This weekend Google Developer Group Phnom Penh organised the 2015 GDG DevFest at the Cambodia-Korea Cooperation Centre.
Posted On : October, 6, 2015 | By សំឡេងទីក្រុង
This weekend Google Developer Group Phnom Penh organised the 2015 GDG DevFest at the Cambodia-Korea Cooperation Centre. It was exciting to see CKCC’s Multipurpose Hall almost full, with around 400 people, mostly young Cambodians. They seemed very interested in learning more about Google’s technologies and potential opportunities to implement these in the Cambodian context.
Highlights of the 2015 GDG DevFest were the Hackathon and a dedicated track dedicated to women in technology. The Hackathon was an opportunity for groups of people to get together and produce a software solution over the course of the weekend; facilitating people’s ability to network with other developers and build on leadership and teambuilding skills. It was also exciting to see the focus on gender in this event, with talks and panel discussions that provided a gender lens on the development and use of technology. As Googler Divon Lan suggested in his opening talk, the gender inequality in the technology community is an evidence that we need to show this area of expertise is not exclusive to men. He concluded that the community has a lot to gain from women’s contribution to technology.
This event was also relevant to the work we do at Urban Voice. At Urban Voice we are always busy finding new ways of engaging people to report urban issues that are important to them. It is always exciting to learn about what works and what does not. Especially as appropriate technologies that enable people to engage with Urban Voice vary considerably, for instance, university students and tuk-tuk drivers are very different in the way they use mobile phones and the Internet. This was an important point raised during the event, as Googler Divon Lan, suggested that an idea needs constant refinement and fast adaptation, which is something we aim for at Urban Voice. He was also excited about the increase in technology adoption in Cambodia, in particular around mobile phones. This is also something we look forward to in our work as mobile platforms facilitate the way we can continue to raise awareness and talk about urban issues in Phnom Penh.
Overall it was great to see many young people participating and working together over the course of the weekend. We look forward to participating again in another successful GDG Devfest next year.