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First Myanmar RoboLeague 2019 held in Yangon

The First Myanmar RoboLeague 2019 was held in Theinbyu Stadium in Yangon Region on June 1, with opening speeches by Dr Myo Thein Gyi, Union Minister for Education and Mr Scot Marciel, ambassador of the United States to Myanmar. The USAID is supporting the RoboLeague competition, together with the Ministry of Education and Phandeeyar. It […]

University students take next step with ride-sharing app

Four tech-savvy students from universities in Yangon put their heads together to develop Lan Kyone, a ride-sharing application that helped students hitch rides to get to school on time. Now, the Lan Kyone app is being modified, upgraded and expanded for commercial ride-sharing. As it was at first aimed at university students, there was no […]

A clean-up campaign for Yangon’s air pollution

The SHWEDAGON Pagoda was our first stop on a mission to gather data on air quality in various locations across Yangon, which began one Sunday morning in late March. The air quality in the commercial capital seemed to have deteriorated throughout the hot season, and we wanted to know how bad it was and what […]

Kargo is disrupting logistics in Myanmar, one of the world’s most challenging countries

Kargo, a company that takes the spirit of Uber and brings it to the disorganized world of trucking, has raised a US$800,000 round of funding, giving TechCrunch an excuse to delve into the world of startup development in Myanmar, one of the world’s most curious countries. Ostracized from the world until its first free general […]

Myanmar: A burgeoning entrepreneurial ecosystem

A bit more than a decade ago, buying a cellular SIM card in Myanmar cost US$3,000 in 2001 and $250 in 2013. Fast forward to April 2019, and you can purchase a starter pack for as little as $1.10. And this is only one of the changes afoot in Myanmar, where local and international entrepreneurs […]

‘Knowledge is transformative’: UTIAS professor teaches robotics in Myanmar

Professor Jonathan Kelly (UTIAS) recently returned from a week in Yangon, Myanmar, where he partnered with a startup accelerator to teach robotics to 25 local university students. The teaching opportunity was part of an initiative by Phandeeyar, an organization that aims to expand the pool of tech talent in Myanmar in order to accelerate the […]

Beware of Facebook, abuse of Section 66(d): digital forum

Myanmar needs to address the spread of fake news on social media by empowering local journalists, providing freer access to information, and pushing for more responsible and conscientious use of the internet, said participants at the third Myanmar Digital Rights Forum in Yangon last month. “Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we make […]

Myanmar’s new early-stage fund EME launches with investments in Joosk Studio, CarsDB

A sector-agnostic fund, EME looks to invest between US$50K and US$200K in five to seven startups per year Emerging Market Entrepreneurs (EME) has announced the launch of its first early-stage VC fund with a focus on Myanmar’s growing startup ecosystem. The fund has also announced investment in two startups — Joosk Studio (an animation and […]

Myanmar group blasts Zuckerberg’s claim on Facebook hate speech prevention

It’s becoming common to say that Mark Zuckerberg is coming under fire, but the Facebook CEO is again being questioned, this time over a recent claim that Facebook’s internal monitoring system is able to thwart attempts to use its services to incite hatred. Speaking to Vox, Zuckerberg used the example of Myanmar, where he claimed […]

Zuckerberg apologized for Myanmar Violence

Last week, after frustrated activists from Myanmar sent an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook, they got something unexpected: a reply. The activists, representing six civil society organizations, harshly criticized Mr. Zuckerberg in the letter, saying he had mischaracterized Facebook’s response to violence-inciting messages in Myanmar and had not devoted sufficient […]