DI worked with CCC to build a stronger understanding of how Cambodian CSOs operate through a process we’re calling Member Insights. What is Member Insights? It’s a modified version of DAI Digital Insights design research method that focuses on member CSOs in the CCC network. Just as Digital Insights is the first step in a process to design digital tools and engagement methods for individuals, Member Insights is the first step in a process to design improved engagement and training programs for organizations. It is a rapid, inexpensive research method designed to highlight how organizations use technology and communicate, exploring communications as an organizational practice, focusing on which platforms are most common for internal information flows and how organizations engage external audiences such as beneficiaries, prospective beneficiaries, and the general public. In this case, the focus was Cambodian CSOs, but as a methodology, Member Insights can be applied to businesses, governmental units, and even families. Please download the report here!

December was a whirlwind of year end activities, and we took some time to look back at the last year: what exceeded our expectations and what didn’t deliver, what we learned, and how we pivoted. Don’t miss our blog post and year-in-review short video with some of the highlights of 2017.

Technovation is growing fast this year, and we hosted a three-city orientation workshop in December for incoming tech entrepreneurs-in-training. We are thrilled with the demand from so many young girls who want to grow their tech skills across Phnom Penh, Battambang and Siem Reap.

In November, we hosted a networking event for our grantees and partners in order for them to expand their networks and learn about four recent tech-enabled projects we have been working on. We also supported Cooperation Committee for Cambodia to deliver the video production course from our lab. Find out more about this hands-on, Khmer-language course here.

This October, our team and partners organized the Technovation Cambodia Alumni event to celebrate the success of all the Technovation Cambodia participants. Since 2014, we have supported Technovation and 50 teams of around 200 girls from Cambodia to compete in the tech entrepreneurship program. Follow Technovation Cambodia’s Facebook page for updates on Technovation 2018, or find answers to your questions on our website. We also opened up a new opportunity called the Young Innovator Program for recent university graduates who want to learn about innovation and tech in Cambodia. Find out more here and apply to work with us.

In September, our team had a long holiday to celebrate and refresh. Despite the long holiday, our team and partners organized the "EPIC Showcase" event, where social entrepreneurs, including our five EPIC Ventures, shared their experiences running social enterprises and being involved in the one year social business incubator. Thanks to our speakers from USAID Cambodia, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, and the social enterprise and investor community, and to our partners at Impact Hub Phnom Penh for a great event. If you missed it, you can watch it here: Part 1 & Part 2 - including an awesome panel discussion with the EPIC ventures.

For us, in August, the Technovation Cambodia finalist team, Cambodia Identity Product, took off to Silicon Valley in San Francisco to attend the world pitch of the Technovation Challenge at Google headquarters. The five 11 and 12 year-old girls from Liger Leadership Academy did an amazing job at the pitch competing against peers from Hong Kong to Kenya. So many young Cambodians tell us they see the team as new tech role models, and we know this will help inspire even more girls to learn new tech skills in coming years. Watch their two-minute pitch here, or see their interview on the U.S. Embassy in Cambodia’s “Let’s Chat” Facebook show here.

We hope your month is off to a great start. This July, we published a video introducing Member Insights, a design research project we developed with our partner Cooperation Committee for Cambodia (CCC). The purpose of this research is to find out how Cambodian civil society organizations are using technologies right now and how they are communicating internally and with their beneficiaries, donors and stakeholders. You can access the full report here, and the live video of the presentation of findings and recommendations here.

This June was a busy and productive month for our team. After great pitches from the top four Technovation Cambodia teams to supporters at USAID and the U.S. Embassy mid-month, the two semi-finalist teams, Cambodia Identity Product and Silent Assassins, pitched their mobile applications and business plans to H.E. the Minister of Education, Youth and Sport. USAID Mission Director Polly Dunford and H.E. Minister Hang Chuon Naron gave them feedback and offered messages of encouragement for all the girls working to design their solutions to Cambodia’s development challenges. All of Technovation’s supporters across the country can’t wait to see them pitching at the Global Pitch event in August in San Francisco!

Hello again from the Development Innovations team! This May, we worked with our partners at Cooperation Committee for Cambodia (CCC) to carry out design research about how Cambodian civil society organizations are using new technologies and how they are communicating internally and with their beneficiaries, donors and stakeholders. If you missed the talk at TEKHUB on this research called “Member Insights”, stay tuned to our Facebook Page for the video version of the design research findings.

This April, we were hard at work supporting our grantees as they develop their ICT-enabled projects across 15 provinces. We also celebrated Earth Day by looking back at one of our social media campaign projects about Prey Lang forest in northern Cambodia. Read the blog post and watch the video about the creation of the grandfather “brand” and campaign in "Grandfather Prey Lang Connects People to the Jungle". Our 27th and 28th Basic Video Training courses, conducted all in Khmer, delivered great results this month. Trainees produced many new videos to tell their stories. Some of them are displayed at the Lab, come check them out! Stay tuned and follow our Facebook page for more info on the courses or reach out directly to 095 70 2008.

This March, we ran a set of booths with some of our partners at the Cambodia Science and Engineering Festival to showcase some amazing technologies created and used to solve problems in Cambodia. Check out this blog post "STEM Festival Inspires Cambodian Youth to Become Innovators" written by Mr. Samnang, our IT Manager, to see our activities and the results of our surveys and quiz from the festival.

Greetings from the team at Development Innovations! This February, our 23th and 24th Basic Video Training courses served 20 trainees, including an exclusive training for a team from the NGO consortium CHABDAI Organization. Our March courses are already booked, but you can still register for the courses in April, May, and June. There are limited spaces available so check out what is included in the course here, and register now for only $150 per person, or book an exclusive training for $1,000 for a group of up to 10 people. Book online or call 095 70 2008 for more information. Based on popular demand, we have another course under development @ The Lab. Stay tuned to our social media channels for more information on an NGO-focused social media course.

In January, our 21st and 22nd Basic Video Training courses served 18 trainees, including an exclusive training for a team from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports Cambodia. Our February and March courses are already booked out, but you can still register for the courses in April, May, and June. There are limited spaces available so register now for only $150 USD per person, or book an exclusive training for $1,000 for a group of up to 10 people. Book online or call 095 70 2008 for more information.