Trainers are multi-dimensional roles at TechCamp. At the beginning of a TechCamp, trainers introduce everyone to new technologies through fast-paced project presentations that provide a case study of how a particular technology has helped a CS organization. Later in the TechCamp, trainers lead small group discussions with NGOs/CSOs around topics that are relevant to the issue that the TechCamp is tackling. Trainers also put on their training hat and provide hands-on training for the CSOs.
Princess Norodom Soma – Host
Princess Norodom Soma was born on October 29, 1969, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Soma and her family were the first refugees to arrive in the U.S. and resided in Long Beach, California in 1975. Soma holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Telecommunications & Journalism, with an emphasis in News and Public Affairs (1993) and has completed the Master’s Program in Mass Communication at California State University, Fresno.
She is a Columnist for the Phnom Penh Post, #1 newspaper in Cambodia, commentating on the social issues affecting the country. The weekly column titled, “Royal Rebel, The Social Agenda with Princess Soma Norodom,” is the #1 most read section in the paper.
She has been selected to speak at Norton University’ Debate Club, FILMCAMpKH 2012, and Khmer Talks 2012, Host and Guest Speaker for TEDxPhnom Penh 2012, and was the host of all the competitions at the CAMFOOD/CAMHOTEL 2012 Tradeshow at Diamond Island, and also presided over the Closing and Awards Ceremony, sponsored by the Cambodian Restaurant Association.
In March, 2013, Soma hosted TechCamp Phnom Penh, the first time in Cambodia, and in July, 2013, hosted “the movie premiere, “Girl Rising”, a CNN Films, in Phnom Penh. The film by Academy Award nominee, Richard Robbins, tells the stories of 9 extraordinary girls from 9 countries, which includes Cambodia, showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world.
This year, 2013, the Rotary Club of Phnom Penh honored Soma with their highest merit, “Peace Through Service Woman’s Leadership Award,” for her mass media communications, humanitarian and charitable programs and projects across and outside the Kingdom of Cambodia, which brought about significant improvements in the quality of lives of the target group beneficiaries and their positive outcomes contributed to the overall peace, progress and development of the country vis-a-vis her sterling leadership as an empowered woman-in-peace and development.
She is active in charity organizations in Cambodia and is proud to be an Ambassador for Happy Tree Orphanage, home to kids with HIV/AIDS in Phnom Penh.
Soma is an avid blogger herself and was chosen as one of the Top Ten Cambodian Bloggers by the U.S. Embassy-Cambodia in 2012.
Jamie Findlater – Host
A member of the U.S. State Department TechCamp team, Jamie works to organize and facilitate TechCamp events that aim to equip NGOs with strategies for implementing low cost, easy to implement technology solutions to help mission goals. Prior to this experience, Jamie worked to implement Department of State internal collaboration tools, consulting with and educating Embassies and Domestic State department offices about new and emerging technology solutions. Jamie has an extensive background in U.S. Government and Communications Consulting at the Department of Defense, White House, and Congressional Offices.
Becky Palmstrom – BBC
I started reporting on trafficking in South East Asia in 2008. Since then, I have worked through the Nation Investigative Fund to produce a series for National Public Radio (NPR’s) Morning Edition on trafficking in the Thai fishing industry. With BBC Global News I am doing further investigative journalism on the topic and would love to know how to use technology to increase the impact of this work.
As a media trainer for BBC Media Action, I also work on a weekly radio show that educates young Myanmar audiences on the issues most relevant to their lives – including migration and trafficking. As a media professional, I have experience of using film, online and radio journalism to promote change in people’s lives.
My organisation, BBC Media Action focuses on how the media can be used to empower people. It has worked in various parts of the world to raise awareness of human trafficking. This year in Burma we used multiplatform journalism to highlight the issue of trafficking and the dangers of unsafe migration. In India BBC Media Action runs a ‘bonded labour’ project, supported by google. This project supports a weekly radio show that raises awareness of bonded labour and trafficking. As our work in Burma expands, we hope to address some of the key issues facing the country, including trafficking.
Frontline SMS – Cathryn Stickel
A lack of communication can be a major barrier for grassroots non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in developing countries. FrontlineSMS is the first text messaging system created exclusively with this problem in mind.
By leveraging basic tools already available to most NGOs — computers and mobile phones — FrontlineSMS enables instantaneous two-way communication on a large scale. It’s easy to implement, simple to operate, and best of all, the software is free; you just pay for the messages you send in the normal way.
Cathryn is the Operations Manager for FrontlineSMS,recently named the #1 tech NGO in the world by the Global Journal. Cathryn represents the organization on issues of gender, youth, and education and has traveled around the world to train social good organizations on the use of our software and mobile best practices. Cathryn also manages the operations of the FrontlineSMS social enterprise, from finances to human resources and logistics. Prior to FrontlineSMS, Cathryn worked at the George Washington University where she also received her MA in Global Communications in 2011. @CathrynStickel
Using SMS to track and respond to trafficking
Jesse Orndorff – Web development, CMS and Mobile Development
Jesse Orndorff is a website designer & developer from Seattle, Washington. He is also the founder of the online marketing agency Bearded Media.
His work has been displayed in the New York Times, AOL, CNN, Yahoo!, and the Wall Street Journal. But more importantly, Jesse is crazy obsessed about the future of the internet & how it can make our lives easier.
You can see his work at: jesseorndorff.com
Open Institute – IVR
(GDG) Google Development Group Cambodia
Luke Weatherson – Freedom Registry and Chabdai
The Freedom Registry project idea was first created in 2009. Launched in 2012, the Registry is the first vetted and dynamically updated database of its kind for the human trafficking movement.
The Freedom Registry application is currently being tailored to, and replicated in, several countries around the world.
International registry for connecting anti-trafficking stakeholders
Nora Lindstrom – Urban Voice – Ushahidi Crowd-mapping
Chanmann Lim – InSTEDD iLab SEA
Piseth Chhourm – Microsoft – Technology for Good
Fernando Travieso – Golden Gekko
Golden Gekko’s UI Designer Fernando Travieso, will be on hand to share visions when reaching audiences in a connected world and discuss the trends that are shaping the future of mobile solutions. Come with your ideas, concepts and sketches to share and discuss with the TechCamp community.
Applying Digital Marketing Strategies to Raise Awareness for Human Causes
Case Studies: Africa Hero App, ONE & U2 Concert Tour, The Karuna Connection Campaign
Adrienne Ravez – Endorphine Concept
Rothana Chhourm – DirexPlay
MTV Exit – Campaign Coordinator
Ear Uy (Louis) – Osja Studio
Vannak Lach – Sithi
Sithi means ‘rights’ in Khmer, the language of the Khmer people and the official language of the Kingdom of Cambodia. Sithi.org has two main purposes. First, to encourage civil society organisations and others working on human rights in Cambodia to be more effective by providing information and resources to encourage greater professionalism, specialism and collaboration. Second, to provide information on the human rights situations in Cambodia to increase awareness and understanding of human rights in Cambodia in order to mobilize action to protect and promote them.
John Weeks – Crowd Sourcing
Kalsoom Lakhani – Invest2Innovate
Arjun is an engineer and entrepreneur who believes in designing for efficiency and economy. After a year supporting a major telecom operator in the outsourcing industry followed by 4 in the virtualization startup world designing and implementing solutions for Wall Street customers Arjun realized that he preferred building solutions for people rather than for enterprises. Now he spends his time deploying social technology projects, hacking up ways to link social technology projects (and other things) to each other as well as to cloud services, training people to use such hacks and pitching open source and open standards as a way of life, all for a fee when possible and food, shelter and transportation when not. Arjun likes the idea of fixing rather than re-inventing the wheel, but doesn’t mind re-inventing when its in order.
Santel Phin – Khmer Bird Blog
Kounila Keo – Blue Lady Blog
Bryan Nunez – The Guardian Project
Anirudh Bhati – Wikimedia and Wikipedia
Anirudh Bhati is a legal consultant based in Phnom Penh. He is a co-founder with Wikimedia India, a non-profit organization based in Bangalore, dedicated to the advocacy of free knowledge. Wikimedia India is an officially recognized chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation that operates Wikipedia and its sister projects.
Anirudh has been an editor and an administrator on the English Wikipedia since 2006 where he regularly writes and edits content related to governance, politics and the law, specially pertaining to South Asia and Southeast Asia.
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, has over 16 million articles available in more than 270 languages. It is one of the top five websites in the world and receives over 500 million page views each month. Wikipedia is fast becoming the largest website in Southeast Asian languages such as Khmer, Thai, Laotian and Vietnamese as its base of users grows among residents of these countries due to expanding Internet access and wide availability of technological support for the regional languages.
The process of the creation of the world’s largest encyclopedia is entirely handled by volunteers belonging to various demographic groups without any central command or authority directing their actions. In that sense, Wikipedia is truly a free encyclopedia – free as in free speech and free as in free beer – with contributors voluntarily giving their time for the sake of documenting the sum of all human knowledge.
Open Development Cambodia
Open Development Cambodia is an “Open Data” website, the first of its kind in mainland Southeast Asia. The global “Open Data” movement is based on the simple premise that data collected for public interest should be publicly available – without restrictions, and that information or “data” in the public domain should be freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions. We have no agenda, other than to offer you food for thought. Bon Appétit!
Nathalie Sajda – Open Dream
Information is power. Opendream weaving information systems to your control, excelling the power of your organization.
We are a social enterprise with expertise in Internet solution development and information design. All the Opendream crews are digital natives from diverse backgrounds and experiences, with one single bold aim — deliver the information, change the world.
Phattanajet Limwirat – Change Fusion
The mission of Change Fusion Institute (CF) is to foster innovative solutions to increasingly complex social and environmental challenges through the creative use of new technologies, emerging perspectives and innovation networks.
CF executes its mission by catalyzing high-impact, scalable and sustainable social innovations and social enterprises.
Melissa Cockroft – Marie Stopes International
Marie Stopes International Cambodia is a non-government organisation providing sexual and reproductive healthcare services to Cambodian men and women. Established in Cambodia in 1998, Marie Stopes mission is “Children by Choice not Chance.” Marie Stopes International Cambodia provides sexual and reproductive health services in 20 of Cambodia’s 24 provinces through a variety of channels including eight clinics, two mobile clinical outreach teams and by providing technical support and capacity building to the Cambodian Ministry of Health.
Melissa Cockroft is a sexual, reproductive health and HIV/AIDS technical specialist with over 6 years experience implementing a range of projects. Based in Phnom Penh, Melissa is currently working with Marie Stopes International Cambodia as Technical Support Manager and was instrumental in leading the design and implementation of its social media strategy to promote sexual and reproductive health.
Using Social Media to Improve Your Health and Your Future