A technology hub based in Yangon, Phandeeyar brings together civil society, independent media, and technologists to foster technology talent, increase the strategic use of information technology, and create a collaborative technology community. Phandeeyar will be locally managed and sustained. It is initially managed by Internews, a nonprofit that has been training and empowering the country’s journalists and advocating for open Internet in Myanmar for more than a decade.

Phandeeyar partners with technology experts and the media to encourage the integration of technology in their work. The hub offers education and training workshops, seminars, meet-ups, and other special events such as hack-a-thons and app competitions. As mobile and Internet penetration increases in Myanmar, Phandeeyar aims to maximize the potential of these enabling technologies to accelerate the nation’s socio-economic development. Internews demonstrated high demand for Phandeeyar through its Code 4 Change initiative that hosted two hackathons in 2014, attracting emerging talent in the Myanmar technology community to use their skills to help tackle some of the country’s pressing problems.

SECTOR
Nonprofit
GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS
Asia
INVESTMENT LEAD
Stephen King
TOTAL COMMITTED
$200,000(2014)
$2,000,000(2016)