Phnom Penh, Dec. 5-6: The last Barcamp Cambodia initiative of 2015 came to a close with Barcamp Kampong Cham, Dec. 5-6, and the enthusiastic response to the overall series has encouraged organizers Barcamp Cambodia and Cellcard to look forward to next year’s event even before the buzz from this edition has settled.
Close to 400 participants attended Barcamp Kampong Cham over two days at the University of Management and Economics. In attendance were IT professionals, business leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs, creative thinkers, educators, NGOs and students eager to explore IT possibilities and learn from and collaborate with technology professionals and those in the industry.
They were not disappointed, as Barcamp Kampong Cham presented 20 speakers and 34 relevant topics. A four-member panel discussion on “Jobs and ASEAN Integration” was also well-received in-line with the theme of this year’s overall series, which encouraged participants to “Get Ready for ASEAN Integration” through the exchange of knowledge, skills and experiences.
Some of the popular topics presented at Kampong Cham included talks on writing business plans, conducting faster Internet searches with Google, job-seeking strategies and getting the most from the Internet.
Participants also took the time to check out numerous booths by Cellcard, System Expert, ODC and other companies. Another highlight was a visit to the Kampong Cham Orphanage Center in conjunction with International Volunteer Day. Participants provided study material and funds to the Center and cleaned up its surroundings and areas along the Kampong Cham River.
“we are happy to close this year’s Barcamp series with the success of the Kampong Cham leg. The turn out and participation to this year’s barcamps have been more than expected,” said a Barcamp rep. “Before the dust settles, we are already planning next year’s barcamp initiative and are optimistic that this initiative remains to be an effective platform to connect and inspire collaborations among young innovators and future IT professionals. “
Cellcard CEO Ian Watson, in praising the commitment shown by Barcamp Cambodia towards promoting IT in the country, said Cellcard would continue to support the initiative as it grew from strength to strength.
“We share a similar vision and are looking to bring this initiative to more Cambodians next year,” he said. “Barcamp Cambodia and Cellcard are keen to harness and showcase new technology and innovation as a means to bring Cambodia up to par with more developed countries in terms of Cambodian IT knowledge and innovation. We look forward to initiatives being planned for next year, and are prepared to give any support that we can to push this project to the next level.“
The previous Barcamp Cambodia legs this year were held in Kampot, Battambang, Takeo and Phnom Penh.
For more information on Barcamp Cambodia, visit www.2015.barcampcambodia.org