Technovation Cambodia

Technovation Challenge is the world's largest tech entrepreneurship program for young women, focused on girls ages 10-18.

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Technovation has been organized in Cambodia by USAID’s Development Innovations since 2014. The program has helped more than 200 Cambodians learn how to identify a problem in their community and learn coding and practical business development skills to develop a mobile app to address the problem. Technovation offers an open source, hands-on curriculum to develop an app prototype, business plan and video pitch in 12 weeks. The app is created on MIT’s App Inventor platform which does not require participants to have a coding background. Girls work in teams of 3 to 5 people, supported by coaches (primarily school teachers), and guided by mentors (primarily female professionals in Cambodia) to create an app to address a challenge in their local community. In 2017, the problems were aligned with one of the select UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Education, Health, Poverty, Equality, Peace, and Environment. The curriculum offers a holistic learning experience focusing on both soft and hard skills, including coding skills, entrepreneurship training, public speaking, and problem solving and teamwork.

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Technovation Coordinators and Mentors


Heang Oumuoy
Technovation Ambassador

Oumuoy is currently working for Cambodian tech firm CamSolution as a Project Manager. She is passionate about helping girls learn practical tech and entrepreneurship skills and was the Technovation Cambodia Ambassador in 2016 and 2017. Previously, she was a senior IT Programmer at Manulife Insurance Cambodia and application developer at ANZ Royal. She graduated from the University of Puthisastra with a Master’s Degree in Computer Science.


Lydet Pidor
Lead Mentor

Lydet is a policy research consultant in the public sector and a Master Educator for Technovation Cambodia. He is very active in the tech and innovation communities in Phnom Penh, and volunteers and helps organize tech events like hack-a-thons and business model competitions. Previously, Lydet served in various roles at USAID’s Development Innovations, including Partnerships and ICT Specialist, and ICT Learning Specialist. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Development Economics from the Royal University of Law and Economics.


Winning Team Profiles


Global Finalist – Junior Division
App’s Name: Cambodia Identity Product

Cambodia Identity Product help Cambodians connect to a market to sell traditional products online.


1st place National Winner – Junior Division
App’s name: Pre-Health

Pre-Health provides health information for users so they can take care of themselves and live healthy lives.


Why Technovation?

Soucheng is a member of the Technovation 2017 global finalist team from Cambodia. Want to hear more about her experience? Check out this video.

 


Technovation Cambodia Timeline 2017-2018

 


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Technovation Cambodia


About Technovation


What are the important Technovation dates that I need to consider?

  • The Cambodia program starts from Dec 24, 2017 to Apr 15, 2018.
  • Global Registration opening: Mid-October in 2017 to mid-March in 2018
  • Submission Deadline: The third week of April, 2018
When are the pitch events held?

  • National (Regional) Pitch Event in Cambodia: end of April, 2018 (Details – to be posted)
  • World Pitch Summit in San Francisco, USA: August 7-11, 2017
  • The earlier you register, the more time you will have to work through the curriculum. We recommend starting as early as possible.

How do I register a team?

    After all team members have registered individually and submitted their electronic consent forms on my.technovationchallenge.org , one team member needs to formally create the team. This can be any student member or mentor. The team member who created the team can invite other students to join from the team page using student email addresses. Mentors and other team members can also search for the team in the "Join a Team" tab and request to join that team. Any team member who is already accepted can approve future team requests.


For Students


Can I form my own team and find a mentor?

    Yes, you can. Students from anywhere are encouraged to form their own team and get technical and business mentors on their own. However, if you are based in Phnom Penh city, we would encourage you to contact Technovation Cambodia as they have a group of mentors to help guide you through the program.

Will Technovation teach me how to code?

    Technovation guides and encourages students to get the skills they need to become technology entrepreneurs. Just like in the real world, a high level of technical expertise is not required to start, but some understanding of the technology being created and used to solve problem is useful.
    Upon finishing Technovation and submitting their application, students will have an understanding of some basic computer programming principles and a complete and functional mobile app prototype.

How does Technovation determine my team's division?

    Your team's division for the competition will be determined by the oldest student member of your team. Your team can include students of different ages.

  • The Junior division is for teams that include all students who are 14 years old or younger as of August 1, 2018.
  • The Senior division is for teams that have at least one student who will be 15 years old or older as of August 1, 2018.
Can my team include students from different schools?

    Yes, Technovation teams can include students from different schools.

How old do I have to be to participate?

    All girls ages 10-18 may enter the official Technovation competition. Anyone can access and use Technovation’s free online curriculum by registering at my.technovationchallenge.org .

How do I find a team?

    Most Technovation teams meet at schools and are facilitated by school teachers. In some cases, parents and other community leaders facilitate teams.
    As a first step, the student should see if she has friends/classmates who would be interested in forming a team. In the case that there are enough students to form at least one team at the school, the students should then look to find a teacher(s) who can volunteer to facilitate the course.
    If there is not enough interest from one school, students can also form teams from multiple schools and find parents to facilitate.

Is having a mentor a requirement to participate?

    It is highly recommended that Technovation teams work with mentors so students can get some perspectives from industry experience. However, having a mentor is not a requirement for teams to participate and submit to Technovation. Teams can connect with mentors after registering and creating a team on my.technovationchallenge.org.

Is having a mentor a requirement to participate?

    It is highly recommended that Technovation teams work with mentors so students can get some perspectives from industry experience. However, having a mentor is not a requirement for teams to participate and submit to Technovation. Teams can connect with mentors after registering and creating a team on my.technovationchallenge.org .

Do I have to know how to code before joining the program?

    No prior programming experience is necessary for Technovation students or mentors.
    Technovation students learn some basic computer programming principles as they complete the course, but they don’t need to become expert software developers to be successful in Technovation.
    Students rely on their mentors not to know all the answers, but simply to help them figure out how to find the appropriate answers. Most of our mentors are not software engineers, but they are dedicated professionals who are eager to help young women learn new skills and build their confidence.

How much does it cost to participate?

    Technovation is free for all participants. Each team will need up to five girls (ages 10 to 18), a safe place to meet, a laptop with internet, and a smart phone or tablet.

How many teams can participate from each school?

    We recommend a minimum of 3 or 4 teams from each school if possible; with a healthy number of girls involved, the girls tend to keep each other excited and engaged throughout the season. There is no maximum; every school can enter as many teams as they wish.

When do teams meet?

    All students meet with their mentors at a training venue (to be determined) every Sunday from 8 am to 3pm, but there are some who meet at home on weekends or at their respective schools. It’s up to the team to coordinate additional meeting time that works for them.

For Mentors


Do mentors need to know how to code before starting Technovation?

    Having at least a baseline knowledge of how to code is helpful, but not necessary to mentor. What is most important is that mentors are willing to learn alongside the students and help them through the problem solving process. Mentors are also provided with trainings to provide support in subject areas they may not be familiar with.

Who owns the code and IP developed during Technovation?

    The ownership of all intellectual property (IP) developed through Technovation should be decided by the teams involved in developing them. Technovation and our parent non-profit organization, Iridescent, do not require ownership over any part of competing teams’ apps or associated IP.

How do I sign the volunteer agreement?

    All mentors need to sign the same Volunteer Agreement with Iridescent (Technovation’s parent nonprofit). Mentors can sign the form electronically through the online registration platform, my.technovationchallenge.org .

Note: Information adapted from Technovation Global