CSEF19: An Opportunity to Connect to Thousands of New Young Innovators

អត្ថបទ​នេះមានជាភាសា៖ kmខ្មែរ

Leng TRI

By Leng TRI

Communications Specialist
Development Innovations

It has been five years since the first Cambodia Science and Engineering Festival (CSEF) in 2015. The event keeps growing each year and has become one of the biggest annual STEM events in Cambodia. As in previous years, CSEF took over Phnom Penh’s Olympic Stadium, where it attracted more than 35,000 visitors over three days from March 21-23.

The Development Innovations (DI) team has participated at CSEF every year since 2015. Check out what we did in CSEF17 and CSEF18, as well as our partners’ amazing work.  We even used tech tools to survey young people about how they were using social media so we can better understand their priorities. This year, DI and our partners were excited to showcase many of our products and programs to all of the different STEM stakeholders, especially the new generation of tech enthusiasts arriving from both public and private high schools around Phnom Penh and some provinces of Cambodia.

At DI, we often hear that people in the civil society community find it hard to encourage and attract people to join their events, or showcase their work. Almost all of us are struggling to find time to participate in the large number of community events that are similar in nature and happening during the same time. This is why a giant event like CSEF can be a golden opportunity to show your amazing work to thousands of visitors. So it’s best to grab the chance and make yourself loud.

Here are the partners that joined our booth this year:

Edemy is a blended learning program that offers high-quality and affordable English language learning services by using offline technology called “Raspberry Pi”, tablets, and trained facilitators.

Tesdopi is a mobile testing app for high school students to self-assess their competency levels in math and science subjects.  And it was developed by the founders of Edemy!

Tepmachcha is an early warning sensor tool used for detecting and recording water levels for dangerous flooding events, and it is managed by our partners at People In Need. It is linked to the EWS 1294, an interactive voice response system that sends subscribers flood alerts when water levels rise.

Khmer Educator is an application that offers educational videos, documents and audio resources for students, parents and educators, and Khmer Library is a mobile application with thousands of e-books in Khmer, foreign languages and indigenous languages. Both were designed by NGO Aide et Action.

TEST App is a digital literacy assessment application, created by World Education, for students in grade 1, 2 and 3. The app allows teachers to conduct tests, correct and mark the students’ progress, and to send reports to students.

Trey Visay is an e-counseling application developed by InSTEDD and KAPE that guides grade 9-12 students and other young people as they explore potential career paths, types of work, and university options that will help them to develop their careers. 

Technovation is a global entrepreneurship and technology learning program for girls aged 10-18. Participants learn to develop an app to address community problems, make a business plan, and pitch their business concept.

Rachana is a tech champion for girls as well as the ‘virtual Ambassador’ for Technovation Cambodia. Rachana shares information about Technovation’s program activities and the Cambodian teams’ accomplishments, free coding and learning programs, and encourages more young girls to be tech creators.

Sisters of Code is a six-month program run by IT Academy Step to manage after-school coding clubs for girls ages 10-18. The coding courses help girls in public and private schools to learn game and web development skills through project-based learning modules.

In addition, we also conducted surveys related to their social media usage, general ICT quizzes, and to let them build their own hologram projectors.

What did you think of our booth?