| James Kon |
THE Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB) awarded $1,000 each to three innovative ideas which addressed water consumption wastage under the Brunei Hackathon competition. The prize presentation for the best concept design was held yesterday at the iCentre in Berakas.
The prizes – which were presented by Dato Paduka Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong, Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Chairman of BEDB – are to be used as funding to kick start a prototype concept for the next stage of the competition. The event also signifies the start of Stage 2 (prototype development) of the competition, which will be mentored by industrial experts and professionals. Organised by the BEDB, this year’s Hackathon focuses on issues surrounding water consumption, of which Brunei Darussalam stands as the highest water consumer in the region.
Dato Paduka Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong, in his speech said, “BEDB offers various initiatives that can assist you in realising your prototypes into effective businesses. Teams can leverage off BEDB’s initiatives such as the Start Up Brunei (SUB) grant scheme, which is available to assist entrepreneurs to start up innovative business, as well as the local enterprise applications and products grant scheme, whereby participants can pursue their Hackathon solutions and further refine them into the market ready products.”
A total of 23 teams registered for the 13-week Brunei Hackathon competition, which was divided into two stages. Stage 1 focused on concept design, where participants put their ideas into paper, while Stage 2 focuses on working prototypes, where participants build and create ideas into tangible products.
Chen Chung Seen won the public category with his design “Water Leakage Flow Breaker System” that can detect unknown water flow as well as cut off water flow to prevent leakage in the household. It is designed to minimise and stop leakage to reduce water consumption.
Meanwhile, Team Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB) came up with an innovative concept of “Smart Shower System” to win the Institute of Higher Learning category. The team – which comprises of Matius Anak Belayan, Chang Wei Hau, Benny Tan Keh Guan, Tony Chieng and Nur Syamimi Qurratu’Ainee Mohd Noh – said the new system will help to monitor and discourage users from taking prolonged showers.
The Jerudong International School (JIS) team won the sixth form category with the “3 steps system creating safe drinking water” concept. The concept utilises a three-method system which harvests rainwater and turns it into safe drinking water.
The JIS team comprises Alawi Shahrin, Izam Zakaria, Awy Baihaki, Usama Akram, Raihan Rahim, Haafizhah Azizul and Rasyidah Ibrahim.
A special mention was also given to the Maktab Duli Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah team.
The Brunei Hackathon was created with the objective of encouraging innovation and creativity of the nation’s many talented individuals and channel it towards entrepreneurship, which is in line with His Majesty’s titah during the New Year in January 2014.