I’m probably one among a few people who have participated in this regional ICT event for many times over the years. The first time I took part, I was a participant. That year, in 2008, I came back home to initiate the first BarCamp Phnom Penh. As the Mekong ICT Camp is a bi-yearly event, I continue to involve in the event in a different capacity. I’m now on the board of this #MKICT, which has helped nurtured the next-generation of technologists in the Lower Mekong countries, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.
What: smartphone, taking pictures, selfie, sunset, private beach, Mekong ICT participants
Location: Saekew beach, Pattaya, Chonburi province, Thailand
In 2008, I flew to Bangkok and then took a mini van to Pattaya. It’s the first Mekong ICT Camp that took place in Thailand. The week-long workshop was inspired by Asia Source.
The series of this Mekong ICT Camp continues the following years, 2010, 2013, 2015, and 2017. Only the latest one, 2017, that it’s organized outside of Thailand. I fortunately attended all those events. I started as a participant. Later on I took part as a facilitator, board member, and organizer.
In 2008, upon the return from the first Mekong ICT Camp, I managed to work with a few Cambodian participants to initiate and start the first BarCamp in Phnom Penh. The BarCamp Phnom Penh is now everything for everyone across Cambodia. It’s amazing to look back and see how a idea and inspiration can aspire me to start doing things that now involve or impact thousands. I didn’t really imagine that. I just wanted to do something I’ve learned and feel that I pay back.
After these five Mekong Mekong ICT Camp, I think the mission is accomplished. This latest camp took place in Siem Reap. It’s an attempt. I retire from this, although knowing that it means a lot to me.
Now I have to think about the next thing after nearly a decade. The built network among people in the region and lasting friendship are the best things to have and to nurture.