A TEAM from the CIPTA 2015 Working Committee conducted a roadshow yesterday at Bumiputera Complex Hall, Pekan Bangar in Temburong.
The aim of the show was to raise public awareness on the ongoing Crown Prince Creative, Innovative Products and Technological Advancement (CIPTA) 2015 competition in the district and stimulate interest to participate in the competition.
The roadshow was attended by around 120 guests including YB Awang Haji Sulaiman bin Haji Ahad, Village Head of Kampung Belingos and a Legislative Council member, Penghulus and village heads from Temburong District, officers from Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd, school teachers and students as well as members of the public.
During the roadshow, Dr Namasivayam Karuppiah from the CIPTA 2015 Information and Publicity Committee gave a presentation on the importance of nurturing creativity and innovation and their relevance to the CIPTA competition.
This was followed by a presentation by Dr Ang Swee Peng from the Technical Committee who explained the categories, rules and regulations, prizes and awards, important dates, the judging process and examples of projects submitted in previous CIPTA competitions. There was also a presentation by Felicity Chan from the Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB) on the board’s assistance schemes and grants for business start-ups and SMEs. There was also an open forum at the end of the presentations where the attendees asked questions and received clarifications on the competition. Mini exhibitions comprising past CIPTA projects were also showcased during the roadshow.
The theme for CIPTA 2015 – ‘Towards a Smart Nation’ – highlights the importance of supporting the nation’s vision of cultivating an innovative society that will be empowered to produce a diversified and sustainable economy based on a culture of knowledge and innovation.
There are three local categories in CIPTA 2015 – Creating New Product, Process or Technology; Modifying Existing Product, Process or Technology and Creating New or Modifying Existing Product, Process or Technology by Young Inventors. A new competition was also introduced for CIPTA 2015. The Smart Junior Competition is open to lower secondary school students (Year 7 to Year 9) to promote creativity and innovation among the younger generation.
Last week, the Asean Category and highly-attractive revised prize structures were also introduced for CIPTA 2015.