THE Crown Prince Creative, Innovative Products and Technological Advancement (CIPTA) Award 2015 is now entering the second and final stage of the judging process, following the completion of the Preliminary Assessment stage.
In preparation for the final assessment, a technical briefing for qualifying participants was held yesterday at Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB).
According to a press release, over 60 participants from Categories 1, 2 and 3, and the Smart Junior Competition attended the session organised by the CIPTA 2015 Technical Committee.
Associate Professor Dr Suresh Sankaranarayanan, the Co-Chairperson of the Technical Committee, led the briefing and explained the guidelines for product presentation or demonstration, final report, judging criteria, awards and prizes, as well as matters related to hazard identification and risk assessment of products submitted for the competition.
The general criteria for judging the projects include novelty, originality or creativity of the work; potential for commercial application and contribution to the development of society; and deployment of end product, full report and presentation.
The weightage of each criterion varies depending on the category.
Novelty, originality or creativity of the work carries the highest weightage. Participants are expected to submit the final report by February 7, with final presentation and assessment by judges scheduled to take place from February 25 to 27.
CIPTA is a biennial competition organised by ITB, in partnership with Brunei LNG Sendirian Berhad.
This year will be the sixth CIPTA competition themed ‘Towards a Smart Nation’.
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’.
The new ‘Smart Junior Competition’ is open to lower secondary school students (Years Seven to Nine) to promote creativity and innovation among the younger generation.
Meanwhile, the new ASEAN Category is participated by individuals or teams from Asean other than Brunei Darussalam. The ASEAN category has two sub-categories namely: New Invention & Innovation Category, and the Young Inventor Category.