Tech Expo Showcases ICT4D in Cambodia

អត្ថបទ​នេះមានជាភាសា៖ enEnglish

Tech firms and CSOs converge to share technology solutions for development challenges

Photo-for-Tech-ExpoIn one of Southeast Asia’s fastest growing  economies, access to technology is expanding rapidly. As more Cambodians purchase smartphones and are able to access the Internet,  interest in using new technology to achieve development outcomes continues to grow.

“Cambodian people really hunger to explore IT,” according to David Tan, the CEO of Malaysian tablet company MyTEB, which operates in

Visitors to the Innovations in Development Technology Expo on September 8, 2014 in Phnom Penh were exposed to an array of tech solutions and applications that highlighted the role that information and communications technology (ICT) is playing in Cambodia’s development. The Development Innovations-hosted event included demonstrations of local ICT innovations, as well as short  presentations by members of Cambodia’s tech community. Over 600 people attended the event, representing 65 civil society organizations (CSOs) and 81 tech service providers.

Representatives from civil society, the tech community, the Royal Government of Cambodia and universities were able to experiment with
Interactive Voice Response Systems (IVRs), mobile apps, and explore the many other facets of ICT and its relevance to development. Short
presentations introduced Phnom Penh’s vibrant tech community—including MyTEB, Smallworld, InSTEDD, and Development Innovations—to Expo visitors.

The 28 exhibitors at the Expo showcased the diversity of ICT projects in Cambodia and the ways in which tech can be used to overcome complex development obstacles. One of the innovative ICT solutions showcased was World Education’s TEST app, a mobile app developed with a grant from Development Innovations. The app helps teachers better assess the reading skills of students and determine how to respond to specific student needs. The app demonstrated how ICT solutions can help improve education outcomes in Cambodia.

“By using technology we can help many children to get better education, to improve their employment opportunities, and to prepare Cambodian students to be ready for the next phase of development,” Minister of Education, Youth and Sport H.E. Hang Chuon Naron said at the Expo.

Through Development Innovations and its 5D Lab, USAID encourages the use of ICT solutions to improve development outcomes in Cambodia. Events like the Expo help to inform and to inspire Cambodians from diverse backgrounds and sectors to become innovators in the design and use of technology.

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