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Applications open for Cambodia ICT Awards 2020

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The previous Cambodia ICT Awards are known to have given recognition to some of the most brilliant minds behind Cambodian tech industry. Supplied.

The most significant national award for local innovators – Cambodia ICT Awards 2020 (CICTA) is coming back to the Kingdom to shake up the innovative community. The competition is now open for application until February 9, welcoming all types of innovators to showcase their brilliant ideas.

Organised by the National Institute of Posts, Telecoms and ICT, the competition is now in its 6th year and aims to motivate innovative uses of digital technology at all ministries, local private companies, startups, social enterprises, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other relevant institutions.

Chea Vichet, Director of Professional Training Center of NIPTICT and the representative of the CICTA said that most ICT products and services in Cambodia are good yet, their existence sometimes do not reach the knowledge of the users. Through the competition, a new way will be paved especially for new generation innovators to make themselves “visible” to the users and investors.

“Therefore, by participating in this competition, they have a chance to showcase their products to judges and get a national-level evaluation. By doing so, it means that they can compare the differences between their own ideas and other innovators’ in the country,” said Mr Vichet.

“If they do succeed in gaining positive recognitions, it validates the fact that they have good products and business ideas, and so they can get more investors and more investment opportunities,” added Mr Vichet.

He continued that in the trend of recent business models, people are keen towards using an online platform as they require little to no cost yet is effective in outreach.

Nowadays, almost every sector in the country are incorporating technology into their business which is a good initiative for the locals to sustain in the competitive market.

He said this is indirectly motivating many innovators – from students to business institutions – to come up with new, unique innovations using existing technology.

Since the start of the CICTA, the competition has accepted 120 nominees and 31 of them won the awards. This year, Mr Vichet hopes that approximately 40 candidates will participate in the competition.

“We would like to encourage the candidates who haven’t received any awards from all the previous year’s competitions to compete again this year.

“We believe that as the time goes by, those innovators would improve their innovative ideas to a better one and ready for a new challenge,” he said, adding that winners might even have a chance to compete at an international stage.

This year, CICTA is offering awards for six categories:

1)    Best E-Government Service of the Year

2)    Best Digital Innovation Organisation                      of the Year

3)    Best Social Innovation Technology of
the Year

4)    Best Digital Content of the Year

5)    Best Digital R&D of The Year

6)    Best Tech Startup of the Year.

 

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