CIPTA Award seeks technical-savvy youth

The ninth instalment of the Crown Prince Creative, Innovative Product and Technological Advancement (CIPTA) Award 2021 seeks to inspire youth and the public to develop creative products, processes or technology for national and ASEAN aspirations, encouraging the development of inventions and innovations.

Over 70 attended the Crown Prince CIPTA Award 2021 roadshow at Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) yesterday. It aimed to raise public awareness on the ongoing CIPTA 2021 competition and stimulate interest among students and the public to participate.

Co-Head of the Technical Committee for CIPTA 2021 Competition Pengiran Dr Rafidah binti Pengiran Haji Petra briefed attendees on the competition’s categories, rules and regulations, prizes and awards, important dates, judging process, and examples of projects submitted in previous CIPTA competitions.

Three main categories will be held: Local categories, Smart Junior Competition, and ASEAN categories.

The Local categories comprise three sub-categories: 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.

ABOVE & BELOW: Co-Head of the Technical Committee for CIPTA 2021 Competition Pengiran Dr Rafidah binti Pengiran Haji Petra speaks during her presentation; and a section of students at the roadshow. PHOTOS: UTB

The Smart Junior Competition is open to lower secondary school students or equivalent to Year 7 to Year 9.

The ASEAN categories will play two sub-categories: New Invention and Innovation category and Young Inventor category.

Each entry will be judged based on novelty and creativity; deployment of end product; social, economic and sustainable design considerations; and the project report and presentation. Assessment of submitted projects will be conducted in two stages starting with the preliminary assessment, and only qualified entries will proceed to the final assessment.

During the roadshow, a representative from the Science, Technology and Environment Partnership (STEP) Centre of the Ministry of Education Nurul Fathiah Bazilah binti Haji Brahim presented an overview of the centre. Previous CIPTA winners also shared their experience.

The ninth instalment of the competition is organised by UTB in collaboration with Brunei LNG. Winners will receive cash prizes, trophies and certificates.

The deadline for registration is March 1. Visit www.utb.edu.bn/cipta for information.