BarCamp Phnom Penh 2015, the year’s biggest conference for Cambodian technology fans, was held over the weekend at the Institute of Technology.
According to organisers, around 4,000 people visited over the two days to enjoy 80 different presentations and panel discussions from an impressive selection of speakers. These sessions were spread across 10 classrooms of the campus, while the large ground floor open area hosted a bustling collection of booths displaying various products, services and products from over 40 companies and organisations.
The name BarCamp was derived from the nonsense word foobar, which is used by computer programmers. The inaugural event was organised in Palo Alto, California, in 2005.
Since then, BarCamps have been held in over 350 cities all around the world.
Cambodia first hosted one in 2008 thanks to a team of like-minded friends lead by Bun Tharum and Hor Virak in 2008.
In 2009, Be Chantra took charge and the 35-year-old computer science graduate from Banteay Meanchey province has overseen 26 meetings to date in provinces including Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Battambang, Kampong Cham, Kampot, Takeo, Rattanakiri, Sihanoukville, Banteay Meachey and Steung Treng.
The next BarCamp will be in Kampong Cham on 5-6 December.
Be Chantra, who works as a Social Networking Manager at Development Innovations, says the same major event will return to Phnom Penh next year.
This article by Dan Riley was first appeared in Stuff Cambodia on October 27, 2015.