The most significant national award for local innovators – Cambodia ICT Awards 2020 (CICTA) was held in the Grand Ball Room at the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications.
Applications were made in February and all types of innovators were invited to showcase their ideas.
Organised by the National Institute of Posts, Telecoms and ICT (information communications
technology), the competition is now in its sixth year and aims to motivate innovative uses of digital technology at all ministries, local private companies, start-ups, social enterprises, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other relevant institutions.
This year’s award ceremony went a little different to previous years because of COVID-19 with social distancing in place, temperature checks and masks were given out to all attendees.
Chea Vandeth, Cambodia’s Minister of Post and Telecommu-nications, said: “This year COVID-19 has affected everything but ICT has been there to help with the education sector with distance learning and businesses through working online. ICT has also helped us work with the Ministry of Health in setting up a new app to track COVID-19.”
Some of the winners last year included a Cambodia construction app which won best e-government service app of the year, WingMoney was awarded best digital innovation organisation of the year, Muuve won best tech startup of the year, Tesdopi won best social innovation organisation of the year and Jivit took home best digital research and design (R&D) of the year.
The objectives of the ICT awards is to give recognition to talented people and their achievements, innovations and their successes of digital innovation in the ICT sector.
It is also there to motivate new talent within the ICT sector, while promoting and bringing a digital gap between people living in different communities whether that be in the provinces or the cities.
Finally, the awards aim to give the opportunity for people to showcase their achievements and give people the chance to gain investment opportunities within the Kingdom.
Faria Arshad from Data U, one of the winners of the Best Social Innovation Technology award, said: “ICT is so important in Cambodia, we need to make sure we are on the same level as all surrounding countries by working with ministries and other ICT companies. We need to not go out and outsource work so much but go out and find the right people here in The Kingdom. That is what us here at Data U are all about.”
Winners of the five awards went to:
Best Social Innovation Technology Award – Data U (Mekong Big Data)
Best Digital Content Award – Osja Studio (Ey Sey Storytime)
Best Tech Start-Up Of The Year – Smart funds Sala.Co
Best Digital R&D Of The Year – Smart Assistance
Best E-Government Service Of The Year – One Window Service Unit
Winners received prizes and a trophy.