45 projects compete for CIPTA award

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

FORTY-FIVE projects will be assessed for the Crown Prince Creative, Innovative Products and Technological Advancement (CIPTA) Award 2015 competition which is in the final stage of judging.

This was revealed during an appreciation dinner for the CIPTA 2015 panel of judges held yesterday at the StarLodge Hotel in Jerudong.

Organised by Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB) in collaboration with Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd, CIPTA 2015 is themed ‘Towards a Smart Nation’.

Fifteen local and international judges from diverse backgrounds in academia and industry were invited to judge this year’s CIPTA competition, which is in its sixth installment.

Speaking at the dinner, the co-head of the CIPTA 2015 Technical Committee, Associate Professor Dr Suresh Sankaranarayanan, said 32 projects were submitted for the competition’s local categories while 13 projects were submitted for the new ‘ASEAN Category’ by Singaporean, Malaysian and Indonesian participants.

He added that the submitted projects ranged from different disciplines, including engineering, science and computing.

The general criteria for judging the projects includes novelty, originality or creativity of the work; potential for commercial application; and contribution to the development of society.

Dr Suresh also briefly spoke about the new ‘Smart Junior Competition’ that was introduced as part of this year’s competition for lower secondary school students (Year 7-9) in the country.

Present at the event to hand out mementos to the judges was ITB Vice Chancellor Associate Professor Dr Hjh Zohrah Hj Sulaiman.

A CIPTA seminar themed ‘Smart Invention’ is scheduled to be held at ITB on March 2.

The Brunei Times