Geeks in Cambodia Geeks in Cambodia Mon, 13 Aug 2018 11:09:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 THE TOP 3 TEAMS AT TOYOTA IMPACT CHALLENGE Mon, 13 Aug 2018 11:09:26 +0000 Desyre Foo Three teams remain in the Toyota Impact Challenge following the latest round of pitching aimed at finding the best business solutions for making Cambodia a smarter, greener and safer country with the top three startups selected to turn their business idea into reality.

After four months of brainstorming, idea refining and mentoring, six startups had the opportunity to pitch their ideas, with the following three teams coming out on top:

  1. Rushero — An on-demand delivery service that deliver items in under 60 minutes anywhere in Phnom Penh.

  1. TosJis — A public transport app that provides real-time updates on buses, and the ability to plot own routes to aid commuters. They look to put GPS trackers on all buses to provide instant and accurate arrival and departure times. Collaborations with tuktuk companies to fetch users to complete their last-mile will reduce not only car and motorcycle congestion, but pollution.

  1. Smart Bin — An incentive-based business idea where users are rewarded for recycling their plastic bottles and cans in exchange for points that will enable credit and discounts. The team has already developed a prototype that is powered by solar energy and have big prospective partners in the line-up for their prototype testing happening soon.

Sarath Uch, founder of Rushero, was excited about reaching the incubation stage.

“It’s been an amazing experience to learn and improve our business model and to be more sustainable with a positive impact for the future of transporting goods. With the strong support of Impact Hub Phnom Penh & Toyota, we believe that we can make much more progress in the next 6 months.”

Congratulations to the Top three winners that can look to a six months incubation programme, personalised mentoring, free workspace and a chance to win $10,000 cash funding for their startup in the final pitching happening in January 2019.

Photo Credits: Impact Hub Phnom Penh

Photo Credits: Impact Hub Phnom Penh

The judges commended the other three teams for their vision to improve Cambodia’s road safety, transport system and environment. They were:

  1. iPromise — The first app in Cambodia that allows drivers to track their driving speed to promote road safety in return for car or life insurance discounts. When an incident occurs, the app notifies emergency services and their assigned relatives immediately.

  1. JisDer — An app that encourages car and motorcycle pooling to reduce traffic congestion in Phnom Penh.

  1. ABike — A bicycle rental service for as little as $1/hr which promotes a healthier way of commuting the city. It hopes to encourage cycling, a cheap and easy financial option fitted for everyone’s needs.

The three non-finalists will receive the opportunity to opt into the Impact Hub Phnom Penh’s Hub Entrepreneurs Club where they can receive support and feedback regarding their business ideas.

Olivia Hough, Managing Director of Impact Hub Phnom Penh expressed her confidence with the growing startup scene in the Transport & Environment sector.

“We couldn’t be prouder of the teams who pitched, all showing their passion and commitment to important urban causes in Phnom Penh. We’re excited to work with the three finalist teams over the next six months, and see how they grow and flourish along the way. We were blown away with the turn out last night, it’s been incredible to see such a fast growing interest in the startup scene in Cambodia.”

The event had an overwhelming response of 140 attendees, and a panel of judges consisting of Bunhay Ly, General Manager of Toyota Cambodia, Kounila Keo, Managing Director of RedHill Asia (Indochina), Sovann Kong, Road Safety specialist & Founder of CaMSafe, and Nithya Menon, Firmware Engineer at Okra Solar.

Geeks In Cambodia would like to wish the three finalists all the best as they continue refining and working on their business ideas for the final pitch in January!

Photo Credits: Impact Hub Phnom Penh

Photo Credits: Impact Hub Phnom Penh

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Cambodian Tech Developments Recognised Fri, 10 Aug 2018 11:19:36 +0000 Peter Ford Cambodia now ranks 98th among the 126 countries featured in the 2018 Global Innovation Index, up three spots from last year, marking an encouraging recognition of direction the tech innovation is taking in the Kingdom.

The report, now in its 11th edition, ranks countries on their innovation in such areas as education, technology, ICT usage, and FDI inflow.

Sandwiched between Ecuador, and Rwanda, Cambodia is once again the lowest ranked ASEAN country (Laos and Myanmar were not included), with Indonesia the closest at 85th. Thailand rose 7 spots to 44th, and Vietnam came in at 45th.

“Cambodia is relatively new in the global innovation landscape. Within the ASEAN group, the economy is second after Singapore in FDI inflows and scores relatively well in the state of cluster development,“ the report notes.

(2018 Global Innovation Index)

As the Kingdom’s tech and innovation continues to develop, the trend of climbing the Global Innovation Index is likely to continue. As our 2018 review of Cambodia’s Social Media Statistics shows, growth in social media and digital usage signals a positive direction for the sector.

“We see an exponential increase in mobile data usage as well as a positive shift in digital awareness where Cambodians have started to explore utilizing other digital platforms on top of social media,” noted Smart Axiata CEO Thomas Hundt in our report.

The 2018 Global Innovation Index highlighted e-participation and government online services as weaknesses in Cambodia’s ICT sector, with education spending and university research identified as weaknesses in human capital.

This is not to say that no progress is being made in these areas however, with domestic companies working hard. Smart continues to expand its STEM scholarship programme SmartStart, and fintech companies such as Pi Pay are working with the government to boost e-participation and the provision of more government services with online payment options.

Cambodia’s rich entrepreneur landscape continues to find innovative ways to boost access to technology and education. The recent launch of the Koompi computer being a great example of an innovative way to provide affordable and relevant technology for Cambodians.

If you are interested in learning more about 2018 Global Innovation Index, the methodology used and how Cambodia fares against other countries, the full report can be found here.

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CARTIER WOMEN’S INITIATIVE: OPEN TO ALL FEMALE CAMBODIAN STARTUPS NOW! Wed, 08 Aug 2018 08:11:42 +0000 Desyre Foo The Cartier Women’s Initiative is back, driving change and empowering more female entrepreneurs with their impact-driven startup ideas, and selection this year is open to female-led Cambodian startups!

Attracting women from over 45 countries worldwide, the Cartier Women’s Initiative hopes to provide the resources needed for women entrepreneurs to create a positive impact in their community. The competition is broken down into three key stages:

Stage 1 – Eligibility & Initial Jury Selection

10 to 12 candidates from each region (Latin America, North America, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East & North America, Far East Asia and Southeast Asia), emale ewill be be selected from the pool of applicants based on their validation and scaling-up of project idea.

Stage 2 – Coaching & Business Plan Preparation

The shortlisted finalist will go through a 4-month intensive online and telephone support programme where they will be coached and mentored by experienced coaches.

Stage 3 – Final competition

Finalists will present their business plans to a panel of judges and three finalists from each region will be shortlisted to compete for being a Laureate.

The 14 finalists can look forward to USD30,000 prize money and the seven Laureates will receive a year-long mentoring and cash prize of USD100,000. You are eligible if:

  1. A Women-led business

  2. Generate revenue

  3. For-profit organisation

  4. Have been running for at least 1 to 3 years.

Applications close on the 31st of August 2018, apply now at: or read more about Chenda Chhay, a Cambodian 2018 Finalist of the competition, here.

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CALLING ALL CAMBODIAN STARTUPS AND ENTREPRENEURS: SLUSH SINGAPORE IS BACK! Mon, 06 Aug 2018 02:24:05 +0000 Desyre Foo The world’s leading startup event, Slush, is back in Singapore in September for its 3rd edition with more opportunities to network, pitch and meet top-tier investors.

The event, designed to grow startups of all stages and industries, has four exciting and challenging elements that you can join:

1. Demo Stand

Be prepared to showcase your startup in front of over 3,000 attendees including business investors, media and potential clients. The competitive Demo Stand will see 60 top-class tech-related startups of high-quality pitches and ideas. Think you have what it takes? Apply now!

2. Startup Challenge

This pitching competition is rather different to many others, are you ready for the challenge? With Slush Singapore working closely with electronics giant Philips, startups are challenged to come up with innovative solutions to solve any two of Philips’ problem statements. The 20 shortlisted startups can look to pitch their solutions on the stage at Slush Singapore’s main event. The winner of the Startup Challenge will stand a chance to work together with Philips and their network of clients. Learn more about the problem statements and apply here!

3. Founders Day

A pre-event targeted to only 100 lucky startup founders! Look forward to receiving investor insights and engage in interactive sessions through a tailored programme. Anyone with a Startup Pass can sign up (on a first-come-first-served basis) from August 2018 onwards. Get your Startup Passes here!

4. Slush Matchmaking Tool

Want to meet a compatible investor for your startup or share your startup journey with a journalist? The Slush Matchmaking Tool is the session just for you. All Startup Pass holders will have unlimited access to Slush Matchmaking Tool, launched two weeks before the event. Send meeting invitations to prospective clients, journalists and investors and have access to the Slush Singapore Meeting Area.

Join the premiere startup launchpad of Southeast Asia attended by over 3,000 participants, 360 startups and 250 investors from 70 different countries, and stand a chance to receive excellent funding opportunities, brand exposure and the perfect startup experience on the 14th of September 2018. Learn more about Slush Singapore here or get your tickets now with a promo code of: IHPPxSLUSH from Impact Hub Phnom Penh to get 20% off your Startup Passes. See you there!

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YOUR VERY OWN ANGKOR VIRTUAL GUIDE: ANGKOR AUDIO TOUR Fri, 03 Aug 2018 03:35:31 +0000 Desyre Foo Need a audio guide when visiting Cambodia’s world-famous Angkor Archaeological Park? Dr. Dougald O’Reilly, an Associate Professor from the Australian National University (ANU), has recently released a new mobile application – Angkor Audio Tour — a virtual audio tour guide that offers users a fun and informative perspective as listeners explore the site.

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The Angkor Audio Tour features a map that keeps visitors on track while listening to a narration by Southeast Asia expert, Professor Charles Highman. The audio tour contains unique insights of the numerous temples, aided by the seven year Dr. O’Reilly spent as an archaeologist working in the park.

Dr. O’Reilly looked to showcase the awe-inspiring structures that receive at least two million visitors yearly, and the app seemed a great way to do so, he told Geeks in Cambodia.

“We did a great deal of research to put this project together so that the app can give users a deeper understanding than you would get if you were flipping through a guidebook. It gives you a more personal experience, allowing visitors to block out the crowds and listen to what is before you.”

He believes that the new app will have a beneficial impact on the tourism industry and give visitors a reliable and innovative way to visit the major attractions without abolishing traditional methods such as tour guide services.

“In the past, people used books to self-guide themselves and people who are so inclined can still employ a guide – they may have further questions and be inspired to learn more and seek to hire a guide and certainly will continue to use drivers etc.”

The app is the by-product of An Interactive Guide to Angkor, an iBook that was awarded the Pacific Asia Travel Association Gold Award for Best Travel Guide of 2018. The iBook features an audio tour accompanied by detailed text and graphics. The Angkor Audio Tour, on the other hand, focuses solely on the virtual audio tour.


The Angkor Audio Tour is available for download on both Android and IOS, be sure to get yours or visit the website to learn more about this initiative.

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