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Maya Gilliss-Chapman @Mayagc
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I’m such a fan of Sok Sikieng!

The original Khmer woman in tech. She has inspired me and mentored me and I am always trying to keep up with her.

If you haven’t heard of her, read this #thread — she deserves to be recognized.

#idol #shewasfirst #khmerwomen 🇰🇭🇰🇭🇰🇭
Sikieng was in SF because she’s doing yet another prestigious development program. She’s here with other fellows from Asia.

This is separate from the recent Women in Tech award she was recently nominated for. Ugh she’s so cool. 🤩🤩
Very few people wanted to meet with me when I first started Cambodians in Tech. Some people stood me up. Most ignored me.

Two people, however, ended up meeting up with me. Adrienne (of Geeks in Cambodia) and Sikieng! Both were obviously super helpful.
Sikieng founded Cambodian Women in Tech but doesn’t like to talk about it. So I will.

Basically, the OG Cambodian in Women in tech quietly tech women how to code. This is an organized group, and they’ve been doing this since long before I rolled up. Most are faculty at RUPP.
To be clear, we aren’t talking about entrepreneurship. We are talking about actual technical skills.

Oh, and they don’t get paid for this. They also don’t try to get publicity because they’re too busy actually teaching and helping Khmer Women.
Sikieng and I discussed a lot of things. You’ll see updates over the next few months. #exciting

More specifically, we talked about tech in Cambodia.
The tech scene in Cambodia has plateaued in the past two years. Same faces. Same companies.

Tech development is mostly a series of events that lead to PR coverage and usually don’t lead to sustainable change. Rarely do efforts teach Cambodians actually technical skills.
More on this later, but even those that study computer science in school are still at a disadvantage.

The tech curriculum in Khmer schools is super outdated — but again, more on that later.
Per usual, Sikieng has helped me get 🔥and I am in awe with the development work she’s doing with the younger generation. (MORE on that too)
Is it clear that I’m a fan? Because I’m a fan. LET’S GO KHMER WOMEN!
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