| Azaraimy HH |
SIX teams representing Brunei Darussalam will compete in the annual Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Awards (APICTA) 2014 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The event, which carries the theme “Innovate, Integrate and Empower”, runs from today until November 30. The Bruneian teams were selected from the pool of Brunei ICT Awards (BICTA) 2014 winners.
The APICTA is an international awards programme which aims to increase ICT awareness in the community and bridge the digital divide.
By providing networking and product benchmarking opportunities to ICT innovators and entrepreneurs in the region, the programme is designed to stimulate ICT innovation and creativity, promote economic and trade relations, facilitate technology transfer, and offer business matching opportunities through exposure to venture capitalists and investors.
Participants comprise members of the APICTA Alliance. APICTA’s 17 member-economies include Australia, Brunei, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.
The delegation is led by Haji Yahkup bin Haji Menudin, Chief Executive of the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI), who is also the Chairman of the BICTA 2014 working committee.
Brunei’s executive member representatives at APICTA committee are Hj Yahkup bin Hj Menudin, Chief Executive of AITI and Wallace Koh, Advisor of AITI, who will be attending the APICTA 2014 event and annual APICTA General Meeting.
Brunei is also sending five representatives as APICTA 2014 judges.
These judges are Haji Osman bin Haji Ladis and Wallace Koh Hoe Aik from AITI, Pg Sarimah binti Pg Abd Latiff from InfoCom Federation Brunei, Jennifer Voon from Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB) and Jeremy Chua from iCentre.
These six teams competing are Chung Hwa Middle School, BSB with “Heritage of South East Asia”; International Graduate Studies College (KIGS) with “Virtual Watch Fitting”; Nakhoda Ragam Vocational School with the product “SVNR Staff Network”; Institut Teknologi Brunei with “The Sulu Princess”; Teleconsult Sdn Bhd with “Teleconsult SkyEye”; and PHMD Publishing Company with the project “Salam Halal”.
Participation in APICTA is a continuous initiative by the Ministry of Communications to develop the country’s ICT industry by allowing ICT product developers to compete on an international level.
Teams from Brunei Darussalam who win at APICTA will be given a grant of $50,000 by AITI to further develop and enhance their product to become more marketable. The 2nd prize or Merit Award winners will be given a grant of $25,000.
At APICTA 2013, Brunei Darussalam won two Merit awards by Chung Hua Middle School, KB with the product “Higher Education Guidance System (Hedges)“ and Institut Teknologi Brunei with the product “AutiSay”.