Cellcard Lab Round 4 winners look to change socioeconomic landscape | Cellcard

Cellcard Lab Round 4 winners look to change socioeconomic landscape

Published Date: June, Friday 16, 2017

Cellcard Lab closed Round 4 of its dynamic accelerator programme by championing three cutting-edge ideas that are bold and unique enough to change the Kingdom’s social, educational and business landscape.

 

Organised by Cellcard and co-working space Impact Hub Phnom Penh, Round 4’s top prize went to Puthearith Thao and his ‘Scan SeavPhov’ app. The mobile app uses augmented reality to scan black and white images in Khmer high school textbooks and then links them to external online content that provides detailed information on the scanned image.

 

For his winning efforts, the young entrepreneur walked off with $5,000 and a year’s worth of Cellcard benefits.

The second prize of $3,000 and similar telco benefits went to the creators of NeaTy Instant Rice Porridge, who aim to provide nutritious, fresh meals via their easy-to-prepare instant rice porridge.

‘Weddingate’, an app by Sopheakneary Pheng and Chan Vanneth, won the third prize of $2,000 and similar Cellcard benefits. The app helps soon-to-be-married couples link up with service providers, plan budgets and arrange guest lists to have the best wedding ceremony possible.

Other shortlisted ideas in Round 4 include efforts to produce organic compost for farmers and gardeners; an app that promotes local healthcare services via a participatory platform; stationery for the visually-handicapped; and activities aimed at senior citizens.

 

The three winners join nine others from the first three rounds of Cellcard Lab. ‘DoyDoy’, an educational, 3D building-block game won Round 1 in February while La Chhouk Recycled and Creative Fashion won Round 2 in April with creative attire created from recycled items. In May, Round 3’s top prize went to Eco-Plastic and their idea of turning plastic waste into gifts.

Apart from the main cash prizes and Cellcard benefits, winning team members will enjoy a fully-funded, three-day visit to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. They will participate in a workshop at the prestigious MaGIC (Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre) Acceleration Programme and visit tech giant Microsoft’s office in the capital.

 

“The creativity and originality of the ideas showcased in every round only confirms the potential and ingenuity of the Cambodian Youth, and we are proud in being able to provide a platform for them to further their knowledge and forge connections with like minded young people as well as experts, all of which will help them plot the course of their initiatives. Aside from the winning teams, we’ve seen many inspiring projects geared towards sustainable lifestyle, education and solving environmental issues, and these ideas coming from Cambodia’s new generation of thinkers and leaders brings hope to a brighter future.” said Cellcard CEO Ian Watson.

 

Cellcard Lab, a six-week programme that helps young Khmer start-ups and businesses turn their social ideas into viable business opportunities, has to date identified dozens of fledgling social business ideas since its launch over five months ago.

The top ideas from each round are nurtured via personalised coaching, specialised workshops, customised business support and other related activities by well-known youth mentors Chhunny Noem, Maelle Barbancon and Laura Smitheman.

 

For more information on Cellcard Lab, visit http://www.cellcard.com.kh/en/cellcard-lab/

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