Startup Weekend EDU Phnom Penh

    Friday, September 29 - October 1, 2017

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Startup Weekend EDU Phnom Penh

Friday, September 29 - October 1, 2017

Friday, September 29 - October 1, 2017
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Emerald Hub
PPIU Building, 11th Floor, Building 36, St, 169, Veal Vong,7 Makara
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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Startup Weekend Education Phnom Penh 2017

Have you ever had an idea for improving education? Here's your opportunity to transform your education ideas into action in 54 hours. Find the right people with complimentary skills & the passion & to work with and learn along the way. No tech skills required! Test your idea with potential customers. Join a community ready to help you take your education concept to the next level!

We're looking for passionate educators, designers, developers, parents, students, and business/non-profit professionals who want to make a difference in education now. Come learn the basics of founding & launching a successful education or edtech venture, while solving real problems in education. You can participate just for the experience -- serious creative thinking, inspired work, and a lot of fun!

The event: We bring together a diverse group of people passionate about making a positive impact on education. In 54 hours, participants share ideas, form teams, build products and launch education or edtech startup. 

Startup Weekend Education begins with open-mic 60-second pitches Friday night that result in the formation of small teams around the best, most viable concepts. Teams spend Saturday and Sunday focusing on validating their idea by talking to users, designing/building prototypes and building a business plan with the help of experienced coaches from the education market. On Sunday, teams present and demo their education products and receive valuable feedback from a panel of expert judges. 

Here are some of the things you get from attending: 
  • 7 meals of food & snacks for the entire weekend
  • A unique opportunity to be mentored and coached by edtech and educator leaders 
  • A network of new local developer, designer, educator, student & entrepreneur friends that are also excited about improving education 
  • A free .co domain name
  • An awesome portfolio piece
  • The possibility of something more...

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Friday September 29th

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

6:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday September 30th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday October 1st

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Thomas Hundt
CEO - Smart Axiata

Thomas has been at the helm of Smart since 2008. He grew Smart from a greenfield operation to the leading mobile provider in Cambodia. He oversaw the key acquisition of Star-Cell in 2011, and continued to function as the CEO of the Company following the merger between Hello Axiata and Smart Mobile in 2013. Thomas’ vast experience in the telecommunications industry is drawn from his time at Siemens AG’s Communication Division and Nokia Siemens Networks. Thomas was also a member of the Supervisory Board of Azerfon in Azerbaijan.

Bolene Pech
President and CEO - The Westline Development Group

Nataly Rodionova
Managing Director - IT Academy STEP

More than 10 years of experience in PR , brand management and marketing communication, including strategy planning and campaigns executions to stand out in the market and bring outstanding financial results. Experience in banking, telecommunication and FinTech industries, as well as consulting for a number of startups in various fields.

Rapid Sun
Vice President - National Institute of Post Telecommunication Information Communication Technology (NIPTICT)

Mr. Rapid SUN is vice president of the National Institute of Posts, Telecoms and ICT (NIPTICT) under Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications. He has worked to promote Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Startup in ICT sector especially organizing the Cambodia ICT Awards in Cambodia. He is also IT professor in some universities as well as consultants in IT projects for public and private sectors more than 15 years.

Coaches and Mentors

Monirath Siv
CEO & Co-Founder - Teach for Cambodia

Monirath Siv is CEO and Co­Founder of Teach For Cambodia, a nonprofit organization that is cultivating the nation’s future leaders to ensure that all children can realize their true potential. Monirath began his career in education with Teach For America in 2012 and taught for two years as a science teacher in USA. He then served as an adjunct faculty at the American University of Phnom Penh. Monirath was featured as one of the ‘Bright Young Sparks’ by ASEAN Forum in 2016. He was also named the California’s New Century Scholar by the Coco­Cola Scholars Foundation and an All­USA Academic Team Member by USA Today. He holds a M.S.Ed in Urban Education from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A in Biology from Washington University in St. Louis.

Sophaline Mao
Partner Programs (Asia-Pacific) - Salesforce

Sophaline is based in Singapore and manages the Partner Programs for Salesforce - the 6th largest software company in the world and is focused on growing the Salesforce Partner ecosystem in the Asia-Pacific region. She also spent nearly 5 years in Salesforce’s Headquarters in San Francisco working within the Global Revenue Operations function serving the communication and training needs to fuel the growth of a global sales army. Sophaline is also fluent in 3 languages: English, Khmer (Cambodian) and Thai with Mandarin as her next desired language to master.

When she is not working to develop her professional career in technology, Sophaline donates her time in contributing to various community and non-profit organizations including the East Bay College Fund in Oakland, CA, Wat Dhammararam Buddhist Temple in Stockton, CA, the Cambodia YMCA Youth Institute in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, the Little Angels Orphanage and Khmer Art Center in Siem Reap, Cambodia, the Dream Beyond Foundation based in Orange County, CA, serves as an Ambassador for the CARE Foundation based in Long Beach, CA, and a sponsor/volunteer with the Cambodian Children's Fund.

Kagnarith Chea
Co-founder - Edemy

Chea Kagnarith is a co-founder of Edemy, a social enterprise with a vision to make quality English education accessible to all. He has graduated with a master degree in English teaching from Arizona State University and has been working in the field of English language teaching for more than 12 years including teaching, managing an English language school, and managing an English teaching publication. 

Vitin Seng
Campus Director - H&K International School

Vitin Seng is the Campus Director at H&K International School after serving more than 11 years in educational field. He has a strong passion in developing human resources and educating students of all ages through outstanding and innovative educational programs. Prior to joining HKIS in 2017, he held various positions such as Head Teacher, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Chancellor at one of the biggest and fast growing language institutes in Cambodia. Mr. Seng holds a Bachelor degree of Education in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and another degree in Business Administration.

Heng Sok
Head Department of Banking and Finance / Management of Information Systems - Zaman University

Sok Heng is currently the head department of Management Information Systems at Zaman University. He is also the co-founder of mLab Cambodia, a edtech company incubated by ZamanU. The team at mLabKH have developed numerous of educational applications and platforms and made them available for all Cambodian youth to use them free of charge. The team believes that technology could be utilized to embrace positive changes in the society. The team was also the recipient of the original mobile application that improve personal financial capability award by the World Bank Group earlier this year. Heng received his master degree in Economic System Design from Chapman University, California.

Master Educator - Technovation Cambodia

Lydet is the Master Educator for a global tech entrepreneurship education and competition program for girls, Technovation Cambodia 2016 - 17. Additionally, he has also been through some hack-a-thon competitions related to education and business model both in local and international as well. Lydet was a Partnership and ICT Specialist for USAID’s technology project; and he is, currently, a policy research consultant for an institution. Lydet likes self-learning, curiosity, trying and test new concept or idea.

Jojo Lam
Director of Development and a founding team member - Teach For Cambodia

Jojo Lam is the Director of Development and a founding team member of Teach For Cambodia, a nonprofit startup adapting the global Teach For All model for the local Cambodian context. She has been involved with the Leadership Residency program at the Harpswell Foundation for the past 2+ years. Prior to Cambodia, Jojo has 10+ years of organizational management experience in the private and public sector in North America. She last worked for the MBA program at the University of California, Berkeley as an Assistant Director of Technology & Communications, has managed candidate and client relations as a recruiter in the San Francisco Bay Area and led a local advisory board for an international women’s organization. She graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a Political Science degree and a minor in Public Policy.

David Tan
Founder and Managing Director - MYTEB Malaysia

David Tan is the founder and Managing Director for MYTEB Malaysia, the technology enabler for education. MYTEB is the leading provider of connected learning devices in Cambodia and is the kingdom's pioneer company to deploy Google Chromebooks in schools and with education based NGOs.  

With over 22 years in sales management and marketing, David's passion is in international business development and sales management. 

Prior to founding MYTEB, he was the Sales Director for Marcus Evans Ltd, an international Training and Development firm before being headhunted to manage sales teams in Singapore and Indonesia. He was instrumental in leading the market expansion teams for several mobile VAS firms into Africa, Australia and Indochina.

He is a graduate of IACT with a major in Advertising and Media Planning. David now spends his time shuttling between Phnom Penh and Kuala Lumpur where he also runs a mobile value added services company. 

Claire Beck
Vice President - Credit Suisse

Claire Beck is a Vice President at Credit Suisse and is based in Zurich. She works in IT managing a Global Team supporting the banks internal applications. Claire has over 10+ years of IT Management experience in both Financial Services and New Media Industries. She graduated from UMIST with a BSc in Computation and from Uni. of Liverpool with an MSc in International Management. Claire is currently in Cambodia working with Teach for Cambodia on leadership development.

PMO Manager - Smart Axiata Limited

Sajid Salim is working as PMO Manager at Smart Axiata Limited, leading major digital transformation drives of the country’s largest telecom operator. With almost 5 years of experience in telecom industry, Sajid worked in customer service, worked as transformation project team member, managed network deployment project, lead cloud service deployment, completed digital service product deployment, driven HRIS revamp, launched products targeted towards high-value customer segment, etc. He is one of the talent pool members of Robi Axiata Limited. Since 2016 he has been working in Smart Axiata limited and along with his team he has been driving digital transformation projects. He graduated with Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from North South University, Bangladesh. As a student, he has represented Bangladesh in SAARC Japan Leadership Development Seminar in Tokyo, Japan; Organized conferences in Bangalore, India. During 2007-08 he served AIESEC in North South University, Bangladesh as a Local Committee Vice-President Incoming Exchange (corporate & development). He also has experience in B2B sales and event management.

Youleng Tak
Senior Project Management Office Specialist - Smart Axiata Limited

Youleng possesses a wide range of professional work experiences in different industries for the past few years, ranging from Education, Banking and Finance and Telecommunications. She started in 2013 as a Teacher of English at the Australian Centre for Education, then got promoted to teach the IELTS course and given a role as the Advertising and Sponsorship Coordinator for the CamTESOL conference organized by IDP Education. In 2014, she competed with many young, potential, ambitious candidates in the Young Banker Program (Management Trainee Program) at ANZ Royal and got selected after going through a round of stringent selection stages. There she worked closely with the customer-facing teams from all ANZ branches, the credit assessment team as well as the operations team to support the sale, assessment and distribution of credit cards and personal loans. She then moved to Belgium after about a year at the bank to pursue her master's degree. Upon her study completion, she has joined Smart Axiata as the Senior Project Management Office Specialist, where she is handling a portfolio of digital projects such as Mobile Connect, ChatBot and Microsoft Office 365 and assist her project teammates when needed.

Boromey SREANG
Co-Founder & Managing Director - WEduShare

Boromey is Managing Director and Co-Founder of WEduShare, an online-community platform that provides youth the power to connect to learning opportunities in both formal and informal education. Boromey has graduated in Business Management major at University of Cambodia with various international experiences through professional development program and exchange studies in USA, South Korea, Thailand and Malaysia. He had been working as management consultant for an international management consultant firm before his current position as well.

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The Startup Weekend EDU Phnom Penh team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Phnom Penh is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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Event Staff

Sovannroth Chhem

Sovannroth had spent more than 2 years of her university life volunteering and working in a youth-run organization known as AIESEC in Cambodia. She had taken a leadership role as its president, managing people, organizing events, and speaking with corporate sponsors and partners. Throughout her practical challenging experiences with AIESEC, she has found her interest in being entrepreneur and wanted to stretch herself to learn and try new things. She is now a fresh graduated student from Royal University of Law and Economic majoring in International Relations, working as a community manager at TRYBE, the newest maker space and a startup community space in Phnom Penh. And she is excited to be part of Startup Weekend team to contribute to make the event possible.

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