Geeks in Cambodia http://geeksincambodia.com Geeks in Cambodia Wed, 17 Oct 2018 10:43:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 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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SHE Investments unveils Entrepreneur Incubator and Accelerator Programme http://geeksincambodia.com/she-investments-unveils-entrepreneur-incubator-and-accelerator-programme/ http://geeksincambodia.com/she-investments-unveils-entrepreneur-incubator-and-accelerator-programme/#comments Fri, 05 Oct 2018 08:31:55 +0000 Peter Ford http://geeksincambodia.com/?p=22539 In Cambodia, 65% of businesses are owned by women, but most of these are tiny and only serve a few people. Bigger businesses are overwhelmingly owned by men. As ... More]]> SHE Investments is well known in the Cambodian entrepreneur community for its fantastic work in supporting, promoting, and developing women-led and women-owned businesses across the country.

In Cambodia, 65% of businesses are owned by women, but most of these are tiny and only serve a few people. Bigger businesses are overwhelmingly owned by men. As part of its efforts to provide meaningful and sustained value to the most promising Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs), SHE has partnered with Development Innovations (DI) and the Commerce and Women’s Affairs Ministries to start a new incubator and accelerator programme for qualifying businesses in the Kingdom.

At the launch event in Phnom Penh, 58 scholarships were awarded from an application pool of more than 350. Each recipient will receive 6 months of programmes that will help participants to scale up their businesses and bridge the gap in the SME sector, explained SHE Investments Managing Director Celia Boyd.

“The programmes will include an additional layer of support to introduce participants to technology tools that can help to improve and scale enterprises, from financial management apps to HR systems, all of which have been created within Cambodia, for Cambodian businesses.”

Geeks in Cambodia was at the recent SHE Conference, and you can read more about it HERE.

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DI Cambodia is a 6-year programme funded by USAID to support tech capacity and development in the Kingdom. More than 70 tech solutions have resulted, including SHE Investment’s business information portal Ngeay Ngeay, noted Kate Heuisler, DI Chief of Party.

“The SHE network continues to serve entrepreneurs as they grow, and become ever more self-reliant. Today, we celebrate all the women who have been chosen to be a part of the next round of the SHE Accelerator and Incubator program, and the incredible team of people who work at SHE Investments,” she explained.

“Economically empowered, successful businesswomen can be a positive force shaping civic and political life in Cambodia and around the world,” Deputy U.S. Embassy Mission Director Michael Newbill told the assembled guests, which included Under Secretaries of State from the Women’s Affairs and Commerce Ministries.

“While you may not see the United States building roads and bridges in Cambodia, we are proud that much of our efforts here are focused on helping Cambodians improve their human resources and develop new economic opportunities,” he added.

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Smart and Government Sign MoU to Develop Cambodia’s Digital Talent http://geeksincambodia.com/smart-and-government-sign-mou-to-develop-cambodias-digital-talent/ http://geeksincambodia.com/smart-and-government-sign-mou-to-develop-cambodias-digital-talent/#comments Fri, 05 Oct 2018 08:01:38 +0000 Eldon Lee http://geeksincambodia.com/?p=22542 Cambodian telco Smart committed 1.5 million USD into two programmes – the SmartEdu Scholarship Program and the SmartEdu University Student Development ... More]]> Smart Axiata recently signed an Mou with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS), and the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPTC), that seeks to develop future Cambodian tech talent in the country.

Cambodian telco Smart committed 1.5 million USD into two programmes – the SmartEdu Scholarship Program and the SmartEdu University Student Development Program (USDP).

H.E. Sarak Khan (left), H.E. Dr. Hang Chuon Naron (center), and Thomas Hundt (right) signing the MoU.

“I am particularly intrigued by the USDP’s comprehensive learning framework that will not only provide knowledge but also encourage ‘learning by doing’,” explained Education Minister H.E. Dr. Hang Chuon Naron.

The announcement continues Smart’s prolific work in developing and supporting Cambodia’s burgeoning tech and ICT environment. Such as their SmartSpark and SmartStart incubation programmes in partnership with Impact Hub Phnom Penh.

During the ceremony, Smart launched the SmartEdu USDP, under which 48 top Cambodian university students will take part in a 13-day stay-in Bootcamp that will provide them with theoretical, experiential, personal, and relational development opportunities through workshops, business simulations, as well as coaching centered around various industries. The winning teams will receive cash prizes while the top five participants will receive a fully-sponsored 2-month work exposure at Axiata Group in Malaysia.

University students can apply to join the USDP before 22nd October 2018, while applications for the next Scholarship Program cohort closes on 10th October 2018.

For more information on the programme go HERE!

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