Retrospective: Barcamp Battambang 2015

With more young Cambodians getting involved in the world of entrepreneurship, Barcamps that have been sweeping across the nation over the past year have been relatively well received, with the number of attendees growing each time. This year’s Barcamp Battambang saw approximately 1000 attendees at its 1 and half day event, a significantly huge jump from the 600 who attended last year’s!

Attendees in front of the University of Battambang

In case you’re unfamiliar with the term; barcamps are simply unconferenced events where likeminded people get together to talk about, share, and present their ideas to the masses in an unconstrained environment.

Held at the University of Battambang from the 23rd to 24th May, over 60 different topics pertaining to Careers, Entrepreneurship, Design & Innovation, and Internet Technology were presented to participants to keep them engaged in discussions.

Participants gathering at the hall for the opening ceremony

31 speakers came forward to talk about and share their experiences with attendees.

Kruy Vanna, Co-Founder of the Khmer Smart Keyboard, speaking to attendees about his experiences

The top topics that had the most people participating in included:

  1. Technique to share news via social media
  2. Tips to get scholarship and jobs
  3. Young Startup Program
  4. Young Leadership with transparency in Technology Sector
  5. Using Google Search for study
  6. Using Mind Map tools for learning and working
  7. Photography and Facebook
  8. The Benefit of Self-Setting Goal
  9. E-information Data for scholarship preparation

Attendees listening intently at the 4th most popular session – the Young Leadership with transparency in the Technology Sector 

Other than these topics, over 10 different booths were also held at the event, showcasing ICT solutions in Cambodia.

Participants testing out the Khmer Smart Keyboard at one of the booths

The Aide et Action booth showcased their Khmer Library and Khmer Educator App

The CCIM booth showcased their Video on Demand (VOD) News App

One of the booths that was on display at the event included the Korea Software HRD Center

A staff at the CamAnt booth showcases their Interactive Kids Book app to participants at the barcamp

Mr Sok Tha, Director of the ASEAN ICT Dept in MoEYS, tests the Interactive Kids Book app

Kruy Vanna, Co-Founder of the Khmer Smart Keyboard (left), along with the CEO of CamAnt

Check out the video below to get a better understanding of what went down at Barcamp Battambang 2015!

Missed out on Barcamp Battambang? Fret not! There are still 3 upcoming barcamps left this year, including:

Barcamp Takeo (27-28 June)

Barcamp Phnom Penh (24-25 October)

Barcamp Kampongcham (05-06 December)

For more information, check out Barcamp Cambodia’s official website here! Be sure not to miss out on the last 3 barcamps of 2015!


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