Are you excited for 2017? Do you want to use new technologies in your work next year? Come see us! In December, our lab served over 80 clients with training and coaching services, with lots of interest in social media coaching. Also this month, our 17th and 18th Basic Video Training courses served 20 trainees, including an exclusive training for ADRA Cambodia’s provincial managers. Our January course is already booked out, and you can register now for the following two courses: February 7th-9th, 2017 and March 7th-9th, 2017. 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.

This study by Open Institute, funded by Development Innovations and The Asia Foundation, examines Cambodian phone users’ knowledge, attitudes and practices in relation to Khmer-language typing, writing and search habits, and identifies the factors motivating them to use (or not use) Khmer script. It also attempts to identify changes and trends in the way Khmer-enabled phones are being used, including their role as a means of accessing the Internet – in particular, Facebook, the most popular social media site in Cambodia.

First, a quick update from our Innovation Lab! This month, we are excited to publish our new project video which will show you what we have been working on and how you can access our services. Also this month, our 15th and 16th Basic Video Training courses were successfully delivered to 20 trainees. If you don’t already know about this course, it’s a three-day basic videography course, conducted in Khmer, in which students will learn about theories related to storytelling, messaging, videography, video concept design, camera operation, and basic shooting and editing.

This month, we announced our latest Basic Video Training course offering. It is a three-day basic videography course in Khmer where students will learn about theories related to storytelling, messaging, videography, video concept design, camera operation, and basic shooting and editing. Students will have one day for shooting outdoors, and then be taught practical editing on the second day. On the third day, students will produce their very own videos and distribution plans.

On September 21st, we re-launched the 2nd Floor space on Street 271 as The Lab @ Development Innovations. Our new Lab will no longer serve as a free public space, since there are so many other great co-working spaces across Phnom Penh. Instead, it will focus on tech coaching, in-demand training like basic video production and basic social media, and provide hands-on tech advice targeted to the civil society community. Anyone can sign up for free advisory sessions or training through our website.

Earlier this month, Cooperation Committee for Cambodia (CCC) and the Development Innovations team met up to talk more about our long-term partnership. We are teaming up to refine ICT services for CCC members NGOs across the country, especially digital monitoring and data collection tools and video services. Also in August, Development Innovations and partner Impact Hub Phnom Penh launched an exciting one-year social business incubator program called EPIC (Entrepreneurship Program Impact for Change). Impact Hub and DI will support selected tech-based social ventures in Cambodia with technical and business coaching and support to help them launch their businesses. Do you have a business idea that will have a great social impact? See if this opportunity fits your business idea and apply.

In July, Development Innovations issued a new call for grants, this time for technology-enabled projects. Development Innovations wants to fund small grants of up to $50,000 for ICT projects in Cambodia. We are seeking applications from civil society organizations and and private-sector companies to fund the following activities: - Design and/or test of ICT Tool - Use of ICT to test content or messaging with users - Improvement and/or localization of existing tool/technology - Deployment of Tool, including funds for marketing costs, communication strategies and/or promotion of the deployment of the tool. For more details and requirements, please visit our website at www.development-innovations.org/technology-funding/

In June, Development Innovations' Facebook page reached 10,000 Likes. To celebrate this and to thank to all of our Facebook's followers, we also randomly selected 10 winners from all of our followers to give away 10 Barcamp Battambang t-shirt. In addition, 4 experts from our team volunteered to share their experience as the speakers for a variety of workshops during Barcamp Battambang, which was held 15-26 June. The month of June also featured the 2016 Cambodia ICT Awards. The 3 winners of the event were online bus ticket booking service BookMeBus, mobile payment system SmartPay, and Tosfund crowdfunding platform.

On May 7th, Development Innovations hosted an event called Robotics Basics, organized by The Liger Learning Center. The Liger Learning Center is an innovative organization and school that supports promising children from low-income families. This event introduced robotics to fourth to sixth graders and allowed the Liger Learning Center students to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for robotics to encourage Cambodians to learn more about robotics.

Despite the Khmer New Year holiday, April was a busy month for the team at Development Innovations (DI). In collaboration with the Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM), DI provided social media training to participants from 53 civil society organizations across Cambodia. With our support, Technovation Cambodia held its first ever National Pitch Event at CKCC and BarCamp Ratanakiri kicked off this past weekend. As many of the tech solutions we help build are launched, we also participated in reflection workshops  and user feedback sessions in Phnom Penh and Kampong Speu. If you want to hear more from us, please like our Facebook page and subscribe to our mailing list for exclusive contents on ICT for Development, funding, training and events.