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10th CIPTA Award launched

Lyna Mohamad

The Crown Prince Creative, Innovative Product and Technological Advancement (CIPTA) Award 2023 was officially launched in a ceremony at the Royal Berkshire Hall, Royal Brunei Polo and Riding Club, Jerudong yesterday.

The event marked the 10th edition of the biennial competition organised by Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) in partnership with the main sponsor, Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd.

Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman officiated the event.

Minister of Development Dato Seri Setia Ir Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar, Deputy Minister of Education Datin Seri Paduka Dr Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh, Permanent Secretary (Industry) at the Ministry of Finance and Economy Pengiran Hajah Zety Sufina binti Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Sani, Permanent Secretary (Core Education) at the Ministry of Education Dr Shamsiah Zuraini Kanchanawati binti Haji Tajuddin, and Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Brunei LNG and Co-Chairperson of the Crown Prince CIPTA Award 2023 Executive Committee Hajah Farida binti Dato Seri Paduka Haji Talib were also present.

The ceremony began with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah and Doa Selamat, followed by a welcoming speech by UTB Vice-Chancellor and Chairperson of the Crown Prince CIPTA Award 2023 Executive Committee Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman.

The theme ‘Innovations for Sustainable Development Goals’, was developed in response to the 2030 Agenda on sustainable development goals (SDGs), which is in line with His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam titah for the country to continuously aspire to be widely recognised for its educated, highly skilled and accomplished people, with a high quality of life and a dynamic and sustainable economy by 2035, while preserving its unique social, cultural and traditional values.

The monarch also believes the country would require unified action and cooperation from national, regional and international bodies to realise SDG goals.

There are three categories in the CIPTA Award: ‘Local’, ‘Smart Junior’ and ‘ASEAN’.
The ‘Local’ category comprises three sub-categories – 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’.

The ‘Smart Junior’ category is open to Year 7 – 9 students in the Sultanate, while the ‘ASEAN’ category comprises ‘New Invention & Innovation’ and ‘Young Inventor’ sub-categories.

Each entry will be judged based on novelty and creativity; deployment of the end product; social, economic and sustainable design considerations; and the project report and presentation.

The event also saw the guest of honour tour a showcase of previous CIPTA Award winners.