Retrospective: BarCamp ASEAN 2016 in Phnom Penh

For the past 8 years, BarCamp Cambodia has successfully organised BarCamp Phnom Penh. This year, they tried something different

At the beginning of November, they organised BarCamp ASEAN in an effort to bring together technology professionals and startups from all around the region.

This edition of BarCamp focused on the theme “Growing Technology Together” as it looked to share and showcase participants’ knowledge and expertise in the fields of technology, entrepreneurship, startups, business, creativity and career development.

Hosted at Norton University Phnom Penh, the event offered technology startups a platform to showcase their ideas. Over 2,500 people attended across the three days including 97 speakers, 42 exhibitors, 7 angel investors and 30 Fedora and Redhat community members.

Exhibitors included startups like Bong Chhlat, an app that allows you to find discounts based on your location and sokhakrom, a medical application from Codinggate that aims to provide a central database of trustworthy healthcare information. For Bong Chhlat, the event had special significance for them as they clocked in over 700 account registrations throughout the three days.

In addition, other startups who exhibited their project include CamboTicket and BookMeBus, two platforms that can help you secure a bus ticket, as well as System Experts Asia, an open source software developer who is currently focusing on EdTech. If these startups seem familiar to you, it might be because you’ve read about them on Geeks in Cambodia. If you haven’t, be sure to check out our articles about them by clicking on their names!

Aside from the exhibitions, attendees could also listen to a wide variety of presentations covering over 100 topics including “STEM Careers in the future”, “Developing a successful mobile app”, “Marketing strategy in the digital era” and “5 Global Lessons about Tech Startups”.

In a post event press release, the organisers reported that the three day exhibition and workshop had created an “immersive, collaborative and dynamic atmosphere for Cambodia Tech and Startup lovers and gurus”.

All in all, this edition is yet another successful event under BarCamp Cambodia’s belt.

The BarCamp movement first started in Phnom Penh in 2008 and has since expanded into other parts of Cambodia including Battambang, Ratanarkiri and Kampong Cham. The movement has garnered support from both public and private sectors and has also reached out to over 27,000 people in its 9 years of operation.

If you missed your chance to attend this edition of BarCamp, stay locked to Geeks in Cambodia for updates on the next one. Then, you’ll be on your way to engaging with this one-of-a-kind community!