Retrospective: Cambodia ICT Awards 2015

The grand finale and award ceremony of the Cambodia ICT Awards was held at the Hotel Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra on the 25th of June this year.

At the same time, the ceremony also celebrated the 150th year anniversary of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), in which Cambodia has been a member of since 1952. H.E PRAK Sokhonn, Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, chaired the entire commemoration.

H.E Prak Sokhonn, Minister of Posts and Telecommunications

Check out the Milestone Video and Message from H.E. Dr. Houling ZHAO, Secretary-General of ITU below.

Honorable guests on stage during the photo-taking session

The minister cuts a cake to celebrate the 150th year anniversary of ITU on stage

Organised by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, the coveted National Awards program aims to reward the most outstanding accomplishments in innovation and creativity of individuals, government, and private organisations that have largely contributed towards the advancement of the ICT sector in Cambodia.

At the same time, the award is meant to encourage ICT companies in Cambodia to further advance and represent the kingdom in international competitions like the ASEAN ICT Awards. The ultimate goal of this award is to push for more innovation towards the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications’ Cambodia ICT Master plan in 2020.

There were 6 categories of awards in total, including the Public Sector, Private Sector, Corporate Social Responsibility, Digital Content, Start-up Company, and Research and Development. A total of 25 applicants applied for the different categories, in hopes of bagging the prestigious awards. You can check out the full list of applicants here.

However, only 20 applicants made it through the first round of selection and went on to the final round, where they were required to pitch a 15 minutes presentation in front of the judges. You can check out a full list of the 20 finalists here.

The judging panel consisted of 6 independent judges from various organisations in order to make the decisions fair and transparent. They included:

-       Representative from ICT Federation of Cambodia

-       Representative from Young Entrepreneur Association of Cambodia

-       Representative from Cambodia Investors Club

-       Representative from Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications

-       Representative from National University of Management

-       Representative from International NGO, InSTEDD iLab Southeast Asia

The 6 independent judges receiving their certificate of recognition

The judges assessed each applicant based on a few criteria, including:

-       Innovation for problem solving

-       Public value

-       Quality and reliability of ICT products / solutions

Towards the end of the ceremony, the top 3 winners for CICTA was finally announced, and the Ministry of Commerce bagged the Gold Medal with their Business Registration Processing System. The Silver Medal went to Kruy Vanna and his team ALiEN DEV, for their Khmer Smart Keyboard.  CamAnt walked away with the Bronze Medal for Learn Kor Ka.

The gold, silver, and bronze medal winners on stage with the Minister

The cash prizes for the top 3 winners were USD $2000, USD $1000, and USD $600 from the first to third prize respectively. Other than this, there were also individual winners for the 6 categories mentioned earlier on. Check out the list below!

  1. Public Sector: Business Registration Processing System by The Ministry of Commerce.
  2. Private Sector: CAMEMIS, a free education management system developed by CamFirst Technologies Co., LTD.
  3. Corporate Social Responsibility: Khmer Library Mobile Application, developed by International NGO Aide et Action Cambodia.
  4. Digital Content: Chibi, a SMS dating and networking service developed by David Wilkie and his wife
  5. Start-up Company: Khmer Smart Keyboard, developed by Kruy Vanna and his team from ALiEN DEV
  6. Research and Development: AE&C Home-Connect, a smart home product developed by Angkor Engineering and Consulting Cambodia.

Winners for the 6 categories pose on stage together after receiving their award

Check out a video of the Cambodia ICT Awards and the finalists below!

Additionally, Geeks in Cambodia also received a certificate of participation from the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications for our continued support in the Cambodia ICT Awards.

Our very own tech correspondent, Rattana Keo, went up on stage to receive the certificate of participation for Geeks in Cambodia

Kruy Vanna, co-founder of the Khmer Smart Keyboard, and Rattana pose for a picture together on stage

We want to wish a huge congratulations to all winners of the Cambodia ICT Awards, as well as to all the participants and finalists. With players like these on the field, Cambodia’s ICT sector will definitely continue to advance and grow stronger. For more information about CICTA, check out their official website here.