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The Open Institute’s eNGO workshop was conducted on 29thof November, 2013 at the Sunway Hotel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The workshop was produced in conjunction with an Indian-based NGO called the Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) as well as an American-based company called the Public Interest Registry (.ORG). The purpose of work shop were to educate NGOs about the concept of eNGO and the importance of using ICT for development, train the NGOs in ICT and show them the way in which using ICT can be advantageous for their organization and create websites for the NGO and educate them on how to...
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 with the release of Version 4.4 (codenamed KitKat) at the end of October. Google confirmed last Saturday, at the Google DevFest event in Phnom Penh, that this new version includes native support for Khmer script. The transla...
The training on Social Accountability was conducted on 16-17 October 2013 at the Open Institute office. The purpose of the training was to build the knowledge capacity and confidence of ordinary citizens, particularly in our target audiences of youth and commune/Sangkat councilors. Furthermore, the Open Institute wish to educate these groups on important elements of social accountability in Cambodia, in order to increase public accountability so that Cambodia can effectively practice good governance, effective public service delivery, sustainable development, and empowerment of citizens. Soci...
The forum on Increasing Youth awareness of Road Safety through the use of ICT was conducted on 13th November 2013 at Open Institute office. The purpose of this forum was to promote youth engagement in road safety awareness through the use of ICT in order to help them to share the knowledge of road safety within their own community. Participants were councilors from both municipalities and provinces such as Phnom Penh and Battambang, representative of Nation Committee on Road Safety of Cambodia, representative of the Interior Ministry, representatives from various NGOs including the, Asia Inju...
Phnom Penh 21, October, 2013  PRESS RELEASE Interested in advancing the technology at your NGO? The Women Program of the Open Institute (OI) in collaboration with an Indian NGO called the Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) and Public Interest Registry (.ORG) will be hosting a free one-day eNGO workshop in Phnom Penh on 29 November, 2013 centered on helping NGOs to increase their presence online. The event will provide training for 30-50 grassroots NGOs who have not yet adopted digital and ICT into their work and perhaps may not even have a website or who wish to learn more about the importan...
Job Opportunities Training and Promotional materials developer   The Open Institute is a local Cambodian NGO which supports the social and economic development of Cambodia by working in three major fields: gender equity, development of research capacity and information technology development. In particular, the Open Institute runs the program "Structuring Partnerships for an Innovative Communications Environment" (SPICE) which is an exciting initiative funded by USAID to help raise the technological level of the country through the use of mobile phones. In order to prepare all the training ma...
As promised under the generous support of USAID, Open Institute’s SPICE is expanding BarCamp that brought people in the field of technology, media, and business to share and learn from each other. The fourth Barcamp is organized in Phnom Penh which will be held this weekend, October 19th- 20th at Institute of Technology of Cambodia.   SPICE team will also organize some sessions in the camp. Participants are welcome to attend any of these sessions.   Day 1: 19 October 2013 (for all participants)       Time Topics Presenter 10:00 – 11:00 Introduction to IVR Technology KhengPiseth 1...
Phnom Penh 10 Oct 2013: Four new applications are now available for free at the Google Play Store. These applications allow typing and reading Khmer, sending and receiving SMS in Khmer, consulting the Choun Nath dictionary and reading news in Khmer through RSS feed. They have been developed by the Cambodian NGO Open Institute with support from USAID as part of the SPICE program. These applications can also be used together with the Firefox browser for Android, which can also support Khmer, when the add-on for Khmer is downloaded and installed.   All these applications work on all Android syste...
Youth empowerment through the use of Information Communication and Technology (ICT) is very important. ICT is a tool where youth can access information to upgrade their knowledge and skills that will enable them to fully participate in development. To promote youth participation, a Mini Barcamp was organized at Angkor Khemara University (AKU) located in Kampot Province on 20 September 2013. The main topic of the Mini Barcamp is "Youth Using Information Communication Technology". The purpose of this Mini Barcamp is to build capacity of youth to get knowledge on Information Communication Technol...
Cham Keyboard is created in order to make possibility to encourage Cham language and fonts using to be remaining. Cham Language and Fonts are less and less in uses among Cham community and relevant community. By this keyboard, our team has a strong hope that the use of Cham Language and Fonts would be well used as optional to their national language and fonts from the state that they are living. This keyboard was developed Under the USAID funded SPICE program to support every version of android smart phone. This means that typing in Cham language have never been a barrier for those who loved...

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