RACHA is proud to announce that two of its staff members, Anna Spelman (second from right) and Sam Sokharun (last on right), both from RACHA's Health Communications Unit, were part of the Grand Challenge Award winning team at this year's Tech Camp Phnom Penh.
TechCamp Phnom Penh is "a two-day technology conference being organized by US Embassy Phnom Penh on March 13 and 14, 2013. The Camp bring[s] together international/local technology experts and highly-motivated participants from NGOs and Civil Society Organizations throughout the region...to provide NGOs and CSOs with training to harness the latest information and communications technologies to help them address some of the most pressing social challenges in Cambodia." TechCamp occurs in many other cities around the world, however, this was the first one held in Cambodia and it was a great success.
The conference had multiple breakout sessions on issues such as fundraising for NGO's, creating a website, using social media effectively, and teaching tools for local schools. After the sessions, participants were invited to make groups to brainstorm major social issues in Cambodia.
On the second day, the groups reconvened to come up with a solution. Anna and Sokharun (along with, from left, Harriet Dwyer from Marie Stopes International Cambodia, Luke Deese from New Life Fellowship Cambodia, and Chhum Bopharan, a student at Vanda University,) made up a group focusing on how to empower women in rural communities to have a voice. The group came up with a simple kiosk system: tablets powered by 3g internet coverage placed in health centers that would enable (both literate and illiterate) women and other community members to log in, receive important public service announcements, take surveys, and report crimes in a safe and confidential way. The kiosks would allow for users to both receive important information while enabling them to share their opinions and experiences.
There were many incredible and creative ideas at the conference, and the group was honored to win the Grand Challenge!
Please check out the article written by Princess Soma Norodom about TechCamp and the winning group on the Phnom Penh Post's website!