Technovation

In Liger Leadership Academy, there are so many opportunities for every single student to take a risk and join in all of

those opportunities. The calculated risk taker is also one of our change agent characteristic which it happens when we make a decision to participate or face something without knowing that if it will be good or bad. Taking risk is good but not always good. There is a very big opportunity for women to have a chance to make an application and compete in the worldwide competition. It is a very long term that I have participated in this opportunity along with a lot of stories that changed me.

“We will have an opportunity which we call technovation. You will need to spend Sunday every weekend for 12 weeks to learn” Jan said. Jan is one of our teachers in liger that has left our school for many months but he is still in our memory. There were 19 girls out of 30 girls that have participated in this huge opportunity. We had decided the group by ourselves. We didn’t expect that it will be hard for us. It is very boring which we have to learn how to program for a solution to help solve the problem in our community. I was not passionate about programming before. I am the coder of the group but I didn’t understand every lesson. Every group in this opportunity would have to submit their app and many things to compete for the judging online. Before the finalists are announced we will need to join mini pitch which is a competition in our own country. Unfortunately, my team didn’t win both national pitch and finalist. I was very sad but I didn’t give up. A new year of technovation begins again.

I talked to my roommate and her name is Angely. We talked to each other and find out that we should be together as a team. We started to have some idea about the second year of technovation. We decided to choose two more people (Reaksmey, Wathana) to team up with us. The time went really fast and the second year of technovation started. It was the day when we have to choose the real group together in our school. We had selected one girl (Votey) to be in our team too. Our team name is Five Infinities and our app name is M.E.P Center. Before the half of 12 weeks, our idea is not M.E.P Center but it was an idea that we think it will never work. The old idea is the mental health. M.E.P stands for three words which are mechanical electricity and plumbing. I’ve learned so many things about programming. I understand a lot about coding and love all of those programmings. To me designing an app is one of the big things that can bring more user to use our app but the app should also work. I couldn’t believe that I can make a very good app to help my community. The suppliers can post their information and customers can post their company about mechanical electricity and plumbing problems. There are more functions and features such as login, sign up, about us, how to use, giving feedback, posting information, posting problem and more.

We went ICHING Decor company to present the idea of the app. The company said that the idea was fabulous and if we launch they will directly use it. It was a great time with the general manager of the company. We presented with the slide presentation and test the app with them. Most of the workers gave us some feedback to make our app better too.

Mini Pitch was on 29th April 2108. We won the first place in mini pitch which is the first competition to collect 12 teams to go to national pitch. Our mentor which is the teacher that came to teach us every week said that our team has the full score when the judge gave the score to our app. It was the best feeling ever. On 20th may 2018 we have to compete among 11 teams. The judge and audience were giving a lot of attention on us which is a really good clue for being the first place We won the first place in the junior division. When we presented the Idea to the judge we can that they really love our idea. We have to wait for the finalist to select to go to San Francisco that was announced on 31st may 2018. Unfortunately, we were not the group that selected to San Francisco. It was sad but I will keep up to learn more programming language. Even though we didn’t make to the finalist but we have made a really good app that helps our people’s lives to be easier.

This is our Five Infinities team winning the 1st place in the junior division
Five Infinities members with mentors

 

 

 

 

 

 

Khmer Literature Festival

Khmer literature festival was a very wonderful event that gives the chance for Cambodians to have more open ideas about Khmer literature. It was held in Battambang for 3 days.  The purpose of this big event was to give more knowledge to Cambodian about Literature and the rare opportunity for readers to meet a famous author. We’ve met many fabulous and famous author including Mr, Tim Many, Ms. Pol Pisey, and more.

On the first day, we had a poem competition. There were three liger’s students that participated in the competition to win other older people. I was one of those three people. Two of the students in the first place (Angely Rose and Thul Vutha) among other adults. Even though, I didn’t win I was very proud to participate in this splendid opportunity. I am proud to share my poem that describes the beautiful light that is growing in Battambang province.

I was very contented with the skills I gained from this events on the second days. We got to listen to the educational and motivated speech about youth writing from amazing authors. In the second day, we had a lot of discussion and questions about Khmer literature including writing a poem, short story, long story, publishing book and more.

On the third day was more than what I’ve expected because a lot of Cambodian got to watch so many performances. Those heritages are beautiful and meaningful including Ken dance and Chapey Dong Veng. Besides that, there was a very outstanding performance that was presented by Phare Ponler Silapak. This beautiful performance had a dance and amazing flexibility show.

In general, This was one of the first Khmer literature events I’ve ever joined. I get to receive and exchange ideas about the future and growth of Khmer literature with the other people. One of the skills I love is about Graphic design(Designing book cover) which was presented by Cambodian. I would love to give a big thank to the people that work very hard to make this event happen.