Telenor, one of the two successful bidders for international telecoms licenses last year, was an official partner of the BarCamp Yangon 2014 event, which was hosted in the former capital last week.
The concept of BarCamp originated in Palo Alto, California, United States in 2005 and is hosted in over 350 countries worldwide, with many attendees travelling internationally. To date, the largest recorded BarCamp took place in Yangon in January 2013, when over 6400 confirmed attendees descended on Yangon – a growth from 1,700 attendees at the first BarCamp Yangon event in 2010.
BarCamps are free-to-attend, locally organised “unconferences” where participants can present about anything they want. Speakers and presenters can come from any walk of life, and organisers are only required to take care of promotion, logistics and infrastructure for the event.
“Telenor is pleased to be an official sponsor of BarCamp Yangon. Not only is BarCamp an influential gathering for the international technology and developer community, the event has also been successful in bringing together the many experts and innovators that are helping to advance Myanmar’s digital economy,” said Petter Furberg, Chief Executive Officer, Telenor Myanmar.
“At a time when mobile and Internet technology is more widely affordable than ever, Myanmar has the opportunity to leverage modern mobile communications technology as a central platform and enabler to its development in many areas including education, healthcare and banking,” he added.
BarCamp Yangon took part on February 1 and 2 at Yangon’s MICT Park.