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    BICTA holds first ever alumni networking event

    James Kon

    The alumni of the Brunei ICT Awards (BICTA) held its inaugural networking event yesterday during the Mid-Year Conference and Exhibition (MYCE) 2021.

    The BICTA alumni was established to keep track of past participant’s products and to provide a networking platform for participants to engage with industry leaders, businesses, technical leaders and potential investors.

    There are more than 30 past BICTA participants that currently have an active product and at least five products have also gone beyond Brunei’s market, which include MindTrex, AgromeIQ, Mars ERP, Islamic Brunei Educator and Al-Huffaz Management.

    The positive development of the BICTA participants were revealed by Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications (MTIC) Haji Mohammad Nazri bin Haji Mohammad Yusof, as Co-Chairman I of BICTA Steering Committee.

    He said that since the first establishment of BICTA back in 2004 “we have successfully reached out to 369 past BICTA participants and judges with more than half – 245 to be exact – already registered as BICTA alumni members.

    “To embody our appreciation for their dedication and participation over the years, we have listed their names on the BICTA website.”

    ABOVE AND BELOW: Minister of Transport and Infocommunications Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yusof in a group photo with BICTA alumni and MTIC officers; and the minister touring product booths of past BICTA participants. PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR

    He said “BICTA has served as an encouraging platform for the development of innovative
    ICT products. BICTA has also been leveraged upon by passionate and visionary entrepreneurs to put forward their ideas for transformation from prototypes to commercial and sustainable products.

    “With the event today, BICTA alumni will be part of future journey of BICTA; to be an active player in supporting digital transformation in Brunei Darussalam.

    “We can look forward to initiatives by BICTA alumni, such as through business and networking events and activities. Insya Allah this will create a more vibrant and conducive environment for our BICTA participants to progress further in line with the vision of the Digital Economy Masterplan 2025, Smart Nation Through Digital Transformation.”

    Over 100 members of the Brunei ICT Awards (BICTA) alumni comprising BICTA past participants and judges attended.

    Dr Yong Chee Tuan, one of the pioneers of BICTA in his speech shared that BICTA alumni can be a catalyst for innovative and disruptive businesses to grow and contribute to the economic and societal development of Brunei Darussalam with the continuous support from government stakeholders.

    He encouraged the alumni to stay connected and active to elevate the industry and enrich the community as a whole.

    The event was jointly organised by the MTIC, AITI and IFB.

    Minister of Transport and Infocommunications Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka HajiMohd Yusof, Minister of Transport and Infocommunications was the guest of honour.

    The minister also toured the showcase by BICTA alumni members. The alumni gathering event concluded with a sharing session by past BICTA participants.

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