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An interview with Poe Phyu Thae, Founder of Lapina

7 Day, Tuesday 14 March 2017

The Race to Build The Killer App in Myanmar is On

Inc.Southeast Asia, Monday 13 March 2017

Make no mistake about it: Myanmar finds itself with a narrative unique from its Southeast Asian neighbors. See more

Burma’s Next Generation of Tech Entrepreneurs Showcase Start-ups

The Irrawaddy, Wednesday, 08 March 2017

Burma embraced a fresh generation of tech entrepreneurs who have abandoned traditional paths, as the country’s first startup accelerator presented its “most promising” tech startups. See more

A sneak-peek at the 4 startups graduating from Myanmar’s Phandeeyar Accelerator

e27, Saturday, 04 March 2017

Myanmar’sPhandeeyar Accelerator has announced the names of the four startups graduating from its 6-month programme, on a demo day held in the capital city of Yangon. See More

Phandeeyar invites people to observe its startups

What to expect in tech this year

Frontier Myanmar, Friday, February 10 2017

AFTER YEARS of listening to stories about Myanmar’s looming “digital leapfrog”, which had little to do with content and everything to do with infrastructure, the conversation on technology is finally starting to turn. See more

Meet Honey Mya Win, Founder of Chate Sat

Irrawaddy Business Roundup

The Irrawaddy, Saturday, 25 February 2017

The IMF has said that Burma must double its tax revenue collections from 7.5 percent of GDP to 15 percent of GDP to fund measures to sustain economic growth, according to Tax News. See more.

Myanmar youth group to participate in Robotics Competitions in the US

‘A company of my own’: the rise of Myanmar’s tech pioneers

The Guardian, Monday, 13 February 2017

It’s always been my ultimate goal to have a company of my own,” says Htun Khaing Lynn, or Zack, as he prefers to be called.

Last September the 22-year-old engineering graduate from Myanmar’s eastern Shan state co-founded online truck-pooling service Kargo, which connects individuals and businesses who need to move goods around congested Yangon. See more.

Australian visionary gives Myanmar tech room to grow

Nikkei Asian Review, Thursday, 29 December 2016

On a balmy December evening in downtown Yangon, a diverse crowd packs into the sprawling offices of Phandeeyar, an information and communications technology hub. The event marks a milestone in Myanmar’s “connectivity revolution” — the group’s second birthday, and a new phase in its training and investment programs for startups. See more

Key challenges for Digital Rights and what you need to know

 

More people arrested under 66(d) under the current government

7Day TV, Wednesday 14 December 2016

 

66(d) limits freedom of speech: MP

DVB TVOnline , Wednesday 14 December 2016

Myanmar Digital Rights Forum

MRTV, Friday, 16 December 2016

Myanmar telecom law illogical: experts

The Nation, Friday, 16 December 2016

Digital freedom is a fundamental right that every person should enjoy and Section 66(d) under Myanmar telecom law has become a threat to freedom of speech, said the Myanmar Digital Rights Forum. See more.

Facing the challenges of ensuring Digital Rights

The Myanmar Times, Friday, 16 December 2016

Digital rights are human rights, participants in a nationwide forum were told this week. The Myanmar Digital Rights Forum discussed the issues raised by the increasing access, in recent years, of large numbers of Myanmar citizens to the internet, social media and mobile phones. See more

Digital Rights Must Become A Top Priority In Myanmar’s Connectivity Revolution

Forbes, Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Digital rights took center stage in Yangon last week at a forum focused on concerns about freedom of speech, privacy, protection from hate speech, and the government’s prosecution of citizens and journalists under the Telecommunications Law. See more

 In Myanmar, ‘right to know’ legislation left lagging

Myanmar Times, Friday, 18 November 2016

Access to information remains a key issue in Myanmar, media figures say, despite the developments in the sector over the past few years. See more

Stakeholders Push for Greater Access to Information in Burma

The Irrawaddy, Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Burmese media stakeholders and legal experts on Tuesday stressed the need for enacting a right to information law in Burma, highlighting the failure of government organizations to provide primary information and a lack of public awareness of this right. See more

Training Myanmar’s Next Tech Entrepreneurs The Silicon Valley Way

Forbes, Tuesday, 15 November 2016

What makes a successful entrepreneur? One global startup incubator is confident it knows the answer See more

The Irrawaddy Business Roundup

The Irrawaddy, Saturday, 5 November 2016

New trends’ seen in Burma’s business landscape
Three key trends are emerging in Burma’s business landscape, according to an analysis reported in Malaysia’s The Edge business publication See more

Digital contest inspires Myanmar start-ups

Eleven, Friday, 4 November 2016

IN a developing country with fewer than 50 start-ups, Telenor group’s recent Digital Winners Asia event has stimulated Myanmar start-ups to get connected to the global economy. See more

Sound of Silence wins European festival award

Myanmar Times, Wednesday, 26 October 2016

After competing in the Girona Film Festival in September, Thet Oo Maung’s film Sound of Silence has finally garnered international acclaim as the director took home the 2016 Best Documentary Award. See more

7 Days News, Tuesday, 20 September 2016

နည္းပညာစုရပ္ အဖဲြ႕အ စည္းတစ္ခုျဖစ္သည့္ ဖန္တီးရာက ျပည္တြင္း၌ နည္းပညာကုမၸဏီစတင္တည္ေထာင္လိုသူမ်ား အ တြက္ Founder Institute Yan- gon အမည္ျဖင့္ သင္တန္းဖြင့္လွစ္ မည္ျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း See more

End to US sanctions a boon Myanmar economy, but woes remain

AP, Monday, 17 October 2016

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — KFC’s grinning Colonel Sanders and his goatee are among the few prominent signs of U.S. brands or business in Myanmar’s biggest city, Yangon. See more

As tech spreads, Myanmar women become victims of ‘revenge porn’

Myanmar Times, Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Like many 20-year-olds in Myanmar, Ma Yadana Kyaw Thu* has had a Facebook account for several years to share her thoughts and photos, and to stay in touch with friends See more

Myanmar’s Star Ticket that empowers retailers to earn extra income by selling bus tickets raises US$200K funding

e27, Monday, 3 October 2016

Currently, Star Tickets has more than 500 vendors that include three major convenience chain stores, and processes more than 2,200 tickets monthly See more 

4 Off-the-Map Southeast Asian Incubators You’ll Be Hearing More About

Inc Southeast Asia, Monday, 3 October 2016

There was a time when the first thing that came to mind at the mention of “start-ups” was Silicon Valley — a community of young, privileged, tech-savvy people who lived in an environment conducive to creation and entrepreneurship. These gave rise to the innovations we take for granted today. See more

Silicon Valley school comes to Yangon

Myanmar Times, Friday, 30 September 2016

Budding entrepreneurs dreaming about quitting day jobs to found successful start-ups will soon have access to a Silicon Valley-designed training school that aims to help them do just that.  See more

Southeast Asian governments struggle to cope with the online social revolution

Asian Nikkei Review, Thursday, 15 September 2016

BANGKOK Over 700 years ago, Thailand’s King Ramkhamhaeng is reputed to have hung a bell at his palace gate which subjects seeking justice could ring at any time. Among modern leaders, Prime Minister Hun Sen invites Cambodian citizens to air their concerns on his Facebook page. See more 

Southeast Asian governments struggle to cope with the online social revolution

Asian Nikkei Review, Thursday, 15 September 2016

BANGKOK Over 700 years ago, Thailand’s King Ramkhamhaeng is reputed to have hung a bell at his palace gate which subjects seeking justice could ring at any time. Among modern leaders, Prime Minister Hun Sen invites Cambodian citizens to air their concerns on his Facebook page. See more

Local start-ups get ready for six-month accelerator

The Myanmar Times, Monday, 12 September 2016

  • Yangon innovation lab Phandeeyar welcomed the six teams selected for its accelerator program last week. The young tech entrepreneurs have US$25,000 and six months to prepare to pitch investors with start-up ideas ranging from an online comic reading app to a microloan platform. See more

Tech entrepreneurs find an oasis in startup-parched Myanmar

Asian Nikkei Review, Thursday, 8 September 2016

YANGON On a recent evening, a group of aspiring young tech entrepreneurs packed a room in downtown Yangon to learn how to pitch their ideas to venture capitalists. The venue, Phandeeyar, means “creation place” in Burmese See more

Bringing the everyday to life

Frontier Myanmar, Monday, 5 September 2016

For now it’s the domain of a few hardy pioneers, but the potential applications of 3D printing are endless – and could help to address some of Myanmar’s most pressing social issues. See more

Burma: A Pro-Growth Economy in the Making

The Huffington Post, Tuesday, 30 August 2016

When Daw Aung San Suu Kyi visits the White House in September for the first time as Burma’s State Counselor, she will be focused on something more sustainable See more

Myanmar: Seedstars Yangon winner Digital Royal Net to get upto $1m funding, chance to expand

  • Deal Street Asia, Monday, 15 August 2016
  • A pitching competition for startup founders in Yangon, Myanmar, had a winner in Digital Royal Net Solution Co Ltd, a tech start-up that created ‘E-School’ software for school management. See more

Myanmar’s First Tech Accelerator Is Propelling Forward Next Generation Of Startups

Forbes, Monday, 15 August 2016

On the 11th floor of a downtown Yangon high-rise, a crowd of budding entrepreneurs listens attentively to advice on how to successfully pitch investors. Andy Annett, managing director of TODAY Ogilvy & Mather Myanmar, gives tips on public speaking and branding, while Aung Sithu Kyaw, CEO of market consultancy Xavey, describes how to structure a pitch deck. See more

Phandeeyar launches as first tech accelerator in Myanmar

Venture Burn, Monday, 

  • Phandeeyar emerged from the Code For Change hackathon which focused on creating tech solutions for small and medium businesses. See more

Myanmar: 45 Million Mobile Phones And The $19 3G Smartphone

Forbes, Wednesday, 10 August  2016

A few days before I came across the True phone, I had interviewed Jes Pedersen of  a local tech community organization, Phandeeyar,  for Digital News Asia See more

Digital News Asia, Tuesday, 2 August 2016

A US$2-million grant from the Omidyar Network to Yangon tech community Phandeeyar will help support a for-profit accelerator programme to be launched in September. See more

Food delivery service YangonD2D gets cash injection from Myanmar’s local Internet company BOD Tech Co. Ltd

e27, Monday, 01 August  2016

Myanmar-based food delivery service, YangonD2D, has recently received a boost in funding with a 50 per cent equity investment from BOD Tech Co. Ltd and Flymya.com founder, Mike Than Tun Win. See more

Lithan launches TechUP Accelerator to support Myanmar startups

Deal Street Asia, Sunday, July 17, 2016

Lithan, a Singapore based private education institution, is launching a TechUP accelerator programme in Yangon, and the top-five shortlisted  teams will be given seed investment, and also be connected with investors in Singapore, an executive with the company said See more

 Bandwidth breakthrough

Frontier Myanmar, Monday,  4 July 2016

New satellite internet providers could soon bring high-speed connectivity to consumers frustrated by time-wasting download speeds. See more

Foreign Investors Are Starting to Flock to Myanmar Deals

Bloomberg Markets, Tuesday, 15 June 2016

A scorching May day in Myanmar calls for beers and loosened neck ties. At newly opened Harry’s Bar in Yangon, investors talk opportunities over draft lagers, jalapeno steak sliders and fries. See more

Startup Incubator Invites Applications

The Irrawaddy, Saturday, 18 June 2016

The organization recently received $2 million from the Omidyar Network, the self-described philanthropic investment firm set up by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, which was explained in a blog post earlier this month: See more

Phandeeyar accelerator goes live

Myanmar Times,  Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Fresh from securing a $2-million grant from Omidyar Network, Yangon-based Phandeeyar has announced the launch of its first tech startup accelerator programme with a seed fund of up to $200,000 that will invest in over half a dozen startups in 2016. See more

Myanmar: Phandeeyar sets up accelerator, to invest $200k in 8 startups in 2016

Deal Street Asia,  Sunday, 12 June 2016

Fresh from securing a $2-million grant from Omidyar Network, Yangon-based Phandeeyar has announced the launch of its first tech startup accelerator programme with a seed fund of up to $200,000 that will invest in over half a dozen startups in 2016. See more

Myanmar’s First Startup Accelerator “Phandeeyar Accelerator” Is Open For Business

SD ASIA,  Sunday, 12 June 2016

The Phandeeyar Accelerator, the first startup accelerator in Myanmar has launched on 10th June. It is a six-month program based in downtown Yangon and targeted at early-stage startups in the country. Myanmar has lots of potential for startups. Tens of millions of new internet users, most of them in mobiles, has got the scope to use technology to fix anything from traffic congestion to money transfers. See more

Leaping to new heights: Introducing Myanmar’s first ever accelerator programme

e27,  Friday, 10 June 2016

As rising GDPs and affordable smartphones are putting the Internet into the pockets of millions of new users in Southeast Asia, the region has become a global hotspot for companies trying to take advantage of a young and vibrant ecosystem. See more

Myanmar’s first startup accelerator is open for business

Tech in Asia,  Friday, 10 June 2016

One of the biggest connectivity revolutions in the world has quietly unfolded in Myanmar over last few years. In 2009, internet penetration was less than one percent – now more than half the population is online, with more signing on for the first time every daySee more

Leaping to new heights: Introducing Myanmar’s first ever accelerator programme

Yahoo News,  Friday, 10 June 2016

The tech community is excited about Myanmar, and Phandeeyar Accelerator wanting to train and support the entrepreneurs who will help it take off. See more

Myanmar’s Seezar Soesan in talks to raise $10m for education operations

Deal Street Asia, Thursday, 9 June 2016

Myanmar-based Seezar Soesan – a local business group with  interests in IT, trading, construction, agriculture, consultancy and media services – is in talks with potential investors to raise equity capital of up to $10 million to expand its education operations. See more

Myanmar-Based Tech Hub Phandeeyar Raises $2M Grant Funding

Finsmes,  Sunday, 5 June 2016

Phandeeyar, a Yangon, Myanmar-based technology hub, received US$2m in funding. Omidyar Network provided the grant. See more

Myanmar tech hub Phandeeyar gets $2m from repeat investor Omidyar

Deal Street Asia,  Friday, 3 June 2016

Myanmar-based Phandeeyar – a tech hub that brings together different stakeholders to accelerate startup development –  has secured a $2 million follow-on investment from Omidyar Network, a global philanthropic investment firm. See more

Myanmar tech innovation lab Phandeeyar gets $2m funding

Coconuts Yangon,  Thursday, 2 June 2016

Yangon tech lab Phandeeyar says it will invest in the country’s most promising start-ups after news broke this week that it had been awarded $2 million from philanthropic firm Omidyar Network. See more

Phandeeyar gets $2 million grant for tech start-ups

Myanmar Times,  Thursday, 2 June 2016

Downtown community tech centre Phandeeyar has received US$2 million in grant funding from Omidyar Network, the philanthropic investment firm co-founded by eBay originator Pierre Omidyar. See more

Exclusive: There is a lack of risk capital for tech startups in Myanmar, says David Madden, Phandeeyar

Deal Street Asia,  Monday, 30 May 2016

Phandeeyar’s founder David Madden told DEALSTREETASIA “this is an incredibly exciting time for the Myanmar technology community. And its globally relevant. Phandeeyar is looking at contributing to the tech ecosystem here. We’ve seen the potential and we would love to accelerate the development of the ecosystem.” See more

Slow take-off for cloud firms

Myanmar Times,  Monday, 21 March 2016

Myanmar’s technology is already sky-high, with consumers zooming to “the cloud” every day through services such as Gmail. But it’s not all sunshine for companies that want to offer and run cloud services, as they face a sceptical market and capacity challenges. See more

Smart decisions equal big spending on mobiles

Myanmar Times,  Thursday, 18 February 2016

Despite an influx of cheap smartphones into the Yangon market, many customers are spending more, with sales of higher-priced handsets going strong, mobile handset sellers say. See more

Myanmar was off the grid for decades – now it’s catching up fast

Tech in Asia, 19 Jan 2016

You don’t have to go back very far in history to find a time when virtually no one in Myanmar had internet access. As recently as 2009, less than one percent of the 50 million people in the country had either a smartphone or home internet access. See more

‘Netflix and buffer’: Myanmar reacts to #NetflixEverywhere

Coconuts Yangon, 7 Jan 2016

With the news today that Netflix is now available in Myanmar (and most everywhere else) came much excitement. See more

Myanmar startups ready for more disruption after historic polls

e27 News, 16 Nov 2015

Local founders are excited about economic reform which will lift sanctions, bring in foreign investment and boost the tech sector overall See more

Start-up Competition gets going in Yangon

MyanmarTimes, 16 Nov 2015

More than 200 people came to participate in a StartUp Challenge hosted by downtown innovation lab Phandeeyar on November 14, with entrepreneurs looking to launch businesses in e-commerce, mobile and more.See more

Bindez updates Tha Din app with election information

MyanmarTimes, 6 Nov 2015

Act now: If you want to follow Sunday’s election on your mobile, you can get an application that will tell you almost all you need to know (except who’s going to win.)See more

How mobile tech is flowering in the land of ‘keepy-uppy’

BBC News, 30 Oct 2015

U Myint Kyaw Thu says he wanted to make games since he was a five-year-old playing Nintendo.

But growing up in Burma, now Myanmar, there was no internet and precious few mobile phones.See more

The inventors

Frontier Myanmar

As it struggles to modernise, Myanmar is finding a host of technology problems. It needs its community of amateur hackers to solve them. See more

Local hardware hackers smart up homes, farming

MyanmarTimes, 26 October 2015

At first glance, it looked like a normal lacquerware box. But when Hardware Hack Week group “Team Unlocker” opened the embellished container’s lid, a familiar Myanmar classical tune – “Myanma Seit Yinn” – floated out, prompted by a customised app and a tech system that could be hidden beneath an inner tray.See more

Government introduces new online statistics portal

MyanmarTimes, 23 October 2015

Myanmar has taken another step toward open data with the debut of an online statistics portal.See more

The election’s digital challenge

MyanmarTimes, 7 Oct 2015

For the first time in Myanmar’s history, election information on candidates and voters has been moved into digital databases.See more

Local Tech Team Wins Big in Election Software Contest

The Irrawaddy, 28 Sep 2015

In the dizzying context of Burma’s forthcoming election, MVoter2015 is sure to take off as a useful resource for the country’s growing number of Internet users.See more

In Myanmar, young programmers launch first-ever election app

Reuters, 7 Oct 2015

Huddled in an open-plan office atop a tower block in Yangon’s scruffy downtown, a group of teenagers in jeans and T-shirts sifts through the list of candidates in Myanmar’s election and stares at their computer screens and mobile phones.See more

Hackers in programming meet to prepare for the vote

MyanmarTimes, 15 September 2015

Hackers have again gathered for a marathon session of tech tinkering in Myanmar – and this time, they’re coding and programming for the vote. See more

Meet Phandeeyar,

Myanmar’s most active tech community hub
e27 blog, 11 Sep 2015

Besides running hackathons to link the designer, developer and journalist community, Phandeeyar has plans to start an incubator by next year See more

Facebook rules localized for Myanmar – with extra adorable cartoons

Coconuts Yangon, 11 Sep 2015

How adorable is Po Wa Yote? Surely, when confronted with his giant smiling baby face, nobody would share a hateful social media post.See more

Facebook rules get local to tackle abuse

MyanmarTimes, 10 September 2015

Facebook itself popped into Myanmar users’ newsfeeds yesterday with localised illustrations and reminders on how to act online, as part of a push to promote translated community standards that ban behaviours such as bullying and hate speech.See more

WATCH: Uplifting animation on voter rights in Myanmar

Coconuts Yangon, July 31, 2015

One of the most inventive productions to come out of Phandeeyar’s recent “Election Createathon” is a one-minute long animation on voting.See more

Inside Myanmar’s charge for change toward democracy

PBS News Hour

After decades of military dictatorship, Myanmar will soon hold a nationwide election for all the seats in parliament not reserved for the military. Leading the charge for democratic change there is world-famous….. See more

How Myanmar Adapted to a Smartphone World

The Wall Street Journal, 30 Jul 2015

Phandeeyar founder David Madden talks to the WSJ’s Rebecca Blumenstein about the surging smartphone market in Myanmar.See more

Create-a-Thon: Awareness On Voter Education

mitv News,27 july 2015

The Election Create-a-Thon which make meet up the creative communities and CSOs who are working for the upcoming election was held in Yangon at the weekend.See more

INTERVIEW:- ‘Very difficult’ to harness Myanmar tech potential without high- speed Internet: tech entrepreneur

Myanmar Now, 7 August 2015

YANGON (Myanmar Now) – It was a dreary Saturday morning in July. Downtown Yangon was in the grip of its notorious monsoon season, yet in a white, spacious room on the 11th floor of a high-rise building, some three dozen young men sat huddled in groups, oblivious to the unrelenting rain and wind outside.See more

Myanmar’s Internet innovators emerge amid connectivity boom

Asia Nikkei, 22 June 2015

YANGON — It says a lot about Myanmar’s tech scene that one of its pioneers is still in his 20s.See more

When is mobile data not your own?

MyanmarTimes, Friday, 12 June 2015

Telcos can find out who users talk to, as well as where and when – and right now, in certain situations, a Posts and Telecommunications Department (PTD) request could lead operators to share that information with police.See more

Civic tech hackathon takes on census data

MyanmarTimes, Monday, 08 June 2015

On this year’s “National Day of Civic Hacking”, over 50 people came to downtown innovation lab Phandeeyar to make recently released census data more digestible.See more

There’s an App For That (in Myanmar)

The Diplomat, 02 June 2015

Emerging from years of censorship to capitalize on growing demand for local apps, developers jump straight to mobile.See more

Digital future for online pioneer

MyanmarTimes, Thursday, 09 April 2015

A marine engineer by training, Ko Aung Kham, 23, has followed his personal interests into blogging and information technology. He is now chief editor and team leader at Yo Yar Lay online news and program manager at Phandeeyar Myanmar Innovation Lab.See more

Controversial free software pioneer makes his case at a Yangon seminar

MyanmarTimes, Tuesday, 07 April 2015

Richard Stallman, the founder of the Free Software Foundation, clearly enjoys making puns.See more

Land of temples and tech

The Economic, Mar 28th 2015

REMARKABLE views greet visitors to Phandeeyar, an open-plan office and events space which sits atop a tower block in the centre of Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city. Its north windows frame golden pagodas and colonial mansions; See more

Preparing the financial system for digital attacks

MyanmarTimes, Tuesday, 17 March 2015

As money moves online and onto mobile phones, security could stand between banking customers and hacks and attacks – but some say the industry isn’t quite ready for security showdowns.See more

Investment tough for local startup scene

MyanmarTimes, Tuesday, 03 March 2015

“If they fail, how much do they owe you?”

The question came from the crowd gathered at downtown innovation lab, Phandeeyar, in Yangon.See more

Gmail arrives in local language

MyanmarTimes, Friday, 27 February 2015

Gmail users now have the option to run it in Myanmar language, Google announced last week.See more

Myanmar’s internet: ‘partly free’

MyanmarTimes, Monday, 16 February 2015

Although Myanmar’s internet rated freer this year than ever before, no laws exist around online privacy and those on the books could be twisted to turn against free speech, according to University of Washington-affiliated researcher Dan Arnaudo.See more

Making the virtual a reality

MyanmarTimes, Monday, 26 January 2015

A meetup for technology tinkerers called “makers” at Phandeeyar last week showed attendees another world through Google-developed goggles made of cardboard.See more

Fighting hate speech with tech

MyanmarTimes, Monday, 19 January 2015

Civil society organisations, technologists and others came together last week in Yangon to find ways to answer hate speech and dangerous speech with technology.See more