Technovaiton Mentoring

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Started in December 2018, I volunteered to participate in a mentor training for Technovation. Technovation is a competition that purpose to embrace women in technology and business. So girls around the world would form a team and collaborator together to implement a mobile application and a business model to solve problems in their community. To be honest, I think this is a tremendous opportunity for young girls to demonstrate their greatest ability to the world where historically has been buried down to the ground. That is the reason why I participate as a mentor even though I am a male. One take away from the training is how to be a mature mentor where we not just giving the students an answer rather guiding them through the process.

Certificate of being certified mentor

At the beginning of January 2019, I was officially become a mentor; I felt really proud to be one of the millions who are fighting against the discrimination of women. I was mentoring second cohort students from Liger. Technically, I was a technical mentor (working on developing an application with my students), however, I sometime helping the team on the business model. 

The platform that we were using to code the application is Thunkable cross platform. This version of Thunkable allows our team to work with both Android and IOS operating systems. Thunkable uses code block and drag and drop tools; this version is very important to my students to learn the process of creating an application. There were few limits to the platform, although, we still able to find solutions to solve — one of it was related to the database. Here are other platform we were using: 

Coding platform: Thunkable X

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Database: Google Firebase (Realtime Database)

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User Interface: implement from scratch

Being a mentor for 12 weeks (9 hours a week) with the second-cohort, I feel a lot closer to them. We had a lot of fun: we laugh, joked, cried, frustrated, cheered, hopeless, rushed, determine, etc. The first two weeks of mentoring was like riding on bumpy road due to my lack of experience in teaching and the high technical term related to coding. Although, I started to teach them using drawing and visualization of how to append the database with the application. Moreover, my other strategy is to code on the simple side of the app fist which is the UI.

After the 12 weeks mentoring, the team got select to pitch their idea to judges in the national pitch. Before they got selected, they competed with several hardworking teams around Phnom Penh. On the national pitch competition, the team was on fire; they were the initial team to present, and these 13-14 year-old girls rocked the whole conference. The presentation was loud and clear, the information that were given has all what judges needed, the timing of the presentation ended right before the bell ring, and they answer the questions confidently. With theses reason, the team should fit for first place and they did got first place. I am very proud of the team, their hard work paid it forward. I am also very proud to be their mentor, every time I’m in the class, I’m always simile because of them. I am looking forward to hear great news from the team to get another selection from the global Technovaiton Competition.

The team with the Technovation organizer in Cambodia, USAID, and the minster of Education.
Certificate of completed mentoring a team.

Live of the Pitch: https://www.facebook.com/moeys.gov.kh/videos/353856195475761/UzpfSTE2Nzg0MDQxOTkwMzc4NTU6MjI1NTI1MzY1MTM1MjkwNA/

Collaboration with Boston University

Started since October, two students (Visal, Vuthy) and a facilitator (Cindy) from the Liger Leadership Academy received an opportunity from the director of International Labor Organization (ILO) in South-East Asia (Bodwell Charles) to create a wire-frame of an online business learning application for him to enter the app development competition. The opportunity was introduced two days before the competition dateline. This meant that my partner and I need to work our butts off for this project. 

The goal is to create an online learning app where it focuses on how to start a business and how to sustain your business. The lesson in the app is very entertaining– it has a dialog between two charactors that plan to create a business. The first lesson that we currently have on the app is “READY FOR BUSINESS: COMMUNITY-BASED ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT FOR BECOMING AN ENTREPRENEUR.”

After a while, the competition finally announced the winners, one of them is our app! By winning this competition Vuthy and I were able to collaborate with the Boston University’s students to further develop the application. So every Thursday we would have a video conference with the whole team updating what we have done. The application was implemented for Andriod operating systems only, and we used Andriod Studio as a text editor. Our roles in the application were to create the splash screen and the about page. 

Generally, we have experienced using the Andriod Studio to create an Andriod app, however, because of a lack of practice, we forgot some of the methods and objects. Due to this reason, Vuthy and I struggle a little bit to work on the application, but we still can do it. 

Working with university students help up to improve our ability in software development– we use Google Firebase as our database. Moreover, we also learn how to run a project successfully: how to manage each other’s role, how to run a video conference, and how to update our work to the team. We participated in this project because we know there are people out there who want to start the business and this is a really great resource for them. This app will change their life!

The cover of the book that we going to use.

 

Wire-frame that we created

   

 

Overall wire-frame

Actual app:

Changing Cambodia: 2017-2018

Changing Cambodia 2017-2018

My life this year started, “Be the change you want to see in the world” (by Mahatma Gandhi). This quote guided me to travel through the rest of the school year at Liger. My ambition was to create positive changes to this country, Cambodia; I want to see changes, and to see Cambodia becomes an outstanding country from other nations around Southeast-Asia by the time I reach my life-retirement. From this ambition, I deemed to take agencies in my life this year. I have accomplished and dispatched in many events: engineering internship, robotics competition, took an AP computer science exam, and give Ted Talk. My next stride will be full of dust and snow, the path will be illusive I do not know what will be happen next, all I knew is Cambodia needs improvement on technology field.

It is my second year of high school, life is always occupied with works. The year began, I realized that in order, “To move the world, we must move ourselves”–Socrates. The two quotes above motivated me to build up my self-esteemed in creating positive changes to Cambodia and to myself. As the passion built up, I began my first step: summer internship.

From years to years, Cambodia takes a very big leap in its engineering field. Based on GeeksinCambodia published in 2015–a news website about technology in Cambodia–has stated that 90 percent of the population each own a mobile phone. The data clearly demonstrates that the majority of the population in Cambodia have access to technology. Our government attempt to do their best to grab its citizens attention on technology by promoting through STEM Festival, Maker Faire, and other collaborative events. These events ruffled numerous of change-agents to get involved into technology: I then knew Arrowdot.  

That was when I move myself!

I spent my summer-break mainly on internship at a startup called Arrowdot. During the internship, I had experienced how the society works in Cambodia. I learned to manage my own budget, transportation, and food. It was the moment where collaboration with university students and I initiated. In the internship, it was an elusive advantageous to help the company while enhanced myself. At Arrowdot, one of the missions was to give extra class to university students. My responsibility in the internship was to setup the plan for the experiments.

That responsibility required me to be familiar with the concept and turn it into an ecstatic experiments. To be honest for some labs, it took me a bunch of time to get it done: the labs was sophisticated for me. The CEO of the company always inspirit me to try again and again even though it was difficult. These hard works that were put into each project payed-off when noticing those students was full of energetic with their lab. All of them leaved the class with smiles! However it not finished, after each session that the students finished, they required to take the exam in order to graduated from Arrowdot. I was awe that some of them admitted their knowledge to me. The students seeked for supports whenever they perplex in any subjects. From this, students can master concepts at university which lead to a higher chance to be employed.

The internship was terminated, I realized that Cambodia has many change agents in technology. That internship made me gained confidence to help my country where that led me to have a Ted Talk about Cambodian Technology.

Ted Talk believes that ideas worth spreading. Yearly, International School of Phnom Penh (ISPP) hosted a Ted Talk event, and I been hunting to be one of the speakers since 2016. Finally, I got selected to be one of the speakers in 2017. I decided to give a speech that combated the old mineset that prevent those intelligent-engineers from being successful. It was a 12 minutes talk, it included example of engineering projects that are inspirational: mind control robots, sand management system, and international robotic competition. The speech has given to about more than 150 participants and has posted in the TEDx Youtube channel.

I believed that it was a number priority to change Cambodian perspective on the engineering field since words is sharper than knife–if that works it will bring many supports in engineering field. This reflects, if majority of the Cambodia keep in mind that our technology is not as high level as other country, than it is a setback that prevents Cambodian engineers to be developed. As mentioned, it is important to first change people’s perspectives while time move on technology will be better and better.

I understand changes does not have to happen from young generations, changes can happen by anyone regardless of their age, skin color, or gender. People always contribute positive changes to the country, they did not realized that they did it because change–to me–happened from one effort of doing it, not from what one think of doing it. The two examples above were the two that I always memorised. Throughout the whole year I might contributed greater than two. Everyone should have a fidelity inside them and they should begin the journey of small actions because “Idea don’t come fully formed. They only become clear as you work on them. You just have to get started” – Mark Zuckerberg

Here is my timeline in 2017-2018 (YEAR SIXTH)

Keith’s team project, trying to find your passion and set goals for the future.
My classmate at the Arrowdot lesson, the last day of the class! 🙁
Angkor Thom race
Cryptocurrency Presentation! Listen to two brothers who’s vision was to create a Serey Coin.
Cambodia Eyes Sight check!
Arrowdot Internship during the summer break. This guy is very passionate in technology even though he thinks he not good at it.
An experiment about ultrasonic sensor to measure the distance of objects.
Visited I thinkAsia, an animation company in Phnom Penh, to learn about animation.
The picture of myself, doing a Ted Talk about Cambodia Technology.
This is a project that some of our seniors hosted to collaborate with students outside of the school in order to talk about gender.
Our TosTov meeting about our future plan!
Mr. Hongly repaired the meat with butter on top of it!
This is what it ended up after Mr. Hongly prepared
Mr. Vuthy, Mr. Rithy, and Mr. Davith were running with me. It was very tired!

 

That was the time where all of the seniors had their bike ride and it was the time where the JourneyOfChange lunch their business!

 

TEDxISPP: The Impact of Technology

I participated in an event calls TED TALK at an international school here, Phnom Penh; The whole title of the event calls TEDxISPP.  This event happens every year and for this year the theme is: Creating a Hopeful Future. The speakers need to relate to that theme, my topic is about the Impact of ICT in Cambodia. 

The reason that I decide to spend hours and hours of work to this is that I am one of those students who love technology, in order to get more people interest in this field I need to promote it to them. So this is part of my advertising technique to let people know more about ICT especially  Cambodian. I took this opportunity seriously, I spent about 2 months working on the talk, I wrote the scripts, creating slides, and remember those script (the hardest part of the process). One week before the event happens, I use most of the time that I had to remember my script, sometimes I didn’t go to some classes. That was challenging to talk in front of 100 people, it pressured me while the slide didn’t work. But I love it, I really do and hopefully next year I want to do it again. 

In the talk I included the history of technology,  microcontroller and microprocessors, then there were a lot of examples of how people in this country our technology. It really shocked me at a moment that in 2015, 95% of the population own a smart phone; that is a really large amount of people.

Voluntary in Helping Improve people’s eyes

 

First of all, I believe that everyone should be really proud that you can see the beauty of our mother nature, it is really sorrow for people who blind that can’t those beauties and if those people who stay in front of us they should deserve a greater opportunity than you. Today I was a volunteer the whole morning from 7:00AM to 2:00PM to help an organization that calls the Khmer Eyes Sight Foundation to give free surgery on villager’s eyes. This took place in the district where Liger is and during that time there were a lot of people especially adults come to have eyes check. 

Our friends help to organize the whole event by registering people name, finding blood pressures and explain what going to happen since we speak the same language. Some of them were taken to the city to do the surgery right away and it for FREE. I feel really proud to help save people life because eyes are really important for people if we blind we can’t do things much in this country. Now we still have a connection with that foundation and we went to many places in the country to help do surgery in their eyes.

Khmer Rouge Exploration

SORRY!

The main building that store bone and skulls of the Killing Field

From 1970 to 1975, Cambodia was in its peak point of the its worse regime, people with the same nation were colonized it own people with enforcement of slavery, torture, and kill. During that regime, people don’t have enough food, over work, and not social communication. That genocide killed thousands and thousands of people; currently there were and skulls of people floating out of the ground and different NGOs collect them and store it safely.

Sorry!

As I am one of the Cambodian, I found that it is really important to know about our country and analyses what went right and what went wrong so we don’t have to walk on the same footprint of the country again and again. In the 2016 and 2017 years of Liger, I was participated a Khmer Rouge Exploration, I feel sorrow for the people that were killed during that time. We went to the S21 jeal and the Killing Field to see all the bones and the place that used to kill people. In the Exploration my role was to create a story of the show for the visitor to watch with 49 actors. I spent a lot of time doing that, sometime in the essential class I asked my facilitator to work on the story. Sadly, everything turns out to be fail due to the time constrain . I feel an immense regret on this since it shows that I don’t respect the people who die at that time. I’m sorry, I tried my best but I can’t finish it on time.

 

Peace that buried people, who got killed during that time!

This is the story

Performance Character’s Structure

The_Story: Khmer Rouge Play

 

Changing Cambodia 2016-2017

Date: June 11, 2017

Name: Saosuo Visal

Changing Cambodia 2016-2017

Cambodia my own soul, this nationality is really developing we started from nothing to have something, we started from the end of Pol Pot regime where everything was diminished to now where infractures, religion, economic, education are extremely developing. In other words, since we are the developing this defines that multitude of sections is really needed to change. In addition, a Khmer idiom that stated, “តក់ៗ ពេញបំពុង” this means to change something big, we need to do step by step. Personally, this 2016-2017 year of the Liger Leadership Academic was a speeded year and speeded change to my country. As some examples, Iron Deficiency, Robotics, and Waste Management Exploration.

Iron is one of the main molecule that our body needs to keep us healthy, a lot of Cambodian have a lack of iron especially women since they lose a lot of blood. In our Iron Deficiency Exploration, we spended seven weeks on doing research, planning, communicating with the Lucky Fish and traveling different places to investigate various ways that people here get their iron, and also we collaborated with the Lucky Iron Fish to bring iron into humans body. We did research such as, but not limited to finding what type of vegetable that contains a lot of iron, and how to use the Lucky iron fish. Well, you might wonder what is Lucky Iron Fish? For this whole Exploration, we work with the Lucky Iron Fish company to distribute the iron fish that can be used to put into the food and it will releases the iron out of the fish, so we can ingest those iron, that is why it an iron that looks like a fish. In addition, if you don’t have iron in your red blood cell (RBC) you’ll get tired and dizzy, this means, you can’t do things well since the body is sick and how can our brain focus on the works. To dot connect this, we gave this fish to those family that was in the rural regions at Siem Reap to have more iron in their body. They were poor and definitely can’t afford to buy food that contains a lot of iron like beef, cabbages and morning glory. By giving this Lucky Iron Fish to those families, they would spend less money on food, but still get a lot of iron like other food. In this Exploration, we distributed about 200 fish to different regions and families at Siem Reap and about ¼ of the people were kids and teenagers. This clearly demonstrates that our team did a phenomenal job on helping people to be more active in their life, their families economic and their study. In conclusion, this Exploration did help the physical strength of Cambodia, people become more active, students have a better learning, the family spends less money on food, and lastly, Cambodia will have a stronger engine that will drive this country.

“Ze Zee,” the sound of the robot, the second round of the Exploration in year five and it was the busiest Exploration ever. At this time Cambodian famosity gets larger and larger since our team (Botjisu) participated in the competition VEX robotic at the Taipei American School, Taiwan. Botjisu name of the robot that created by the Liger students and it made out of metals and using real programming code. In this Exploration, the main focus was to create a VEX robot that is ready to participate in the VEX robotics competition internationally. Personally, we go a really strong and working hard team, as an example, at the last day that we will go to Taiwan we spend 24 hours working on the robot without sleeping and at the morning to went to Taiwan. We brought famosity to Cambodia because, we were the first robot team from Cambodia that participated in the VEX robotics competition and won the Judge award compares to other teams from different regions like Japan, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore etc. This clearly shows, we try hard to work on this robots and it did give us what our hard work gave to it. Most of the people that were participated in that event were very proud of us since it was their first time that saw Cambodia team. In addition, we did not win the competition and there were few reasons behind it, the first one was our implements were every scarcity, plus the lack of experience in the robot. Moreover, we did inspire other adults and other young Cambodia to motivate that even though we were young, but we still can make it. Our team had participated in events like STEM festival and Maker Faire to share more about our robot and make them feel competitive with us. These are what we did to our country and our citizens to introduce them to more advanced technologies so at the time we grow up most of the people in this wonderful country will have more comprehension of technologies.

This is the fourth Exploration of Liger year and it was Waste Management Exploration, in this Exploration, the goal was to save the environments and to turn our idea into a business. Moreover, we were working with an organization (the CAKE project) at the Arikasak commune to improve their pilot project and turn that into a better and successful business. Since their money was keep getting out, so what we trying to do is to bring some money back to make it a negative feedback loop in their system. Our team spent our Saturday with the CAKE team to survey the villagers, are they able to afford some of their money to pay for trash collecting service. After the survey, we got 130 responses in total, and after we were collecting the data we wrote a proposal to give to the CAKE project. In this case, we feel that our Exploration helps to stabilize the idea of the people who have the heart to save the environment. Also in this Exploration, we went to Battambang province one of the cleanest city in Cambodia to explore more about the strategy of creating a compost from organic waste that originated from the market. We collaborated with the Comped startup, what they did was they went to the market and collected the organic waste that was rotten and useless to the sellers and the buyers then turns those into compost. Not only that, there was a Comped school that is located in the landfill region, more than this, the kids that were learning in this school don’t have enough books to read since it is really remote from other. Our team feels that we really want to help them and share the knowledge, so we went to that school for a half of the day to do workshop; did give them the Economy of Cambodia book and the Cambodian wildlife book. In these two scenarios we feel that we did change Cambodia by trying to find a sustainable solution for the project that trying the clean up Cambodian environment; provided a small education to a really really remote school by giving them two of our Liger books.

As a whole, this speedy year was the medium year for me because I did help to change my own country and my own people. In any condition, that wonderful year 2015-2016, Cambodia did change few things from me like; making people more active, giving a healthy life to people, finding a sustainable balance to the project that were trying to change Cambodia, giving books to a really remote region like the landfill at the Battambong, bring famousity to Cambodia by participated in the VEX robotics competition and lastly inspire people to have more competitive in technologies. In any consequences, my people live with better conditions.

 

One chatbot can help people communication better

First of all, do you ever seen any one who have a problem with speaking? Well, I see those people nearly everyday it is my cousin, a young boy who see a sunlight nearly 10 years. But he also a young boy who not easily to communicate with other people, the reason is that he can’t pronounce the words well. One good thing about him is that we can read the litters. So I want to revolutionize this issue by creating a chatbot connects with the ability of him, where my cousin can read the words and show what paragraph is he trying to talk. I’m not the one who code this it is Djbril the one who code it, I just come up with this idea. I really want people to know this chatbot so much especially the one who can’t speak, but this only for people who can read Khmer. You can start this chatbot by type a word “Hi”…

https://www.facebook.com/Naga-Assistant-711540889015659/

VEX Robotics competition

Our team!
That is our robot, everyone seems tired!

Last few terms of Exploration, I spent about 100 hours working on programming and building the robot for only two days of competition. You might wonder what competition did I participate in? Well, the competition that my team participates in is called the VEX robotics, it occurred in Taiwan at the Taipei America school. For my experience work on programming is a bit difficult because to code for this robot’s brain needs to be a C programming language, and I have a really little experience on C programming. I comprehended a lot of knowledge like learning C programming, building robots learn to collaborate with our team and more. I think that I have this Exploration is extremely powerful because we did inspire a lot of Cambodian students who love robotics adult’s mine set since we are the first team who join in this VEX competition from Cambodia. I felt apprehensive when one day before the was competition started when only three people from our team will control the robot and I was in one of those three. On that day I saw a lot of robots from different regions around Asia. We did practice controlling the robot but sadly our robot was really slow, while we are trying to practice our alliance came and trying to develop our robot by giving us 4 393motors to us which is really helpful to improve our robot’s speed. I felt so scared being in the competition while more than 300 eyes focus on us and trying to competing with other teams who are older than us (not age older, but experience older). The result shows that in 6 games we won 3 times, and then we did enjoy Taiwan! 

FUN FACTS:

  • At Taiwan Samnang and I walked more than 5km carrying a box of the robot for 30 kg with a short amount of stops also with our 7 kg bags each. At last, we got big mussels on our hand on this trip. 😉
  • Before the day that we went to Taiwan, all the mechanic and programming team didn’t get sleep for the whole night, just trying to finish the robot and get ready for the competition tomorrow!  
  • One day after the competition, most of us went to the top of the mountain of Taiwan. OMG, the view was really awesome there a lot of clouds surrendering me and I felt really fresh!

Iron Deficiency Exploration

This is the fifth year of the Liger Learning Center, and my first Exploration was the Iron Defiency. Well most people in the world didn’t know the advantages of iron in our body and some of them didn’t know how to get those iron. Before I talk about the iron, I first want to introduce to you about the red blood cell (RBC). One fuciton of the RBC is to carry the oxigen (O2) to our body. So if we don’t have enough RBC in our body, that means we didn’t have enough RBC, and this means that we don’t get enough O2. To solve that issue we need to eat more green vegetable and red blood meat. There is one company that manufacture the product that we put in our soup or water, and it will give you more iron in the food and that company name Lucky Iron Fish.

 

So my facilitator Karen, made an Exploraiton about the anemia to help to advertise the Lucky Iron Fish to the Cambodain at Sem Reap to distribute the fish to the villagers at there. At that event, my team the iron deficiency Exploration made a presentation to introduce the fish to them, by making a acting presentation. At the end of Sharation the Lucky Iron Fish company gave each of us a Lucky Iron Fish. I really love this Exploration, and the reason is it helps me in science class a lot. This is my scratch project: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/120263368/#editor

Style at Forest.
Style at Forest.
Picture with my friend Lux on the big rock.
Picture with my friend Lux on the big rock.
This is the Iron Deficiency team.
This is the Iron Deficiency team.
Acting at the presentation
Acting at the presentation