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ASEAN Glod Medal  ICT Award 2015
Open Institute is proud to join People in Need (PIN) in receiving the Gold Medal in the ASEAN ICT Awards in the Corporate Social Responsibility category, the highest award to an ICT application for Development in ASEAN. Open Institute has provided enthusiastic technical support to PIN's Village Baby Care project, to which the award was granted. The project makes automatic phone calls to new mothers during the first 30 days after their baby is born, providing highly valuable health information for both mother and baby. The results of the project are impressive, with mothers an babies visiting h...
Besides Khmer, the national language of Cambodia, the country has several minorities who have and speak their own languages. The Cham, present in Cambodia and Vietnam, are a significant minority, and the only one to have its own traditional script to write its language. As part of ongoing work to improve access to information for minority groups, the USAID-funded SPICE program has collaborated with the company BREOGAN to ensure that the Cham script can be used on more and more in computers, and has paid special attention to make it available in smart phones. This development makes possible, fo...
BarCamp Kampong Cham 2014, is a free and open social event that bring together IT professionals, innovators, businesses, NGOs and students under their own agenda to network, create synergies and catch up the state-of-the-art of technology. It has taken place on this Saturday 19 and Sunday 20, July 2014, which attracts 457 participants include 149 female participants from different universities, high schools, NGOs and private sectors.At BarCamp Kampong Cham participants decide their own agenda and what they want to hear about. The agenda is created on the basis of participants requests, and the...
This week, a roadshow for the training campaigns on Internet and Mobile Telephony and Mobile installation campaigns at 9 high schools for students in grade 11 & 12 and promotion campaigns at nearby phone shops. The campaigns will take place in 45 high schools in 18 different provinces that will show a 35-minutes educational video on understanding about the correct way of using Internet, trustworthiness information and what should be avoid to post. After this, students will discuss on 6 different case stories related to privacy, trustworthiness information, blackmail story, believes, hassra...
With the goal of reducing child mortality during the first month of life, the Czech NGO People in Need (PIN) has been working very hard to develop a system to provide new mothers with timely information that will help them take better care of their children. Photo by Jiri Pasz The system uses IVR (Interactive Voice Response) technology. Midwives at the health centers register the telephone numbers of new mothers soon after birth. Later that these mothers receive seven phone calls with seven pre-recorded messages along the first month of life of the baby. The careful content-development process...
Our partner IRI has been organizing a series of extremely successful debate programs on CNC and MyTV on different topics, as part of their name Next Generation Program. Open Institute's USAID-funded SPICE program has supported these programs by setting up a voting server to which callers could call through their phone and express their attitude towards the questions in the debates before and after the programs, allowing organizers to know if members of the audience had changed their opinions after watching the debates. The voting server used IVR (interactive voice response) technology and was...
Phnom Penh - Under the technical support from Open Institute's USAID-funded SPICE program, Winrock International-CTIP II program launched the first telephony voice-based information service for Safe migration on Monday 3rd March 2014 at Imperial Garden Villa and Hotel, Phnom Penh. The technology used for disseminating the safe migration information through mobile phone is Interactive-Voice Response system, which allow users to call in to listen to pre-recorded messages. With generous support from USAID, the system was connected to all major mobile operators in Cambodia allowing mass simultaneo...
In one of the largest and most innovative training events for civil society organizations (CSOs) to take place this year, Open Cambodia 2014 gathered last week in Sihanoukville over 100 program and technical staff members of 70 CSOs working in the health, trafficking, migration and human rights sectors. The week-long camp – organized by the Open Institute and funded by USAID through the SPICE and DEVELOPMENT INNOVATIONS programs - was designed to facilitate collaborative learning among participants on topics related to e-advocacy and basic data and communication security for CSOs. Given the d...
Bangkok, Thailand, January 6, 2014 - “Structuring Partnerships for an Innovative Communications Environment” (SPICE) – a project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) – was awarded the “Mobile Solutions for Development in Asia Award,” at the Mobile Solutions Forum in Bangkok, Thailand on January 6, 2014. Open Institute, a Cambodian organization, operates the SPICE program in Cambodia. Javier Sola, SPICE’s Program Director, accepted the award on behalf of the project.   USAID RDMA Director Michael Yates (center) with Mobile Solutions M4D Contest Award Winners Javier S...
PRESS RELEASE Phnom Penh, 4 November 2013Google produces Khmer language phones by integrating the translations provided by the NGO Open Institute The SPICE program, executed by the NGO Open Institute with funding from USAID, has collaborated with Google most of 2013 to complete the translation of the Android operating system to Khmer. These efforts have reached their goal when Google announced last Saturday - at the Google DevFest event in Phnom Penh - that the newly released version of Android includes native support for Khmer script. The translation of the phones was made by the SPICE progra...

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