Geeks in Cambodia Geeks in Cambodia Sat, 27 May 2017 11:38:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 SmartStart Young Innovator Programme Phase 2: Final Pitching is here! Sat, 27 May 2017 05:29:26 +0000 Cheyenne Chia Smart Axiata has been on a roll this 2017 with new programmes and initiatives.

From partnerships with BarCamp Cambodia to aid their efforts in promoting the tech and startup scene, to launching their own $5 million USD Digital Innovation Fund to boost the Kingdom’s digital economy, Smart’s contribution to the tech sector only grows.

But the most anticipated, long running one yet among all their efforts has to be the Smart Start Young Innovator Programme that kick started in February. Aimed at inspiring, enabling and growing technology-related business ideas among Cambodian university students, the programme is separated into three phases.

Now in the final stages in of phase 2, the initial 30 teams in phase 1 were whittled down to 15 after a 2-day Hackathon of workshops and pitching.

In the time before phase 2 started, these 15 shortlisted teams were able to refine their business ideas with the guidance of industry experts and Smart mentors, elevating their ideas and digital offerings.

Subsequently, from 11th to 15th May, these teams then took part in the Technopreneur Challenge in Battambang that marked the start of phase 2.  At this 5-day challenge, they received further advice and direct training that aided their preparations for the final pitching.

Now, these teams are just two days away from the pitch that will determine whether they receive 4,000 USD and a funded incubator program for their digital business idea.

To be held at the Cambodia-Korea Cooperation Center (CKCC) on Sunday, 28th May, all 15 teams will take the stage to showcase their months of hard work in a pitch to a panel of judges who would only select 5 teams to advance to phase 3.

These teams that are deemed to have shown most promising digital ideas will enter a 6-month incubation period where their business plans will be further shaped and moulded into viable business ideas. Out of these 5, the one to show the most progress throughout the incubation will be rewarded with a trip to the rising tech hub, Singapore. There, they will visit the likes of Google, Facebook and Microsoft to gain further valuable tips and advice that will equip them with the knowledge to be successful in the real world.

This final pitch is certainly a significant milestone for all the teams in terms of their innovation, and everyone is welcomed to support these young innovators, the drivers of Cambodia’s digital future.

No admission charge is required for this event that will take place from 12 noon onwards. Geeks in Cambodia would definitely be there to root for all the teams and to let ourselves be inspired by their passion and innovations.

Here’s a short video to keep you up to date of the entire Technopreneur Challenge that happened in Battambang:

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For more information on SmartStart, please visit this link:

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Women Techmakers Scholars Program: Be The Next Scholar in the APAC Region! Fri, 19 May 2017 09:36:51 +0000 Cheyenne Chia Google’s Women Techmakers programmes have made a mark for women in tech across the globe by providing visibility, community and resources for them to excel.

And indeed, Cambodia is no stranger to Women Techmakers’ fruitful efforts with their annual Women Techmakers event in the Kingdom. This year saw the event’s first Hackathon taking place alongside their all-women panel discussion.

And now in May, Women Techmakers are striking back with another programme to aid budding female tech players – the Women Techmakers’ Scholars Program!

Formerly known as the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship Program, this scholarship aims to create gender equality in the field of computer science by encouraging women to excel and become active leaders and role models in the field.

This program was started in honor of Dr. Anita Borg, who dedicated her adult life to breaking down barriers that kept women and minorities from entering the tech scene.

With this programme created in honor of a great woman, it is naturally great in its elements. All scholars, chosen from a pool of female graduate and undergraduate applications, will each receive a cash award for the 2017-2018 academic year. Applicants are selected based on academic performance, demonstrated leadership and strength of candidate’s impact on the community of women in tech.

All scholarship recipients will be invited to attend the annual Women Techmakers Scholars’ Retreat in one of Google’s Asia Pacific offices in 2017, presenting the golden opportunity to connect with fellow scholars and Google mentors.

Scholars will also be given the chance to participate in professional, personal development trainings and workshops that will be offered after the retreat. They will then join a long-term community of other fellow scholars, granting them access to an online network and forum where they can share resources, support the global community of female techies and collaborate on projects to make continued impact.

Eligible applicants must:

  • Identify as female
  • Currently be enrolled at an accredited university for the 2017-2018 academic year
  • Intend to be enrolled in or accepted as a full-time or part-time student in a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD program at a university in Asia Pacific for the 2017-2018 academic year
  • Be studying computer science, computer engineering, or a closely related technical field
  • Demonstrate a strong academic record
  • Exemplify leadership and demonstrate passion for increasing the involvement of women in computer science

Thus far, two dynamic Khmer women, Sok Sikieng and Pichleap Sok, have joined the community of Women Techmakers scholars for the Asia Pacific region in 2011 and 2013 respectively. You can be next to join this prestigious list of scholars!

All you have to do for your application is to have:

  • Your general background information (includes contact information and information about your current and intended institutions)
  • Current resume
  • Academic transcripts from your current and prior institutions (if you have earned a prior degree)
  • Responses to four essay questions

The deadline for applicants is 22 May, so be sure to apply now!  For more information, please visit:

Geeks in Cambodia definitely hopes to see the number of Cambodians increasing on their list of scholars, and truly believe that the budding females in our tech scene definitely have what it takes. With May 22 fast approaching, be sure to secure all necessary application documents and give this application your best shot!

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BarCamp Kampong Cham 2017: Retrospective Thu, 18 May 2017 15:40:01 +0000 Cheyenne Chia In the first weekend of May, two great things happened – the anticipated start of Barcamp Kampong Cham 2017 came on Saturday and was followed by a successful end on Sunday.

The first day of registrations at BarCamp Kampong Cham 2017

Held at the University of Management and Economics, the two-day BarCamp drew in an outstanding crowd of over 250 participants, all of which had the opportunity to listen to conferences hosted by 22 speakers from the city of Phnom Penh and Kampong Cham.

These speakers shared a total of 36 hot topics ranging from entrepreneurial skills to the use of technology in businesses.

The most popular topics were:

  1. 5 points to consider before opening a shop or restaurant by Mr. Seila, Owner of BongHouse Pub
  2. Young Entrepreneur Startup by Mr. Meng Edet, Founder of Mungkolkar
  3. Business Canvas Model by Mr. Pha Sina, Co-Founder of Adoredbiz
  4. Facebook Marketing Strategy for Small Business by Mr. Nhem Chhordaren, IT Assistant Manager of IDP
  5. How to Create Short Films Using Your Mobile Phone by Suy Sokunthea Assistant Producer, BBC Action
  6. Entrepreneurship’s Skill by Mr. Oa Kim An, Founder of SPA Massage
  7. Startup Financial Plan by Ms Chea Mara, General Manager, Emerald HUB
  8. Sale Techniques for Selling Skills by Mrs Yim Vanne, Founder of Anne Art
  9. Google Local Guide for Small Business by Mr. Muon Chamnan, Community Moderator of Phnom Penh Local Guide
  10. Earn Money from the Internet by Tholthoeun Chansovann, Web Developer at Xinwei Cambodia

The local volunteers and esteemed speakers of BarCamp Kampong Cham 2017 

BarCamp Kampong Cham 2017 was supported by the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport, Smart Axiata, and Ezecom, and had 12 local volunteers helping them facilitate activities.

Year after year, Barcamp Cambodia has consistently produced successful conferences that help enrich the scene across the Kingdom, and there is not a doubt in our minds that the following BarCamp will host a spectacular lineup of speakers and topics, just as BarCamp Kampong Cham did!

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Impact Hub’s Ezecom Networking Nights: Apps and Digital Technology Wed, 17 May 2017 05:31:15 +0000 Cheyenne Chia The month of May has whizzed by with such speed, it seemed like it was just yesterday that Geeks in Cambodia announced Impact Hub’s first EZECOM Networking Night.

Now, the second Networking Night, slated to happen on May 24th, has already opened for registration and imagine our delight when we realised that this month’s topic is on apps and digital technology!

Sponsored by Impact Hub’s partner EZECOM, these themed Networking Nights promise to be a gathering of industry leaders, talented graduates, entrepreneurs, similar businesses and relevant guest speakers.

This presents a perfect opportunity to build networks, and with a spotlight on apps and digital tech, this month’s Networking Night would undoubtedly draw in techies, developers, designers, engineers, entrepreneurs, and startups.

With free snacks provided in the cosy co-working space of Impact Hub, you can make connections while sharing your opinions, thoughts and the latest developments in the tech scene with people as passionate about this field as you are in a relaxed environment.

Not to mention, partnership opportunities may also arise, and who knows? You might even develop your next big idea to disrupt the scene as you discuss ideas with like-minded people, or even find your future co-founder!

With an event that presents as much possibilities as this, it is anticipated to be extremely popular, so slots are limited. So hurry and sign up here before spaces run out!

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Impact Hub’s Breakfast with the Expert featuring investment expert Bora Kem Mon, 15 May 2017 08:35:06 +0000 Cheyenne Chia Ever had the thought that it would be great to wake up one morning, have a delicious breakfast paired with a cup of perfectly brewed coffee, and as you slowly savour your meal, an expert is simultaneously spilling all the secrets you need to perfect your pitch and win investors to your budding business idea?

Well if you have (or haven’t but have gotten intrigued by that proposition), then you better save a morning spot on your calendars for Impact Hub’s Breakfast with the Expert on 23rd May.

A monthly event, Breakfast with the Expert is an event that realises the dream of having an intimate discussion with an expert over a cuppa and meal, presenting the chance for questions to be answered on the spot from the mouth of the speaker himself.

This time round, the morning breakfast topic of the day would be tips on winning investments dished out by the invited expert, Bora Kem.

Bora Kem is the investment manager of Smart Axiata’s Digital Innovation Fund, a USD$5 million venture capital that invests in early stage startup. He is also the investment manager at Mekong Strategic Partners, where he advises on corporate strategy and transactions. Boasting over 10 years of experience in the financials services industry in the US as a private equity investor at Equilibrium Capital and public equities investor at Putnam Investment, he was also an early member of the Rocket Internet team in Cambodia, an investment consultant at Leopard Capital, a business development manager at Sandbox Industries, a Chicago-based start-up accelerator.

Backing up his already stellar credentials is his B.A. in economics from Dartmouth College, an MBA in finance from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

If these two paragraphs haven’t clued you in, Mr Bora Kem is extremely well versed in the finance and investor field, and would be speaking on the best opportunities to meet and connect with investors and how to get them on board with your business.

This event is your chance to have all your burning questions on investments answered by the investment expert himself, so hurry and register yourself here: Spaces are extremely limited, and to cover breakfast and coffee, members only have to pay $3 while non-members pay $7.

A pretty good deal in our eyes, especially if this event is where you potentially find the perfect method to obtain investments that kick starts your business.

For more news on the latest startup events, stay tuned to Geeks in Cambodia!

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