CIPTA roadshow sees good turnout

National 2 minutes, 18 seconds

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

MORE than 80 people attended the Crown Prince Creative, Innovative Product and Technological Advancement (CIPTA) Award roadshow held yesterday at Universiti Teknologi Brunei.

CIPTA Award 2017, the seventh instalment of the biennial competition, inspires youth and the public to develop creative products, processes or technology for national and ASEAN aspirations and encourages participants to develop inventions and innovations.

The competition is organised by UTB in partnership with Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd as the main sponsor.

During the roadshow, which was held at UTB’s Multi-Purpose Hall, Hj Ady Syarmin Hj Md Taib, an officer from the Information and Publicity Committee of CIPTA 2017, gave an overview on the importance of creativity and innovation.

He presented examples of simple innovative products that have made a great impact in aiding the community such as a solar bottle bulb made using a Coca-Cola bottle in a rural area of Manila.

He urged those attending to take on the challenge of being innovative in order to help the country move towards economic diversification.

“Unlike oil and gas, the human (intellectual) capacity is limitless,” he said.

According to a press release from UTB, there are three main competitions for CIPTA 2017: Category 1, 2 and 3 for local participants, the Smart Junior Competition and the ASEAN Category.

For local participants, Category 1 involves creating a new product, process or technology, Category 2 is for modifying an existing product, process or technology and Category 3 involves creating a new or modifying an existing product, process or technology by young inventors.

First place for Category 1 and 2 will receive $6,000 and second place will receive $4,000 while third place will receive $2,000.

First place for Category 3 will receive $3,000, second place will receive $2,000 and third place will receive $1,000.

Consolation prizes worth up to $500 will also be up for grabs for all categories.

For the Smart Junior Competition for lower secondary school students in Years Seven to Nine, $1,000 will be granted to first place winners, $800 will be given to second place and $500 will be presented to third place.

Two consolation prizes worth $200 will also be awarded.

The ASEAN Category will have two categories: a New Invention and Innovation category and a Young Inventor category.

For the ASEAN Category, $6,000 will be presented to the Best Invention and Innovator while $3,000 will be granted to Best Young Inventor under the categories.

The winner from the ASEAN New Invention and Innovation Category will be eligible to compete with winners from Categories 1 and 2 in the local competition for the Crown Prince Special Award to win the grand prize of $8,000 and a CIPTA trophy.

Each entry will be judged based on its novelty and creativity, deployment of end product and economic and sustainable design considerations.

The deadline for participating in CIPTA 2017 is October 31, 2016.

More information can be obtained from www.utb.edu.bn/cipta.

The Brunei Times