How Do I Change Cambodia? (Year 3 Reflection)

“Use the potential, talent, and passion you possess to be the change you want to see in the world – Angely”

The Lives of My Villagers along the Mekong River in Kratie Province.

I was born, raised, and had been living my whole life in Cambodia, a country that has been constantly reforming after the destructive history of the Khmer Rouge genocide which did not only killed millions of people but also leaves many damages on this once-prosperous country and its citizens. The trauma and the intense oppression from the genocide leave the older generation fearful of new possibilities, revolutionary ideas, and innovative ways to help change this country. The stereotypes, discriminations, and traditions of our culture keep all of us in a fixed mindset-box which contradicts the possibilities of new technological and innovative solutions to the major problems in our society. For instance, the gender gaps in Cambodian society that discriminate women from pursuing careers in entrepreneurship, technological, architectural and scientifical fields which results in the lack of human resources that results in the decrease of the development of the whole nation. Due to these inequalities and gaps I have seen in this once-prosperous country, I strongly believe that fair and equal distribution of career opportunities and rights for people, especially those who belong to certain racism or gender, will benefit the country and the world as a whole and leads to a better future for humankind.

 In our society, there is this invisible stereotype that lives inside the mindset of people that limits girls, people with disability, LGBTQ community or people with different skin colors and religions from being who they are, limits their opportunities and choices, take away their rights and freedom. As an example, most people would think that men are better coders and business managers than women​, which therefore results in fewer opportunities giving to girls in order to pursue these fields. However, I believe women are as talented and can be as successful as men if given the same education, career opportunity, and freedom. If society can encourage all kinds of people, regardless of their identity, all nations would bolster because of the increase in human resources. 

Promoting opportunities and encourage girls and children towards participating in programming, entrepreneurship, and science. 

Technovation 2019 (1st place from Junior Division)

My Technovation team when we finally finished the main course and just pitched our ideas to the judges. It was a privilege to be a part of this changing community.

This school year (2018-2019), I and the other four girls built a team (The Credos) for a business and coding competition called Technovation. This competition aims to enhance girls’ interest and skills in entrepreneurship and technology by creating a 12-week program to teach girls both of these skills. What is even more special about Technovation is the competitions that are held both nationally and internationally that allow girls to compete, pitch their business ideas and showcase the application that they have developed throughout the course. Everyone who has participated in the regional pitching events was blown away by the innovative ideas, confidence, and professionalism and especially, the entrepreneurship and technology mindsets that all Cambodian of those courageous Cambodian girls have shown. Because of the hard work we put in, there was a successful achievement that happened that day of the national pitch event. 

Our team (The Credos) won the 1st place from the Junior division, even though we are just 13-14! This achievement and the overall program are great inspiration for young start-up developers and coders. Most importantly, it debunks the stereotype that girls aren’t as talented coders and entrepreneurs as boys and showcases that the stereotype that girls or children aren’t talented coders and entrepreneurs is definitely just a one-sided story. 

First Lego League Robotics in Singapore: Developing the Possibility of Change for the Astronauts and the Future of Technology. 

In March 2019, I was a part of the Robotics team that went to compete in Singapore with hundreds of other teams from around the world. There were 5 girls and 5 boys that worked together on this project. The FLL competition requires students to program the robots to complete missions which include researching problems that the astronauts are facing when they go out in explorations that are within our solar system and coming up with ideas to solve these problems for them. This project highly encourages students, especially girls who normally can’t find opportunities to work on technology-related and science-related projects. It gives all of us a chance to play with block-coding, robot controlling and researching on real scientific problems. 

Our Team’s Robot

This project shows me that girls and young students are a strong force that supports and pushes the whole team towards success. We can research about scientific problems and come up with innovative ideas to help astronauts with their problems, and more importantly, we can embrace and promote collaboration in the team well.

A Team Spirit Moment

Our creative solutions are presented to the judges, and many appreciations, astonishments, and supports are shown from the smile of the judges when we confidently presented our project to them. Finally, we won an award from the competition which is ‘Overseas Best Performing Team’ and received a trophy and medals. This success is not just about winning the competition, but also about how students and girls can develop the possibility of change and have the potential to create a better world. 

Young Students are Capable and Passionate Raise Awareness about Necessary Change

Almost all events, conferences, campaigns or other social activities consist of mostly adults, trying to raise awareness and encourage change in communities, but I believe young students have the ability to do the same, with their open-minded ideas and the vision of a better future. 

Cambodian Model United Nations Conference, The solutions worth implementing. 

Delegations from the Liger Leadership Academy

In May 2019, there is a Cambodian Model United Nations Conference that is organized by three senior girls from the Liger Leadership Academy and participated by young high-school students who, surprisingly, are mostly girls! It was a mind-blowing experience, with young students expressing their concerns towards global issues and sharing ideas towards making a change, not only in their community but also for common good for the world as a whole.

The Delegates of Different Countries who are in General Assembly 3.

Each student came to the conference with a country that they will represent as delegates. The students represent their country very well while debating on the different resolutions on each of the issues. I was the delegate of the United Kingdom who was debating in General Assembly 3, which covered the topic of Gender Equality for the LGBTQ community and the Question of Improving Air Quality Throughout the Globe.

I was talking about my statement in a resolution for the Question of Improving Air Quality Around the Globe.

Despite the young age, students took initiatives to come up to the podium and presented their ideas with formal language, respect towards racism and differences in different countries, especially, their ideas were very practical for realistic practices for governments around the world. I believe youths are a strong force for our future, so creating opportunities and encouragement for them to express their ideas and solutions for global issues can be a big benefit for mankind. 

Ideas Empowered at ISPP TEDx Talk 

I was talking about Empowering Literature in Cambodia and the Benefits of Reading and Writing.

Where are the best resources for creative ideas? Where can we find great and inspiring empowerment? Well, the TEDx Talks presented in the theme of Ideas Empowered that are delivered on December, 1st, 2019 is amongst the most mind-changing presentations you can ever find in Cambodia. Young students delivered presentations that showcase their perspectives and concerns towards the different field of issues, from Environmental Topics, Literature and Culture topics to Growth-Mindset, Stereotypes and Discriminations Topics. I was one of the speakers of this event, and I was talking about Empowering Literature in Cambodia because I believe that literature has the power to change lives, encourage, and embrace voices from people, and change the mindsets of the society. I talked about the importance of reading and preserving literature and how it can help us to achieve both personal and social goods. (To know more about my talk, check out this portfolio post)

The tremendous flow of different ideas and mindsets from the bright young presenters shook the audience to the core, leaving them refreshed with new perspectives towards society and life. raising awareness about global issues, helping them to unlock their potential from the part of their mind they have never been aware of, encouraging audiences to step out of their comfort zone and to start reaching for their dreams and a life well-lived, and more advantages that the audience experience. It was one of the most inspiring events for me because seeing the bright young students that are the key to our future generation filled with such enthusiasm to change the world into a better place is just what we need for this world. 

It is understandable that Cambodia or other countries, that have been through great disasters in their history, are fearful of changes and revolutions in ideas and mindsets, for instance, stereotypes or discriminations against people with a certain age, gender or race. However, I wish to encourage everyone to start embracing new ideas, mindsets, solutions, and technologies that can lead our world to a better future. Instead of protesting those new concepts, try to consider its advantages that can help our world. Encourage voices from all kinds of people, regardless of their age, gender or race. If we want a bright future for the next generation, we need to start taking action and creating the change right now! Everything starts from ourselves, so begin to explore your own potential, talent, and passion and how can you use that to contribute to change this world. How can you raise awareness about change, encourage change, develop the possibility of change in your very own community? I believe that each and every one human being has a unique potential to be a part of the change. We are important change-makers and we have the ability to do so. Therefore, we need to work and collaborate together to encourage the possibility of a bright future for the next generation. 


Ministry of Education Youth and Sport Technovation Presentation

If you can already change and inspire the ministry of Education Youth and Sports, I am positive you will be the next generation of positive change agents for Cambodian future through your works and efforts as I have seen‘ — His excellency, Hong Choun Naron, the minister of MoEys Cambodia. 

On the 15th of July, 2019, My technovation group (The Credos) went to the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport (MoEYS) to present our project of developing Amara, an application that helps artists and empower Cambodian Culture. 

His excellency: Hong Choun Naron and the four teams of Technovation Group 2019 along with honorable guesses. (Photo from Technovation Cambodia)

After gotten an invite from the ministry, we were so excited to share our project with the minister and the people there. It is a perfect opportunity to expand and find more supports as well as critical comments for our application from experienced economists and government workers.

His Excellency, Hong Choun Naron. The Minister of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports giving encouraging and wise remarks on the Technovation projects. (Photo from Technovation Cambodia)

His excellency, Hong Choun Naron, the minister of the Ministry of Education Youth and Sports, was also delighted to meet with the four teams. He shows immense support and encouragement for our applications while giving us a lot of thoughtful and wise feedbacks. His remarks were extremely inspiring to me, as well as everyone there. 

The discussion opened with delighted pleasure, with teams sharing their highlights, lessons, and perspectives towards technology and entrepreneurship education in Cambodia, and how Technovation helps to empower girl, especially how it debunks the stereotype of Cambodian girls. 

My team, the Credos, presenting our application to the ministry. I, in the yellow skirt, was explaining the special features of Amara and how it can help empower Cambodian culture back while benefiting the careers of artists. (Photo from MoEYs Cambodia)

The four teams, including my team, the Credos,  then got a chance to present our pitch presentations to the floor. Everyone in the hall was pleased to see how the dreams and potentials of us as Cambodian girls would give back great impacts on our still impoverished society.

All of the applications from the four teams responded to the real needs of the current Cambodian Society and will positively make huge impacts on the lives of millions of people out there. Although our project is still in a prototype form, We have high expectations of its future development and launching for the great impacts it will bring to our country, and hopefully the world. 

This fruitful meeting was held in a big hall in the ministry. Everybody attentively listened to His Excellency, Hong Choun Naron and was greatly inspired by the speeches of him, as shown in the picture. (Photo from: MoEYS Cambodia)

In the meeting, I notice how all of us seems to be immensely supportive of how Information Technology and Education for girls can create a better future for Cambodia Economics. How the ministry acceded the touchstone of future education with Techentrepreneurship gives me a real optimism of Cambodian future human resources. 

It was a privilege to be a part of this marvelous meeting. The lessons and inspiration from the ministry will always be a powerful message that shapes my dreams and who I want to be in the future. 

How Technovation 2019 Shapes Me and My Vision of Change?

A large number of females all around the world are really new to the idea of Technology and Entrepreneurship, due to the stereotype: ‘Girls who cook, Boys who code’.

 For decades, women are seen as uneducated, incapable of running businesses and belong to the kitchen, when men are out in the business world, programming applications and have most of the right to pursue a career they want. 

Is it reasonable, fair, and beneficial to continue this stereotype? 

Or Must we debunk this stereotype and start encouraging women? 

What is Technovation and How it fights the stereotype of girls towards innovation? 

Technovation is an international program that offers girls all around the globe (in the age of 12 to 18) the opportunity of learning the skills to become tech entrepreneurs. This 12-weeks program invites girls to work in teams to identify any major or small problems in their community and create a mobile application to help solve the problems. At the end of the program, the teams are required to pitch their ideas to regional pitching events and determine the regional winners. In addition to that, we also submitted our work to the global judges for international competition. 

The program focuses on four mains skills including: 

  1. Ideation (Identify a problem in the community) 
  2. Technology (Develop a mobile app solution)
  3. Entrepreneurship (Build a business plan to launch the app) 
  4. Pitch (Bring the business to the market). – Technovation Challenge

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The immense impact Technovation has made is hopeful for the future of Girls. According to Technovation Survey from participants, more girls are interested in Computer Science, Entrepreneurship and Business Leadership. 

Visit the Technovation Website and Detailed Description of the Program

My Personal Journey in Technovation Cambodia

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I’m presenting the features of Amara to the Judges during National Pitch Event.

Due to my interest in Business and Entrepreneurship, I have been joining Technovation for 3 years in a row. During these years, I have grown a lot in terms of understanding Entrepreneurial Concepts, Business Management, Leadership Skills and Embracing a team, Professional Pitching, and Public Speaking. After joining this program, I have developed a passion for Tech Entrepreneurship, because I see the need in my community and the great change that Tech Entrepreneurship can bring to my country, and the world. 

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How do I change Cambodia? (2017-2018)


  • How do I think about Change?


The most time that I can extend my mind to think about change is during travelling. I usually found myself looking out of the window of the car or observing from my motor. I usually observe what is the culture of Cambodian lifestyles and what are the problems that they are facing. Desire of helping them with their problems suddenly filled up my heart. I was just there, looking at their struggles and not able to do anything to help them. I wanted to do something in the future that would make this world more convenient to live, more efficient and be a better place. I found a huge contrast between Liger community and the real outside world. In Liger, it is like a community of values, wisdom, kindness, and wonderful characterized people. We have enough freedom to work and learn new things.. Students, Stuffs and Boards are valued equally. We understand and forgive each other with kindness. On the other hand,  the outside community seems like a world full people who needs help with finding clean water, foods, clothes, jobs or schools to learn, etc. . For instant, one day when I was travelling from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh, I saw people who were frowning looking at other people eating. When I was riding my car in the city, I saw some uneducated kids selling flowers on the road at light stops. Back at my hometown, I saw families full of violence and shouting everyday. After those observing, I thought about what can I do to help change these problems?


Gender Theme (Literacy Class)

In our Literacy Essential class, we were learning about the theme of Gender. We discussed a lot of gender roles, equity and especially stereotypes that society drew for us. I found it complicated to discuss about this theme because there are too many rules or stereotypes for girls to follow as well as boys. It is all made by our society that all of us are living in. After this class, I started to understand and think more deeply into this theme and changed my perspective of gender.  Before, I have a general concept of the differences between boys and girls. For instant, boys are the main worker for families and should not work at home and women are the housewives, etc. On the other hand, now, I understand that those are just what the general concepts of the society. We can start to change that now to help those people who are discriminated in gender roles.


  • How did I raise awareness about necessary Change?


Khmer MUN: 2nd May 2018

Liger Leadership Academy has hosted the first Khmer MUN in Cambodia on the 2nd May 2018. It is a fabulous opportunity for me to share my ideas about gender equity and to change most people’s perspective towards Women Rights. There, I gave really positive ideas to support the topic “Women can be leaders.” In addition, my team has created a long and complex resolution with a lot of clauses to solve the problem and to make changes. During the event, the two teams, against and in favor discussed with each other to find a proper solution to the topic “Women  can be leaders.” By doing this Model United Nation in Khmer, I can promote new ideas of how can women become leaders and join important roles in the government. I encouraged and raised a lot of facts to support the possibility of women rights in leadership roles.

World Story Exchange: 2017

World Story Exchange is a project that is made by Lindsay and Scott. They travel from all around the world and collect stories from various places, cultures and lifestyles and share it with other people, too. I was selected as a student to work on this project, too. In order to complete this project, students must first learn the basics of photography and filming. The second step is brainstorming ideas for the video that we are going to make. The video needs to give positive message or inspiration for the rest of the world to see. My video was “Education can give us power.” There, I introduced myself and give an inspiration about the power of education.

Here is a link to the website and my video



  • How did I try to promote and encourage Change?


TEDx ISPP: November 26th, 2018

TEDx is a wonderful opportunity for me to start chasing my dream which is make positive changes to the world. At this event, I talked about “Protecting Cambodian Elephants”. There, I mentioned about the advantages of elephants in ecosystems, Cambodian Culture, Buddhism and how their populations have dwindled over the period of modern development. I tried my best to convince all of the audience to start helping to save those rare elephants by many ways. The first solution that they can use to save elephants is stop riding those elephants for entertainment. According to my research, there were several elephants that died in Vietnam because tourists rode on them for fun. In fact, there are many tourists that are riding these huge animals in Angkor Wat. The second way to help saving elephants is stop deforestation and plant more trees to create bigger habitats for elephants. The final solution is acting from your heart instead of for profits. If all of you love elephants, you must start to practice the past solutions and share the knowledge and understanding out to the world  I was very satisfied of this opportunity because it gives me a chance to express my love of wild animals and my concept of preserving those endangered animals especially elephants. I wanted to make a community of support to preserve those rare animals and wildlife by spreading . Delivering a public and long talk is not an easy thing to do but it is worth the change of positive mindsets and lessons that needs to be shared. For viewing the video of my TEDx:


  • How did I develop the possibility of Change?


Technovation Cambodia

I had been joining a program called Technovation for two years in a row (2017-2018). Technovation is a wonderful program which allows girls to involve more in technology and entrepreneurship field. We are required to develop an app in purpose to solve a problem in our community. We also have competed with other teams both national and global. In addition, we made a business plan for our revenue, users population, updating new versions for our app, etc. 

As all of us can see, there is trash everywhere in Cambodia which is an exceedingly huge problem waiting to be solved. It can affect Cambodia’s tourism, economic and especially environment. Consequently, my team in 2017 named green world had decided to develop an app called Clean World to give more information about trash and environment to our citizens which let them to learn more about the benefits of dividing trash.

Our app can also motivate Cambodian citizens as well as tourists to help solve this problem together.  Even Though the app is not in the market, we have made a prototype of an app to solve this problem. In addition, we have also raised awareness of change when we did the presentation in the mini pitch and national pitch.

Here is the link to our slide presentation:

This year, (2018) my team (Five Infinities) have created an app called MEP Center which stands for the word Mechanical, Electricity and Plumbing Center. It is an app that helps customers to find suppliers to go and fix their MEP problems and suppliers to find more customers to work with. 

 (Here is our Pitch Presentation which includes main points about our application and business plans) Five Infinities

I am extremely proud of this app and we got a lot of support and positive feedbacks to it. My team has also gone to Iching Decoration company to get feedbacks and reflections and they ensured to use our app 100%.  This is my first startup and I think this business is the most successful one I have had. It helps me to extend my ideas and creativity of solving problems in my community. Not only that, it is a huge step towards my dream of becoming a businesswoman. We have raised awareness of change during the two pitches (Mini Pitch and the National Pitch). The National Pitch presentations are judged be three judges who are Ms. Penhleak CHAN, Tech Innovation Consultant, Mr. Sopheakmonkol SOK, Chief Executive Officer at Codingate, and Ms. Sikieng SOK, Curriculum Developer for Saturday Kids. One thing that is really interesting is that there is always one judge in each pitch that had the same idea as our team which means that people are really struggling with this problem.

After putting all of our hard works and collaboration together, we are the first place winner team of the national pitch 2018. 

After our presentation, there were to groups of reporters who were asking us to do interviews. Two weeks after the national pitch event, a tech company called Geeks of Cambodia wanted to do an interview with us, too. One question in common that they have asked our team is “What are some messages that you want to give to other girls in Cambodia?” My answer was always be “We would love to encourage all girls and females to participate more in technology and entrepreneurship field. Nowadays, our country needs more human resources in technology and entrepreneurship field in order to develop our country. We have experienced all struggles and one thing we found out is that THE STEREOTYPE IS NOT RIGHT! You have the strength to do everything you want and become anyone you wish to be.  Girls can actually code a wonderful app and run a really successful business. We can do it girls! Come on and show your potential!

”My goal is to actually launch this app even though if we will not pass in the global competition because it is an extremely wonderful app that I think it must be in the market one day to make lives in Cambodia more efficient. When we have launched our app in the market and the expected number of users have reached, we have actually created a big change for Cambodia. If this app works well in Cambodia, I would love to launch it in other countries, too. This can help impact to become bigger and bigger.

For more information, here are the articles about our start-up application that are written based on our interviews from different sources including VOA, Geeks in Cambodia, Development Innovations, :



Cambodian Geography Book:

(photos taken by: Phearum Sorn) 

In this second year of school, the whole junior cohort is participating in a huge project to publish a book called Cambodian Geography Book. All of us went to trips to interview people throughout the country and to learn more about the Geography of Cambodia. During this trip, I have learned so much, both improving my own skills as well as knowledge and also experience new things from every place. We made a lot of changes during this trip especially on people we had interviewed. Our team had impressed most of the people by showing our true spirit of love for our country and the enthusiasm to keep our culture, religion and history. This is why we want to publish this thick book. We have changed the mindset of some of the people we have interviewed to love the country, too.  In addition, we showed our appreciation for those information that we got from them no matter what it is. It made them feel like those information are valuable for the next generation and they might do something to save it.