11 teams take home $37,500 in prize money at Myanmar’s biggest startup competition

91 aspiring entrepreneurs on 28 teams pitched to 15 judges on Sunday, May 28, 2017, at StartUp Challenge 2017 Winning teams will join the Phandeeyar Pre-Accelerator program and offer innovative solutions in the country’s hottest tech sectors Eleven new tech startups got a massive boost yesterday when they won a total of $37,500 of prize money

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‘We own the word as we have been using it for decades’: Myanmar users push back against Facebook’s attempts to block term ‘kalar’

Myanmar netizens were in an uproar on Monday after Facebook seemingly banned people from posting the word “kalar,” often used as a slur against Muslims, at a time of...

‘We own the word as we have been using it for decades’: Myanmar users push back against Facebook’s attempts to block term ‘kalar’

Uber launches Yangon trial this week

Uber is officially launching a trial period starting this week, a spokesperson for the company confirmed to Coconuts Yangon. The rep told Coconuts: “Uber is carrying out...

Uber launches Yangon trial this week

46m people in Myanmar now use the internet, up 10m from last year

The number of internet users in Myanmar has jumped by 10 million over the past year, according to the latest figures from the Ministry of Transport and Communications acquired...

46m people in Myanmar now use the internet, up 10m from last year

New Uber Myanmar promo clip hints that they’re ‘arriving soon’

Just a week after their South-East Asia-based rival Grab announced the launch of a beta trial in Yangon, the Uber Myanmar Facebook page has released a short promo clip with the...

New Uber Myanmar promo clip hints that they’re ‘arriving soon’

Man charged under 66(D) for threatening to upload nude photos of ‘online girlfriend’

A 24-year-old man from South Okkalapa is being sued under Section 66(d) of the Telecommunications Law for threatening a girl that he met on the chat app Beetalk, reports Kumudra....

Man charged under 66(D) for threatening to upload nude photos of ‘online girlfriend’

Global New Light of Myanmar gets HaCkEd

The website of the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar has apparently been hacked by the Syrian hacker known as “RxR Hacker“. Though the site is functioning...

Global New Light of Myanmar gets HaCkEd

Demonstrators call for overturn of Section 66(D)

This past Sunday, hundreds of citizens gathered in Mahabandoola Park as part of a campaign requesting the government to overturn Section 66(D) of the Telecommunications Law. Also...

Demonstrators call for overturn of Section 66(D)

Ministry of Information website hit by DDoS Attack

The Ministry of Information (MoI) released a statement on their Facebook page yesterday confirming that their website fell victim to a DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack...

Ministry of Information website hit by DDoS Attack

MPT executives in talks to convert company into a public corporation

Officials are discussing possibly turning state-owned telco MPT into a public corporation, the company’s deputy general manager Thein Hote told The Voice. However, executives...

MPT executives in talks to convert company into a public corporation

Coconuts Yangon Tech

Like much else in Myanmar, tech is a fast-changing industry. Economic reforms, including the entrance of two foreign telecommunications firms in 2014, have given way to a spirit of innovation coinciding with widespread internet access. The tech hub Phandeeyar makes the news every every couple of months after it helps launch a new app, whether it be about local restaurants or Burmese slang. Like in many parts of the world, debate and discussion about gender often arise within the Myanmar tech world, hopefully resulting in a more equitable distribution of the fruits of the country’s tech boom.