Technovation Cambodia

Technovation Challenge is the world's largest tech entrepreneurship program for young women, focused on girls ages 10-18.

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Technovation Cambodia started as a pilot project to spur social innovation and technology entrepreneurship in 2014, when just one all-girl team from Cambodia submitted their project to the global program. Since then, USAID’s Development Innovations, the Minstry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS), the Institute of Technoogy of Cambodia, participating schools and private sector partners have supported the program to reach more than 600 Cambodians. Participants learn how to identify a problem in their community and learn coding and practical business development skills to develop a mobile app to address the problem. The global program is run by Technovation Iridescent, which offers an open source, hands-on curriculum to develop an app prototype, business plan and video pitch in 12 weeks.
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Why Technovation?

Soucheng is a member of the Technovation 2017 global finalist team from Cambodia. Want to hear more about her experience? Check out this video.


Technovation Cambodia Important Dates & Milestones 2019

Technovation Cambodia Winning Profiles – 2019

Junior Team

1st place National Winner – Junior Division
App’s Name: Amara
Watch their pitch video

The Amara mobile application helps connect tourists to Cambodian artists and performers. The application helps tourists find events and book tickets to celebrate Cambodia’s vibrant arts community.

Senior Team

1st place National Winner – Senior Division
App’s name: Math-Assistant
Watch their pitch video

The Math-Assistant mobile application helps students to learn (and love) math by providing digital math challenges so students can quiz themselves and compete with their friends.

Technovation Cambodia Winning Profiles – 2018

Junior Team

1st place National Winner – Junior Division
App’s Name: MEP Center
Watch their pitch video

MEP Center is an app to help suppliers and customers in the mechanical, electricity and plumbing fields communicate with each other.

Senior Team

1st place National Winner – Senior Division
App’s name: E-Lab
Watch their pitch video

E-Lab serves Cambodian students from grade 7 to grade 12 who enjoy doing science experiment by themselves, and want to connect to fun, online science experiment tutorials.

Technovation Cambodia Winning Profiles – 2017

Global Finalist – Junior Division
App’s Name: Cambodia Identity Product

Cambodia Identity Product help Cambodians connect to a market to sell traditional products online.


1st place National Winner – Junior Division
App’s name: Pre-Health

Pre-Health provides health information for users so they can take care of themselves and live healthy lives.

Technovation Coordinators and Mentors


Voneat PEN
Technovation Ambassador

Voneat is a technology entrepreneur and engineer with experience in the finance and banking industry. She founded start-up 606 in 2018, a company that provides tech and media solutions to SMEs across Cambodia. Voneat also works with a group of young Cambodians to manage a Khmer-language social media campaign called Digital Noodle to raise awareness in Cambodia about emerging tech trends.
Besides the technical background, she is passionate about people’s development, strongly advocate for female inclusion in the economy, especially empowering women in tech.


Lead Mentor

Lydet is a policy research consultant in the public sector and a Master Educator for Technovation Cambodia. He is very active in the tech and innovation communities in Phnom Penh, and volunteers and helps organize tech events like hack-a-thons and business model competitions. Previously, Lydet served in various roles at USAID’s Development Innovations, including Partnerships and ICT Specialist, and ICT Learning Specialist. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Development Economics from the Royal University of Law and Economics.


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Sign up deadline: March 20, 2019


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Supplementary Learning Materials in Khmer


Technical Tutorials

Business Tutorials

Technical and Business Slides For Mentor

Technical and Business Slides For Student

Awesome Media Coverage!

Passion for tech takes Cambodian girls to the world stage

On a recent Thursday afternoon, while school buses make circuitous routes through the grid of Phnom Penh, weaving through standstill traffic, five middle school girls are huddled together

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Your Winners of Technovation Cambodia 2018!

After 12-weeks of intense brainstorming, computer programming research and teamwork, 14 all-girl teams pitched their ideas at the national pitch event

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Cambodian Teams Through to ‘Mini-Final’ of Tech Challenge

The Five Infinities created a smartphone application that provides a platform for customers in the handyman business.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Technovation Cambodia

About Technovation

What are the important Technovation dates that I need to consider?

  • The Cambodia program starts from January 06, 2019 to May 2019.
  • Global Registration opening:October 01, 2018 to March 20, 2019.
  • Submission Deadline: April 23, 2019
When are the pitch events held?

  • National Pitch Event in Cambodia: May, 2019 (Details – to be posted)
  • World Pitch Summit in San Francisco, USA: August, 2019
  • The earlier you register, the more time you will have to work through the curriculum. We recommend starting as early as possible.

How do I register a team?

    After all team members have registered individually and submitted their electronic consent forms on , one team member needs to formally create the team. This can be any student member or mentor. The team member who created the team can invite other students to join from the team page using student email addresses. Mentors and other team members can also search for the team in the "Join a Team" tab and request to join that team. Any team member who is already accepted can approve future team requests.

For Students

Can I form my own team and find a mentor?

    Yes, you can. Students from anywhere are encouraged to form their own team and get technical and business mentors on their own. After creating their team, they can add one or more mentors to their team. They can ask someone they know to sign up as a mentor and join their team, or they can search for a mentor online in the “Add a mentor to your team” tab and click “Search for mentors” and ask any mentor to mentor their team.

Will Technovation teach me how to code?

    Technovation guides and encourages students to get the skills they need to become technology entrepreneurs. Just like in the real world, a high level of technical expertise is not required to start, but some understanding of the technology being created and used to solve problem is useful.
    Upon finishing Technovation and submitting their application, students will have an understanding of some basic computer programming principles and a complete and functional mobile app prototype.

How does Technovation determine my team's division?

    Your team's division for the competition will be determined by the oldest student member of your team. Your team can include students of different ages.

  • The Junior division is for teams that include all students who are 14 years old or younger as of August 1, 2019.
  • The Senior division is for teams that have at least one student who will be 15 years old or older as of August 1, 2019.
Can my team include students from different schools?

    Yes, Technovation teams can include students from different schools.

How old do I have to be to participate?

    All girls ages 10-18 may enter the official Technovation competition. Anyone can access and use Technovation’s free online curriculum by registering at .

How do I find a team?

    Most Technovation teams meet at schools and are facilitated by school teachers. In some cases, parents and other community leaders facilitate teams.
    As a first step, the student should see if she has friends/classmates who would be interested in forming a team. In the case that there are enough students to form at least one team at the school, the students should then look to find a teacher(s) who can volunteer to facilitate the course.
    If there is not enough interest from one school, students can also form teams from multiple schools and find parents to facilitate.

Is having a mentor a requirement to participate?

    It is highly recommended that Technovation teams work with mentors so students can get some perspectives from industry experience. However, having a mentor is not a requirement for teams to participate and submit to Technovation. Teams can connect with mentors after registering and creating a team on

Is having a mentor a requirement to participate?

    It is highly recommended that Technovation teams work with mentors so students can get some perspectives from industry experience. However, having a mentor is not a requirement for teams to participate and submit to Technovation. Teams can connect with mentors after registering and creating a team on .

Do I have to know how to code before joining the program?

    No prior programming experience is necessary for Technovation students or mentors.
    Technovation students learn some basic computer programming principles as they complete the course, but they don’t need to become expert software developers to be successful in Technovation.
    Students rely on their mentors not to know all the answers, but simply to help them figure out how to find the appropriate answers. Most of our mentors are not software engineers, but they are dedicated professionals who are eager to help young women learn new skills and build their confidence.

How much does it cost to participate?

    Technovation is free for all participants. Each team will need up to five girls (ages 10 to 18), a safe place to meet, a laptop with internet, and a smart phone or tablet.

How many teams can participate from each school?

    We recommend a minimum of 3 or 5 teams from each school if possible; with a healthy number of girls involved, the girls tend to keep each other excited and engaged throughout the season. There is no maximum; every school can enter as many teams as they wish.

When do teams meet?

    All students meet with their mentors at a training venue (Technovation clubs) every Sunday, but there are some who meet at home or at their respective schools on weekday or weekend. It’s up to the team and mentors to coordinate additional meeting time that works for them.

For Mentors

Do mentors need to know how to code before starting Technovation?

    Having at least a baseline knowledge of how to code is helpful, but not necessary to mentor. What is most important is that mentors are willing to learn alongside the students and help them through the problem solving process. Mentors are also provided with trainings to provide support in subject areas they may not be familiar with.

Who owns the code and IP developed during Technovation?

    The ownership of all intellectual property (IP) developed through Technovation should be decided by the teams involved in developing them. Technovation and our parent non-profit organization, Iridescent, do not require ownership over any part of competing teams’ apps or associated IP.

How do I sign the volunteer agreement?

    All mentors need to sign the same Volunteer Agreement with Iridescent (Technovation’s parent nonprofit). Mentors can sign the form electronically through the online registration platform, .

Note: Information adapted from Technovation Global