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Awards open for innovative tech ideas

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The award is expected to benefit Cambodia’s brightest tech minds. KT/Sok Chan

Enrollment of the fourth Cambodia ICT Awards, for innovative information communications and technology achievements, has opened. Application will close on May 21.

The awards are organised by the National Institute of Posts and Telecoms and ICT (NIPTICT) of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunication, with the event to be held in June.

Applicants can be private companies, start-ups, NGOs or public service institutions. Creative and innovative projects from private companies, start-ups, NGOs and public service institutions are invited to apply.

Launched in 2015, the awards aim to encourage and promote outstanding products and projects in Cambodia.

NIPTICT president Seng Sopheap said yesterday that innovation can come from very different places. This was why there were different categories, allowing young start-ups, private companies, but also public initiatives and NGOs to showcase their creativity.

“Candidates can apply in six different categories including start-up company, digital content, private sector, corporate social responsibility, public sector and research and development,” Mr Sopheap said.

He said that after the first round of selection, shortlisted applicants will be selected to present their projects in front of the jury, composed of business, government officials, civil society and ICT industry representatives for the semi-final round.

“Twelve applicants from different categories will be selected for the final round,” he said.

“The projects will be judged based on their creativity, the benefits brought to society, quality and reliability of the product, and technologies involved in the project,”

“One winner will be awarded per category, among which the three final winners will be selected during the final ceremony on June 15,” Mr Sopheap said.

Thomas Hundt, CEO of Smart Axiata, a leading mobile operator and the main sponsor of the event, said this was an opportunity to demonstrate the strong innovation capacity of Cambodia.

“Our company has always had at its heart to bring new and useful technological services to people. Cambodia ICT awards contribute to making our country more and more attractive and competitive on a technological level,” Mr Hundt said.

Khov Makara, undersecretary of state of MPTC, said the Cambodia ICT Awards were organised to provide chances, to boost, and to encourage young Cambodians who had skills in ICT to showcase their ability and innovative ideas.

It would show their capacity to develop new products, to contribute to solving issues and the needs of Cambodians including travel and daily living.

He said he encouraged all talented and new innovative idea companies in ICT to join the competition.

“The award will be up to $27,000 this year, while, the first winner will receive a prize of $10,000. The second award is $3,000 and $2,000 for the third place. In addition, $2,000 will be offered to the best performance in each category among the six categories,” Mr Makara said.

“Some of the funds are from MPTC’s Research and Development Fund and the sponsor,” he added.

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