The Crown Prince CIPTA Special Award 2021 saw no overall winner in this year’s competition as no entry met the winning criteria for the special award – the project must stand out, have excellent quality and achieve an overall score of at least 90 per cent.
In Local Category Two, Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) bagged first and third prizes. The Smart Fish System – water quality management system for red tilapia rear in Poly Tank project won first place while Effects of Local Plant Extracts to Preserve the Postharvest Quality and Extend Shelf Life of Figs project won third place.
The second prize went to Rumine Corporation for its Techsim Project.
There is no first place winner for Local Category Three, while Poseidon by Sengkurong Sixth Form Centre and White Case Assistant project by Berakas Secondary School ranked in second and third places.
In the Smart Junior category, Berakas Secondary School took the first prize for their ‘Rubbish Reward’ project.
The second prize was won by Lambak Kiri Secondary School for their Gen ‘Z’ Smart Trash Bin project, while Rimba Secondary School received the third prize for their School Gizmo Watch project.
An entry from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, the Thermo-Responsive Biohydrogel for Controlled Drug Delivery Project won the heart of judges and became the winner in the ASEAN New Invention and Innovation Category while IOT Enable Digital Scoliosis Diagnosis Device entry from University Malaya and Biomass Hydrogels as a Sustainable Delivery Platform for Pharmaceutical and Cosmeceutical Application Project entry from Universiti Sains Malaysia placed second and third.
No winners were announced in the ASEAN, Young Inventor Category. Entries including Soho-TMCo project by Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tengku Lela Segara, Terengganu, Malaysia; Genius EcoBisen Project by Kolej Genius Insan (Secondary School) and Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM), Negeri Sembilan received consolation prizes.
Meanwhile, the Chief Adjudicator’s overall appraisal of the Crown Prince CIPTA Award 2021 entries delivered by Co-Head of the Technical Committee Pengiran Dr Rafidah binti Pengiran Haji Petra, disclosed that a total of 48 entries took part in the final competition after the first evaluation stage.
Six entries were received for New Product, Process or Technology Creation under Local Category One, however after an initial evaluation, the Technical Committee assessed that there was a lack of originality or novelty in the participating projects and the committee agreed to move the six into Local Category Two, making it a total of 18 entries in the category.
Eleven entries were received under the Local Category Three by Young Inventors among Pre-University and Upper Secondary Students, and seven for the Smart Junior Competition by young inventors and designers from among Lower Secondary students, who are in Years 7 to 9.
In the ASEAN Category, 10 entries were submitted under the New Invention and Innovation, while two were submitted under the Young Inventor Category which is open for Pre-University and Upper Secondary Students.
Four international and eight local judges from institutions and industries from various fields of expertise were invited to assess the competition. They were divided into four groups led by Managing Partner and Co-Founder of OMC Engineers, Brunei Darussalam Chin Lee Tuck.