THE closing date for submitting entries for the Crown Prince CIPTA Competition has been extended to November 30, 2014, Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB) said in a press release. For the preliminary assessment, the organiser requires prospective participants to complete and submit the registration form along with a brief description of the project by the closing date.
CIPTA is a biennial competition organised by ITB in partnership with Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd, who is also the sponsor. The competition is open to all schools, technical, tertiary and higher education institutions, government and private organisations and the general public.
CIPTA 2015 is the sixth CIPTA competition, themed ‘Towards a Smart Nation’. This theme highlights the importance of supporting the nation’s vision of cultivating an innovative society that will produce a diversified and sustainable economy based on a culture of knowledge and innovation.
There are three local categories in CIPTA 2015: ‘Category 1 – Creating New Product, Process or Technology’; ‘Category 2 – Modifying existing Product, Process or Technology’; and ‘Category 3 – Creating New or Modifying Existing Product, Process or Technology by Young Inventors’.
A new competition was also introduced for CIPTA 2015 called the ‘Smart Junior Competition’, which is open to lower secondary school students (Year 7-9) to promote creativity and innovation among the younger generation. These young participants are not required to prepare any product or process prototype, however, as part of the assessment criteria, they will be required to present their idea through a report and a short presentation to the evaluators. Attractive cash prizes and recognition await the winners of all the categories.
Meanwhile, the new Asean Category is open to participants from Asean other than Brunei Darussalam. This category has two sub-categories, namely: the ‘New Invention and Innovation’ category, and the ‘Young Inventor’ category. The ‘New Invention and Innovation’ category covers all new products, processes or technology for the usefulness of society or environment. This competition is open to individuals or teams from the Science, Technology and Engineering fields. The winner of this category will be awarded the ‘Best Invention and Innovator Award’, which carries a cash prize of $8,000 and a trophy.
The ‘Young Inventor’ category is open to upper secondary students (age range of 15 to 18 years old). It covers all new products, processes or technology for its usefulness to society and/or environment which can improve or enhance its function or quality. The winner of this category will be awarded the ‘Best Young Inventor Award’, which carries a cash prize of $4,000 and a trophy.
Winner of the Asean ‘New Invention and Innovation’ category will be eligible to compete with winners of the Local Category 1 and 2 for the Crown Prince Special Award to win the grand prize of $10,000 and the CIPTA Trophy.