women entrepreneurs in Cambodia. The workshops will be focusing on business skills development and entrepreneurship.

The first workshop will take place on 4th January from 1pm to 5.30pm at PACT office in Phnom Penh. It will discuss how one can understand the imposter syndrome and help develop self-confidence in a person. It will also look at work life balance and how to approach fear and failure.

Spots are limited, so hurry up and apply here:

The 12 workshops will focus on these topics:

Workshop 1: Work life balance | Self-belief and worth: understanding the imposter syndrome, developing self-confidence | How to approach fear and failure

Workshop 2: Business cycle: understanding various stages of a business as well as the personal and professional implications for each phase

Workshop 3: Design thinking

Workshop 4: Leadership and management basics | Problem solving and decision making

Workshop 5: Initiation to investment types and fundraising

Workshop 6: Initiation to banking finance/accounts | Initiation to legal aspects of entrepreneurship

Workshop 7: Market analysis and market researches

Workshop 8: KPIs and Growth Metrics | Reporting and performances

Workshop 9: Business model basics | Business plan basics

Workshop 10: Marketing and comms essentials

Workshop 11: Networking and entrepreneurial ecosystem || Understanding women empowerment in business and beyond || Hack the pad

Workshop 12: Storytelling and public speaking

The programme aims at boosting confidence, improving business skills awareness, soft skills and long term values.

This programme is supported by USAID and PACT Cambodia.

Visit the Facebook event page here to find out more.

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