BarCamp ASEAN 2017, the biggest tech & startup conference in Cambodia, happened from October 20th – 22nd at the Institute of Technology of Cambodia, Phnom Penh. Participants of the events were tech specialists, business specialists, media specialists, creative designers, companies, educators, students, etc. BarCamp ASEAN 2017 aimed to gather all the participants to share and showcase their knowledge, projects, products, and services.
BarCamp ASEAN 2017 consisted of 2 main part: Exhibition and Sessions, which consisted of 4 Panel Discussions, 64 Workshops, 2 Competitions and 1 Meetup. During the 3 days, there were about 4,500 participants in total.
Around 65 booths were exhibited during BarCamp ASEAN 2017 which could be categorized into companies, startups, schools, organizations, and students showcase.
Nou Chandary, team leader of SokhaKrom at Codingate said, “we get good knowledge and good network because BarCamp makes you feel like you are in the IT world. In this one day, we can expose ourselves to a lot of IT specialists and IT companies and participants. For high school students or whom not yet decide what they do after graduation, they can expose themselves to the information and may find what interest them during the event.”
Codingate provides web and mobile development, web and graphic design, business consultancy and social media marketing services. Codingate has developed many apps for clients but recently the team has also introduced our own app – SokhaKrom, a healthcare platform, which provides information about Health (Medicine, Doctor profile, Clinic profile, Health article, and Location of pharmacies, hospitals, and clinics) and WeddinGate which provides information about wedding.
In Mean, founder of Khmer Crypto Foundation told that “BarCamp is an IT platform, around 400 participants have come to our booth since the morning, but rarely they know about blockchain technology. However, we are happy that they are interested in our Khmer Crypto and we will keep providing them through information sharing and training in order them to understand about blockchain technology as well as prevent them from scams.” He also mentioned that in April 2017, National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) has cooperated with Japan company to study about the digital transaction. Unfortunately, the NBC mostly work with Japanese because Cambodia still lacks human resource in blockchain technology. Therefore, he has created Khmer Crypto Foundation to introduce and provide training about blockchain technology to the students and public as well as support the government if we are offered a chance to work with them in the future.
KH Coin, the First Official Crypto Coin from Khmer Crypto Foundation, is the khmer digital currency which circulates around the world. Many governments and companies over the world are interested in Blockchain technology. It can help to solve the financial transaction, election’s voting system, business registration, land registration, company’s share division, stock exchange, etc.
“BarCamp focuses on tech, and we also focus on education by using tech. Many students come to my booth to expose themselves with the learning and test their English through our device,” said Pheng Meas Sak, Operation Officer at Edemy.
Edemy, is a social enterprise providing quality education services from literacy to intermediate level. It is a blended education, they spend half of the course study through a tablet, and then they spend another half of the course to study with a lecturer face to face.
Ngoun Mouy Ny, Clinic Relation team at Healthogo mentioned that around 400 participants come to the booth to see, download and test Healthogo app; the team has got good comments from participants as they can find health information easily. Mouy Ny continued that through BarCamp, we also have a chance to communicate with other companies which operate their business in the tech field.
The Sessions included 4 Panel Discussions, 64 Workshops, 2 Competitions, and 1 Meetup with the theme of tech & startup.
Pov Layhok, a company worker told that he can learn a lot through the sharing sessions of local and foreign specialists. For the next BarCamp, Layhok wants to see BarCamp having more session, so he can learn more about tech and startup.
Hout Chhayya, a student from Build Bright University from Battambang province mentioned that he traveled to join BarCamp ASEAN in Phnom Penh because there are a lot of interesting topics; this year Tech Talk is good, and the sharing also encourages students to take part in the IT field and expose themselves to those techs. He continued that “For me, I also wish I can share something on stage and join the competition through designing a product or service; I will prepare for it.”
BarCamp Battambang, tech and startup conference, will be held from November 25th – 26th in University of Battambang, Battambang province. BarCamp Battambang consists of 3 main activities: Startup Fair, Tech & Startup Sharing Sessions, and Business Competition.
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