U.S. Embassy Hosts “TechCamp H2.0” for Youth from Cambodia, Burma, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam

Released on September 22, 2016

U.S. Ambassador William Heidt will give opening remarks at “TechCamp Cambodia H2.0: Supporting Healthy Waterways in the Lower Mekong” on Saturday, September 24, 2016, at 9 a.m., at Raintree Cambodia (#299 Preah Ang Duong/Street 110, Khan Daun Penh, Sangkat Wat Phnom).

His Excellency Eang Sophalleth, Under Secretary of State for the Ministry of Environment, is also scheduled to speak.

TechCamp is a two-day technology workshop that will bring together local and international technology experts to train 50 members of President Obama’s Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) from Cambodia, Burma, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam to harness the technologies needed to address water challenges that affect the Lower Mekong region.  A second objective of the workshop is to promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and professions.  Members of the media are encouraged to attend.

TechCamp – an initiative of the Bureau of Information Resource Management’s Office of eDiplomacy and the Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP) – engages and empowers targeted audiences by training them how to use low-cost, easy-to-implement, and highly effective technological tools.  There have been more than 40 TechCamps around the world, with two previously held in Cambodia (“Capacity Building and Youth Empowerment” in March 2013 and “Combating Human Trafficking in South East Asia” in September 2013).  After the event, sustained engagement will continue through established networks, online communication, and pilot projects that will be funded by seed grants.  The Center of Khmer Studies (CKS) is the official partner for TechCamp H2.0, working with the U.S. Embassy and IIP staff to organize and implement the workshop.

Members of the media wishing to cover the opening ceremony for TechCamp should contact ChreaV@state.gov before noon on Friday, September 23, 2016.  For more information, contact the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section.