First Cambodian Technovation Mentor Goes to Global Pitch in Silicon Valley

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By Lydet PIDOR

ICT Learning Officer
Development Innovations

This year, our very own ICT Learning Officer, Lydet Pidor, was invited to the U.S. to be part of the first Master Educators trained to take charge of the Technovation program in their home countries. Over three weeks in July, Lydet travelled not only to San Francisco and explored Silicon Valley with Technovation, but also flew over to Washington DC and visited the DAI Home Office too!  These are some of the memorable experiences from the trip in his own words.

@Technovation (12 – 14 Jul, 16)

It was a big year for Technovation in Cambodia this year. Not only did we have the highest number of participants to date and an audience of over 600 at the National Pitch event, but 2016 was the first year for Technovation Global to pilot a Master Educator program, recruiting potential mentors from each participating country to lead the program in 2017.

I was lucky to be selected to be among these pilot Master Educators, and invited to San Francisco to attend both the Master Educator program, and the 2016 World Pitch Conference at the NGO, Intuit, the organizers of Technovation, in Silicon Valley. During the Master Educator program, all of the master educators from the 23 countries sat together to discuss lessons learned from previous experiences in running the program, and to work on an action plan for the 2017 program. One big change was a new focus on setting up Technovation clubs when we returned to our home countries. During the award ceremony for the World Pitch Conference, I even had the chance to have a small talk with Guido van Rossum, who is well known as the author of the Python programming language, about how more Cambodians could learn Python widely.


San Francisco wasn’t all about work though. I also got to ride my bike around the city, visit the Google campus in Silicon Valley and see all the sights too!

But this trip wasn’t just about San Francisco and Technovation, I also got to go visit Washington DC.






@Washington D.C (25 – 29 Jul, 16)

On Monday, I first walked into DAI’s Home Office in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside of Washington DC, which runs Development Innovations, I was really excited, surprised, and delighted to see so many staff at home office from different backgrounds, with different skills, working to support DAI projects around the globe. I even got to meet the entire DAI Asia team.

During my few days at the DAI Home Office, I got to do so many things. From hanging out with Rob Ryan-Silva, Director of the DAI Maker Lab and the facilitator of Development Innovations’ Maker Lab Workshop in Phnom Penh this year; to taking part in a DAI training on Digital-Enabled Engagement for ICT solutions.

I got to conduct a small sharing session with the DAI Asia Team on how to make better presentations to ensure audience understanding and to talk about what our team was achieving and learning in Cambodia. All the chairs in the room were filled and we received a lot of questions about the project and lessons learned from the past three years.

All these things were really encouraging and inspiring for me to learn and work harder as a new ICT Learning Officer for Development Innovations over the next two years.



@VOA (28 Jul, 16)

It also gave me the chance to take the metro from DAI’s Home Office in Bethesda to VOA’s Head Office in Washington D.C as invited for a radio interview. During my interview with Mr. Sophat Soeung, a reporter at VOA, I got to talk about being a mentor for the 2016 Technovation program in Cambodia, about being the first Cambodian to be selected as a Master Educator, and attending the World Pitch Conference. Most importantly, I talked about the importance of supporting the involvement of Cambodian girls in technology, development and entrepreneurship in our country. After the interview, I was able to meet all the Cambodian staff at VOA’s Head Office, which made me very feel like I was at home though I was still in the U.S.



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