Geeks in Cambodia http://geeksincambodia.com Geeks in Cambodia Tue, 17 Sep 2019 10:42:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 SMARTEDU SCHOLARSHIP HELPING 20 TOP CAMBODIA STUDENTS PURSUE THEIR STUDIES http://geeksincambodia.com/smartedu-scholarship-helping-20-top-students-pursue-their-studies-2/ http://geeksincambodia.com/smartedu-scholarship-helping-20-top-students-pursue-their-studies-2/#comments Tue, 17 Sep 2019 10:17:43 +0000 Elizabeth Lim http://geeksincambodia.com/?p=23842 The Scholarship Program is back and open for all Cambodian students who just completed their grade 12 examinations on 19 August 2019.
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Following its launch in 2016, The SmartEdu Scholarship has provided over 50 Cambodian students with the opportunity to pursue a degree of their choosing, and you could be the next one.

The Scholarship Program is back and open for all Cambodian students who just completed their grade 12 examinations on 19 August 2019.

This year, Smart will provide scholarship for 20 top students nationwide. To show support for digital and ICT innovations, 10 places are reserved for students who want to pursue their studies at the National Institute of Posts, Telecoms and ICT.

The scholarships will cover university tuition fees until the students have finished their bachelor degrees. Successful applicants will receive a monthly allowance of 200USD for up to 5 years, as well as the opportunity to attend development programme and CSR outreach events.

So who is eligible for the scholarship?

Grade 12 students who just completed their examinations and plan to take up a degree at any of the universities recognized by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS) or the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications of Cambodia (MPTC). The degree cannot take more than 5 years to complete.

Some important dates:

Application start date: 11th September 2019

Application deadline: 6th October 2019

Face-to-face interviews: 16th – 17th October 2019

Announcement of successful applicants: 21st October 2019

For more information on the SmartEdu programme, visit SmartEdu’s website here.

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DEVELOPMENT INNOVATIONS EXPO 2019: CELEBRATING SIX YEARS OF HARD WORK http://geeksincambodia.com/development-innovations-expo-2019-celebrating-six-years-of-hard-work/ http://geeksincambodia.com/development-innovations-expo-2019-celebrating-six-years-of-hard-work/#comments Mon, 16 Sep 2019 07:53:40 +0000 Elizabeth Lim http://geeksincambodia.com/?p=23827 The event was organised by Development Innovations (DI), a six-year USAID-funded project aiming to help young innovators, social enterprises, technology companies and civil society organisations to design and ... More]]> The Development Innovations Expo 2019 saw over 40 organisations, tech companies, social enterprises and young innovators who have employed innovative solutions to help tackle Cambodia’s development challenges.

The event was organised by Development Innovations (DI), a six-year USAID-funded project aiming to help young innovators, social enterprises, technology companies and civil society organisations to design and use information and communications technology (ICT) solutions.

The event was a celebration of all the people, organisations, businesses, products and programmes that have been a part of that journey.

Participants had a chance to join various workshops, talks and panel discussions including workshops on holograms and infographics, talks such as “Fostering Curiosity and Resourcefulness through Coding: A Coding Cats Case Study” and “The Evolution of BarCamp in Cambodia”. Panel discussions covered topics like “Fundraising Strategies – Outside the Box” and “Mentorship in the Digital Age”.

Booths representing the various projects that Development Innovations has supported.

 Attendees could also visit exhibitions and discover some of the ventures working with Development Innovations, from education projects to different apps, focused on commerce, travelling or even combating illegal deforestation.

Working towards closing the gender gap in the ICT field and ensuring both men and women have the necessary skills and mindsets to design solutions for the digital future of Cambodia have also been a significant parts of the project.

Two of the programs that USAID supports are “WE Act”, a Pact project, and “Women in TEK” by The Asia Foundation and Tek4Good. Both aim to help young women entrepreneurs in Cambodia to reach their full potential, teaching them how to strengthen their skills and connect with other businesses.

 Since 2014, DI has helped Cambodians design and develop 70 new technology solutions that have reached over 1.5 million people across the country.The project provided civil society actors opportunities to connect with the tech sector, design and use ICTs to address critical development challenges for Cambodian citizens.

For more information about Development Innovations, their programs and services, head to their website at https://www.development-innovations.org/ or contact them through their Facebook at Development Innovations Cambodia.

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Join BarCamp ASEAN 2019, the biggest tech event in Cambodia http://geeksincambodia.com/join-barcamp-asean-2019-the-biggest-tech-event-in-cambodia/ http://geeksincambodia.com/join-barcamp-asean-2019-the-biggest-tech-event-in-cambodia/#comments Fri, 06 Sep 2019 04:26:20 +0000 Veronika Janouchova http://geeksincambodia.com/?p=23792 Digital technologies are rapidly changing and to see what they can ... More]]> BarCamp ASEAN 2019, the largest tech conference and exhibition in Cambodia targeting progressive companies, startups, developers, investors, IT specialists, entrepreneurs and other tech professionals, is taking place in Phnom Penh from 12 to 13 October 2019 at The Institute of Technology of Cambodia.

Digital technologies are rapidly changing and to see what they can bring to Cambodia, BarCamp ASEAN 2019 under the theme “Together Towards Digital Future” will look at tech development in the country through digitization, especially digital economy, digital citizenship and industry 4.0.

More than 100 speakers, 50 exhibitors and 100 startups are expected to join and share their ideas with thousands of participants through breakout sessions, tech talks, panel discussions, showcases, exhibitions and during networking sessions.

Last year, the event attracted 10,000 participants and 1,000 different companies, with 100 speakers sharing their knowledge about the latest tech trends, including FinTech, AgriTech, EdTech, HealthTech, TravelTech, GovTech, BioTech, Big Data, Robotics, AI, Cloud Computing, Hardware and IoT and the ASEAN tech startup ecosystem.

Cambodian BarCamp community has been organizing the tech event since the year 2008 all across Cambodia, in Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville, Battambang, Siem Reap, Kampot, Takeo, Kampong Cham, Banteay Meanchey, Ratanakiri and Steung Treng. So far, the team has engaged 50,000 participants including students, professionals and entrepreneurs, 1,000 speakers, 20 universities and 2,000 companies and organizations with the goal of bringing more impact to Cambodian society by sharing knowledge, creating space for innovators and helping develop human resources in different fields.

The event is free of charge and open to all visitors. To learn more and register for BarCamp ASEAN, visit: https://www.barcamp.asia or follow BarCamp’s Facebook page: https://fb.com/barcamppp

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Seedstars Summit Asia will bring together new promising start-ups from the region http://geeksincambodia.com/seedstars-summit-asia-will-bring-together-new-promising-start-ups-from-the-region/ http://geeksincambodia.com/seedstars-summit-asia-will-bring-together-new-promising-start-ups-from-the-region/#comments Mon, 02 Sep 2019 15:14:05 +0000 Veronika Janouchova http://geeksincambodia.com/?p=23785 Phnom Penh, 2 September 2019 – Seedstars, startup community and investor operating in emerging markets, will hold its 4th Asia Regional Summit in Phnom Penh from 27 to 29 November 2019.
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For three days, leading tech entrepreneurs will meet to support Asian startup community.

Phnom Penh, 2 September 2019 – Seedstars, startup community and investor operating in emerging markets, will hold its 4th Asia Regional Summit in Phnom Penh from 27 to 29 November 2019.

To facilitate business and investment opportunities, the Seedstars team will invite over 300 stakeholders and different investors, mentors, ambassadors and partners to the event.

As part of the Seedstars Summit Asia, participants can expect both theoretical and practical bootcamp training on growth models and acquisition channels, pitching sessions, meetings with key investors and entrepreneurs and many networking opportunities.

According to Seedstars, their main focus is on building a strong network for innovation and technology in Asia.

“It’s been an incredibly exciting year for Seedstars in Asia, with the launch of our first Academy and Seedspace in Myanmar, the acceleration program in Cambodia, the launch of the virtual Investment Readiness Program, and the addition of three Pacific Island countries to the Seedstars World Tour,” said Rosie Keller, Regional Manager for Seedstars.

The regional finale of Seedstars World Competition, early-stage startup competition for emerging markets, will also be part of the summit. Hundreds of seed-stage startups from more than 17 cities had the opportunity to participate in local bootcamps and pitch competitions and the best now have the opportunity to represent their country at the event.

The most promising ventures will be then selected to participate in the Seedstars Summit 2020 in Lausanne, Switzerland, compete for the title of the Seedstars Global Winner and win up to USD 500 000 in investments.

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Meet the winners of SmartEdu 2019 http://geeksincambodia.com/meet-the-winners-of-smartedu-2019/ http://geeksincambodia.com/meet-the-winners-of-smartedu-2019/#comments Tue, 27 Aug 2019 10:20:53 +0000 Veronika Janouchova http://geeksincambodia.com/?p=23776 Team tackling a problem presented by Thalias, how would they solve an issue of better data collection ... More]]> Phnom Penh, 27 August 2019 – SmartEdu University Student Development Program concluded with three best teams of this year’s cohort presenting their ideas and innovative solutions on how to solve complex business challenges at yesterday’s awards ceremony.

Team tackling a problem presented by Thalias, how would they solve an issue of better data collection in order to meet customers’ needs, became the CEO Challenge Champion and won 1,800 USD, after presenting their plan to a panel of judges formed by CEOs of BIMA Cambodia, Thalias, Grab Cambodia and Smart Axiata.

Two other teams presenting at the CEO Challenge were focusing on problems introduced by BIMA and Grab. BIMA challenged the students on how to improve the use and trust in mHealth App, platform to consult doctors via cellphones about medical conditions instead of going directly to a pharmacy, while “team Grab” was focusing on promoting Grab’s delivery service GrabFood in Cambodia.

The 48 participants of the program, selected from 16 universities, were divided into 8 teams that underwent a Bootcamp in Siem Reap. They worked on their communication skills, creativity and critical thinking, and went through digital business-related challenges, workshops and simulations.

“At Smart, we believe students are the ones who will lead the tech industry in Cambodia. All participants showed incredible effort and energy during the Bootcamp, and it was not a walk in the park. Students went through 5 intense workshops and 4 business simulation and they were pushed to the limit,” commended the students’ performance Thomas Hundt, CEO of Smart Axiata.

Two more teams won a prize, the Best Overall Team First Runner-Up received 1,000 USD and Best Overall Team Champion got 1,400 USD for their performance during the Bootcamp. Top eight Individual Performers will also join a two-month training in Malaysia.

This year had one more special category, the Overall Best Performer, won by Keo Pitou from Hult International Business School in London.

“The Bootcamp was an incredible experience. It was tough and we worked constantly, but I never learned so much within such a short time. It is an experience that I will always remember, learning about emotional intelligence and leadership skills while meeting incredible and inspiring people.” Keo Pitou commented on the Bootcamp.

To learn more about SmartEdu or to apply for SmartEdu programs programs, visit https://www.smartedu.com.kh.

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