Retrospective Women Techmakers Phnom Penh

In conjunction with International Women’s Day on March 8th, Google announced the launch of a series of global Women Techmakers events, “geared towards increasing visibility, community and resources for technical women in the industry”.

Women Techmakers events aim at focusing on a technical women audience, showcasing some female technical talents, and encourage attendees to meet, network, exchange ideas and “empower each other in the field of technology”.

In Cambodia, the Women Techmakers event was organized by Google Developer Group Phnom Penh (GDG Phnom Penh), and took place on March 16th from  8:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Sithi Hub . This event featured panel discussions with female technology leaders, hands-on career-planning workshops, networking opportunities, and more. Around 60 participants attended this session, most of them being women working or studying in the technology field in Cambodia.

Here is a retrospective of the event :

8:30 AM : Ms. Sok Sikieng, a Lecturer in IT field at Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP), started with playing a video and introducing the topic “What is Global Women TechMaker ?”

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9:00 AM : The five speakers below animated a round table :

- Mrs. Channe Suy Lan, Regional Lead at InSTEDD iLab Southeast Asia, developed the topic “Experience sharing and opportunity for tech women”.

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- Ms. Sok Sikieng then gave a speech about “Women in technology” generally speaking.

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- Ms. Eng Thyda’s speech focused on “Experience sharing and future goal”

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- Ms. Hem Chhingchhing shared her views on “Leadership in leveraging of IT” with us

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- And then Mrs. Mith Leakhena explained to the attendance “How to start a business”

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10:30 AM : A networking game was introduced to us, as networking is a main part of those gatherings

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11:00 AM : For 30 minutes, Mrs Channe Suy Lan introduced two videos of Google developer women talk.

After that, Ms. Sok Sikieng presented led a breakout session for 30 minutes.

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM : Four groups discussions were then organized with assigned topics. Each group had to first lead a common discussion, and ended up by presenting their conclusions.

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Topic 1 : “How to balance life and work as a tech lady?”

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Topic 2 : “Why Technology needs more women? ”

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Topic 3 : “How to increase the number of female students in Computing?”

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Topic 4 : “Hacking time”, introduction of “Ebooking” an iOS and Android mobile app made by women and allowing to order movie tickets in Cambodia.

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In conclusion, I can say the Women Techmakers event is extremely inspiring for everyone, and especially for women who are evolving in the Technology field, as it encourages each other to “continuously strive to realize their passions”.  Throughout a full day workshop, hands on activities and presentations, I could experience how Women play a major role in Science and Technology in Cambodia, and I hope everyone reading this will experience this as well. The women I met during this event are either Web Developers, Mobile Apps Developers, Graphic Designers, Programmers, bloggers, IT consultants, IT teachers, and Network engineers… And they are foremost gathered by a same passion: Technology.

We hope to follow up on the similar upcoming events, and to keep sharing this passion that seems to be blooming in Cambodia !