Developing Local Engineering Talent through Product Innovation Programme

Phnom Penh (June 16) – 30 participants of the Product Innovation Programme showcased the products they had developed over the past month in an initiative to enhance Cambodians’ knowledge on engineering and technology.

Engineering students, high schoolers and even professionals joined the programme, a collaboration between Development Innovations and ArrowDot, a local electronics and automation company that has previously organised public classes on software and hardware. Over the course of four months starting in February, participants learned how to use software tools, such as Android app development software B4A, hardware, such as Arduino boards, and product design. Forming 15 teams, they developed everyday products that increase convenience and improve the quality of life and launched startups to sell them.

Among the designed products were a washing machine specially made for cloth menstrual pads, a card scanning device that tracks attendance and a solar energy powered awning that can extend and retract automatically, so that the shop owners do not need to struggle in the wind and rain to set it up.

Users just need to scan cards to record their attendance with this e-attendance device!

On the importance of the programme, Sangva Lim, CEO of ArrowDot, remarked, “By learning how to develop and design their products, Cambodian people will start a new era of answering to the demands of the local agricultural, environmental, and educational sectors for electronics devices, IOT, and smart systems. Cambodia will (then) have the opportunity to export their tech products and brand to the international market which will become the main factor in helping the economy grow.”

The first phase of the programme is over, but ArrowDot will further assist the teams in business development, helping them to enter the market, as well as provide the resources to manufacture their products.

Sangva Lim (in white), CEO of ArrowDot, posing with the participants of the Product Innovation Programme

Geeks in Cambodia looks forward to seeing more Cambodian innovations in the future!

To see the full range of the presented products and stay updated on the next ArrowDot programme, visit their Facebook page!