BlogFestAsia 2012 Press Release

For immediate release

Media release
November 1st, 2012

Asian bloggers to meet in Cambodia’s ancient town

SIEM REAP — Bloggers, netizens and technologists from around Asia are gathering in Siem Reap on November 1 – 5, 2012, for BlogFest.Asia ‘12. A couple of hundred bloggers from the region will attend the event at Build Bright University, in Siem Reap, the gateway to Cambodia’s famous Angkor Wat.

Blogfest.Asia is a festival for bloggers in Asia. This is the region’s 3rd cross-border gathering for blogger community. Everyone is welcome to join the festival and meet 200 hundred bloggers from Cambodia and from the neighboring nations — Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Bangladesh.

The 4-day brainstorming and networking meet-up provides a unique opportunity to address “Change through technology”, in Asia perspective.

“As the ASEAN community grows closer and we aim to realize our dream of integration by the year 2015, BlogFest serves as a platform to bring regional bloggers closer in order to bridge and bind the ASEAN community together by fostering an exchange of ideas, thoughts and culture,” said Kounila Keo, a co-organizer of BlogFest.Asia 2012 who also attended the 2010 edition of the same event in Penang, Malaysia.

In June 2009, the first BlogFest.Asia was held in Hong Kong, and Malaysia’s Penang the following year.

Blogfest.Asia will support and work closely with associated blogger community and events in the region. It will also serve as an idea hub, community exchange point, and action camp for bloggers in Asia to make technological and social impact for the benefit of the region.

This year’s festival “seeks to inspire new generations of Asian bloggers to pursue their blogging passion, so that they are surely taking the leap into the new information era through such an awesome event,” said Keo.

The Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions (SPIDER), the Embassy of the United States of America, the Asia Foundation, the British Embassy, Global Voices, the Wikimedia Foundation and Sabay are sponsoring this event attracting an unprecedented level of attention into Cambodia from the technology-oriented communities around the world.

During the opening session,  it will be presided by Dr. IN Viracheat, the Chairman of Build Bright University council as well as the closing remark to be presided over by Minister of Ministry of Information, H.E Khieu Kanharith, this marks as a historic event due to the support and participation from every sector including academia, government, private sectors.

For more information, please contact the BlogFest Asia’s Organizers:

Bun Tharum, [email protected], 012 79 32 77

Keo Kounila, [email protected], 092 621 431

Chak Sopheap, [email protected] 011 94 32 13

Anirudh Bhati, [email protected] 013 98 69 21

Sorn Ramana, [email protected] 017 655 591


Travelling to Siem Reap & Country Report at BlogFest

How are you doing? We’re excited that you’re coming to Siem Reap soon! We hope that we can assist you more on how to make your stay even more comfortable. We will post some information information related to staying in Siem Reap. Please take time to read this page about Siem Reap: http://wikitravel.org/en/Siem_Reap

Perhaps, you’ve seen us on the website. We would like to introduce you again to the Cambodian organizers and volunteers.

On November 2nd, we will gather and meet at the venue (BBU) in the morning. We encourage that you join us on that day because you will listen to a short presentation by a Cambodian tour guide. After the presentation, you will be asked to travel to at least one of these 3 areas: Option 1: Temples visit (20$ a day : Entrance fee); Option 2: Cultural Village ; Option 3: Siem Reap town. This heritage tour is encouraged if you would like to participate in a blog competition on “Impression on Siem Reap”. Three winners will be announced on the morning of November 5th.

Regarding the places to have food during lunch time or evening time before break-out sessions, you might find the canteen inside the venue (BBU University). a few food stores around or near Pub Street. Our volunteers will be around at the event to help you out if you need more information.

If you look at our program on November 4th, http://2012.blogfest.asia/program, you will see that you request one person from each country represented at BlogFest to give a short overview about blogging and social media use in your respective country. 🙂 Please let us know if you have any more questions.

For your information, Cambodia spends both riel and US dollars, so please don’t worry about changing it at the airport.

If you have any inquiry, please let us know!

… and the winner of our logo contestant is

Oudom Chetha Bophavann received most votes from our organizing committee for his brilliant work in the design of BlogFest.Asia ’12 logo.

We’d like to congratulate Oudom Chetha Bophavann for winning the contest. The prize will allow Oudom to travel to Siem Reap to attend our BlogFest.Asia on the 1st – 5th November 2012. Accommodations as well as meals will be covered.

Here’s the logo submitted by Oudom:
BlogFest.Asia '12 logo

Oudom’s logo will be used officially online and offline.

Once again, we’d like to thank our winner for the hard work who did an excellent design on a very short notice.

Announcing BlogFestAsia ’12 in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Find this text in Khmer.

We are very happy to announce the BlogFest Asia 2012. The regional gathering will take place this year in Siem Reap, Cambodia from November 1st to 5th. It is organized by Cambodian bloggers.

BlogFestAsia has been organized twice in Hong Kong and Malaysia in order for technologists, bloggers, social media enthusiasts and tech lovers in the region to come, share, learn and exchange information related to technology development in the region.

Visit our website for background information on the purpose of our gathering. More information will be provided very soon.

Please register now. The organizers here would like to provide accommodation as well as meals to only 200 selected (local and international) participants, but participants or speakers should be able to cover their own air tickets from their home country to Siem Reap.

However, for international participants, if you need an invitation letter to find sponsorship for your travel to Cambodia, please send us an email.

Over the next few days and weeks, we will be adding the complete program, adding speakers’ bios and a list of attendees. Please do keep coming back to the site for blog posts, commentaries from BlogFestAsia participants as well as updates of travel funds as we’re seeking for sponsorship from different companies and institutes to sponsor you as well. We cannot promise, but we’re trying our best.

So far, the BlogFestAsia 2012 has been made possible thanks to the very generous support of the United States Embassy Phnom Penh, The Asia Foundation, the UK Embassy, SPIDER and several individuals. We hope to hear from you.

BlogFestAsia’12 Organizers