Note: I am now home with fast Internet access and extreme jet lag. I am beginning to post the photos, videos, and notes that I took while I was there.
August 31st: Cambodia Bloggers Awards Ceremony
As many of you may have already read, part of my project budget was to include video blogging camera kits to give as prizes or awards to encourage video bloggers. The idea for the kits came from the video blogging community when I blogged about wanting to see more video blogging in Cambodia and through the generosity of Coffee with Doug video blog, I sent over 3 camera kits with Jay Dedman and Ryanne Hodson to the Sharing Foundation's computer school.
I also contributed my used Olympus digital recorder that I purchased when I read about it from Andy Carvin. I figured it would have a better life in Cambodia since there was a presentation about podcasting. David Saski from Global Voices contributed these $10 digital cameras.
We announced the day before that prizes would be awarded and to apply, they had to leave a comment on the conference blog with how they would use the camera or record. Details Are Sketchy suggested:
Our vote goes to Nguon Chan Sokhom — for honesty. "on my free time i like to liseting music,so i want to win a flash mediaplayer."
The awards announcement post is here (Note it is written in both English and Khmer. If you do not have Khmer Unicode installed on your computer, you won't be able to read the Khmer version of the announcement. I have a long post about Khmer unicode in the que)
Denith won a digital camera. I participated in the role play exercise with him and he is a strong leader. Here is what he wrote:
I want a digital camera for helping attract more tourism for Cambodia. As you can see in my blog, the given one, there is a picture box contain many categories. Some categories are for view of Cambodia such as Siem Reap Angkor, The cultural Village, and other views. Of course, i associate with a Khmer who is working with a Chinese organization. Unfortunately, I do not have any details about that organizations, but, I’m sure they are really interesting in seeing picture of Cambodia. Recently, he asked me if i can take some pictures of around Phnom Penh, and particularly, the Central Market. I do not have a digital camera in possession and i am considering obtaining one as soon as possible. I really want to help tourism of Cambodia, I make friends with foreign people and try to attract them to visit Cambodia. Two of my German friends will visit Cambodia next month, as a result of my effort. I hope i can attract more, from both my blog and the picture i take.
If I am a winner and get a video camera I will use it with my project. Now I have one group of computer teacher whom teach the computer to children who leaving in the orphanage center. Our project is making some interesting topic (traditional, culture and Khmer script) in Cambodia with concept mapping. Our mission will make many interviews to some people who know on topic above and will travel to some where in Cambodia which relate to topic. (Read his blog post about winning)
I am Kim Pichda, a third year law student in PUC and also an administrative assistance and librarian of PUC Legal Clinic. Under the legal clinic program, my team and I have been teaching street laws to high students in Phom Penh and in the provinces. So, I will have a chance to tell them about what the blog is and even tell them how to create blog by their owns. I am writing to ask for Video camera so that i can use for my own interest and the clinic.
I have a great opportunity to join this summit. I have learnt many things about blogging. I wish to get an MP3 because I have got a digital camera. Let’s other people get it eventhough it is more expensive than an MP3. If I win an MP3, I will record and blog on my own so that many people can listen to my interesting podcasts
The Complete List of Awards Winners