Grand Challenge Award

After groups present their final problem-solution sets, our committee will nominate a group as the Grand Challenge Winner.

*Group members must be registered and attend both days of the event to receive this award.


Grand Challenge Award

  • iPod Shuffle
  • US Embassy T-Shirt
  • USAID T-Shirt
  • TechCamp T-Shirt
  • 3 Microsoft Windows 8 Licenses

Judging Points

  1. Creativity and Innovation
  2. Execution and Clarity of Presentation
  3. Effective use of Technology
  4. Concise Action Plan or Follow-up Plan
  5. Relevance to Combating Human Trafficking


  • Dustin Dockiewicz
    • Foreign Service Officer US Embassy Phnom Penh
  • Lina In
    • Lina was born in Phnom Penh, graduated from the Institute of Foreign Languages (IFL) with a Bachelor of Education in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) in 2011. She is currently a Communication Officer at Cambodia Community Justice Assistance Partnership (CCJAP), a law and justice project funded by AusAID, and a member of the U.S Ambassador’s Youth Council (U.S AYC).  She is also a network of International UNESCO Youth Peace Ambassadors in Cambodia implementing action plans for peace.  Lina is very fond of participating in youth development programs and other voluntary charity works, and wishes to contribute the best of her ability to influence reforms for the better future of Cambodia.
  • Lydia Ng
    • Lydia was born in the Philippines to an ethnically Chinese family, spent her younger years in the Philippines, Malaysia, and Cambodia, but returned to her passport country – Canada – for university. She graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in the faculty of Communication and Culture, majoring in International Development at the University of Calgary in Alberta. Following this she has worked with international and local relief and development organizations, including Samaritana, a local NGO in the Philippines working in the anti-human trafficking sector. She currently works with Samaritan’s Purse Canada, hosting teams from Canada that partner with Clear Cambodia, a local NGO that works in the WASH sector across Cambodia.
  • Margaret Pearce
    • Margaret Pearce is a technical consultant for Hewlett-Packard. Margaret specializes in web technologies. Based out of the Detroit, Michigan area, Margaret spends her free time developing a one-stop-shop genetics website. She has bachelors degrees in Computer Science and Computational Mathematics from University of Michigan-Dearborn.
  • Sonia Kim

Follow-up Grant and Seed Money


The McCain Institute will help provide seed money towards a project after the TechCamp is complete.  This application process will occur after the TechCamp is over.  More details to come.

3 thoughts on “Grand Challenge Award

    • On day one, you will work together with other NGO’s to come up with a challenge/question regarding a social issue in Cambodia. On day two you will form groups to solve that challenge. At the end of day 2 you will present your problem-solution set and a committee will award the group with the most innovative and creative idea.

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