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Saoyuth gives voice to BarCamp Phnom Penh 2010

Below is the article written by Tharum Bun from VOA news on BarCamp Phnom Penh 2010. I’ve also joint the two-day event and I was interviewed by him on the first day of the event. Cheers,

Technology is playing a much greater role in the lives and businesses of Cambodians. In response, some 800 tech enthusiasts gathered at a conference in September in an event that has grown steadily over the years.

The two-day event, called BarCamp, brought togehter experts and novices alike, who shared information on a range of topics, from information on applications for computers and mobile devices to access of human rights information.

“The social media of this Internet generation is modern and enables us to publicize information about human rights,” Chor Chanthida, a project officer for the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, told VOA Khmer at the conference. “Old media like radio, TV or print newspapers can be controlled by someone in power, or not aired or broadcast freely. But over the Internet, we can publish news for the public. So that’s the best means to advocacy and to post breaking news on human rights issues, in particular.”

This BarCamp was Cambodia’s third annual gathering, but it has seen a doubling in attendance since 2008. The idea, a free exchange of information, originated with tech fans in Palo Alto, Calif., in 2005 and has since become an international network of events.

“There are many participants and they are keen to share,” said Dara Saoyuth, a student at the Royal University of Phnom Penh. “Our break-out session rooms are not enough to accomodate them.”

Dara Saoyuth attended a session on time management, which, though short, was informative.

“What I’m impressed by is that the presenters are willing to share and are open,” he said. “They are experts, and they can actually make money offering training, but they want to share their skills with young people for free. And even though it’s free, they do their best to explain and help answer questions from the audience.”

Be Chantra, a lead organizer for this year’s BarCamp, said he hoped participants learned something new from presenters and more about Cambodia’s software industry.

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Written by Tharum Bun

After BarCamp Phnom Penh [3]

Though it finished two days ago, I do still remember well about BarCamp Phnom Penh [3], an open technology conference which everyone has chance to express and share their knowledge in any topic related to technology.

This year marks the 3rd time of BarCamp celebration in Cambodia, but it is the first time for me to join as a volunteer for the event. Coming from different places is not a problem since they share the same interest of getting and sharing information.

I missed people who had been working together in organizing the event since one month before 25th-26th September, 2010. We are all getting to know each other clearly when we work and have meal together for three days (one day before the event and two days in the event).

So far, I have added some of those who have facebook account and hopefully those who not yet have the account can create it soon so that we are able to keep in touch together.

Below are volunteer names in BarCamp Phnom Penh [3] that I can find. If anyone cannot see their name, please let me know by any mean for example by email ( so that I will update it as soon as possible.

1. Chea Raksmy 2. Chea Sideith 3. Cheng Bunkheang 4. Chhan Putheary 5. Chhon Meily 6. Dara Saoyuth 7. Vireak Heng 8. Sokchannaroath 9. Khe Longsean 10. Khuoch Khemrath 11. Khuoch Khemren 12. Koam Tivea 13. Long Chanveasna 14. Ly YouY 15. Moung Vandy 16. moung Vathanak 17. Neang Maneth 18. Pen Pichdaro 19. Phay Paty 20. Phoan Putheary 21. Samnang Vitheavy 22. Sath Sokun 23. Sok Eng 24. Soy Somnoup 25. Sroeung Setharoth 26. Sun Narin 27. Tang Khyhay 28. Thon Daravuth 29. Ung Rithpornsak 30. Veng Rachana 31. Voeun Sopheap 32. Vorn Sophea

To see some photo from the event click the link below:
1. BarCamp Phnom Penh [3] first day
2. BarCamp Phnom Penh [3] second day
3. Volunteers take their certificates
To see some articles related to the event click the link below:
1. Why BarCamp in Phnom Penh by Tharum Bun
2. BarCamp Phnom Penh 2010 by Vutha
Dara Saoyuth

Our Activies before BarCamp Phnom Penh [3]

Below are some photos of today activities in preparing for the upcoming event, BarCamp Phnom Penh [3].


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by: Dara Saoyuth

BarCamp Phnom Penh [3] coming up tomorrow

After spending about one month meeting with organizing members, BarCamp Phnom Penh [3] will be hosted its first day by tomorrow, Saturday, September 25, 2010 and will be finished on Sunday.

The two-day event will be started from 8o’clock in the morning and finished at 5:15 in the afternoon. Everyone can join this event for free. To take the most from Barcamp, you should prepared yourself with ideas, topics, laptop, electricity extension (optional), your NAME CARD and other things in order to share with other barcampers.

I’m sure that all of you will get a lot from this event since there will be around 90 topics this year and there will be two panel discussions: “The future of Cambodia software industry – Putting your power of intelligence and creativity to work” & “Tech Startup and IT Business in Cambodia”. Other benefits are:

  • Networking
  • Photo contest and creative logo contest with prizes
  • Free cool Barcamp T-shirts (first in first served)
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free coke or water with sandwiches (limit)
  • Get give-away stuffs for free
  • Lucky Draw
  • Games
  • And more…

So hope to see all of you tomorrow at University of Puthisastra (UP), Phnom Penh…Please see the below map in case you need:

BarCamp Phnom Penh 2010 Venue / by: Barcamp

BarCamp Phnom Penh 2010 Venue / by: Barcamp

For official Website of BarCamp Phnom Penh [3], Click Here
For another article related to BarCamp Phnom Penh [3], Click Here
by: Dara Saoyuth

First Barcamp III Volunteers Meeting

Barcamp III started it’s first meeting with volunteers this afternoon since 3pm until 5pm. This first two hours meeting cannot enable all volunteers from various backgrounds to know each other well, but at least all of them know their positions and know who will be the leaders of their teams.

The best event can never be the best if it is lacked of good preparation, so hopefully it is not too late for Barcamp III since we have decided to start our first meeting from now on in order to discuss about the two day events which will be held from 25th to 26th September, 2010.

Barcamp III will be celebrated in the campus of University of Puthisastra (UP) after it was held at Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center (CJCC) in 2008 and at Pannasastra University of Cambodia (PUC) in 2009.

For more information, please visit BarCamp Phnom Penh website by Clicking Here
by: Dara Saoyuth
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