His Royal Highness Prince (Dr) Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, and the Pro-Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) consented to grace the Crown Prince CIPTA Award 2021, at the International Convention Centre (ICC), in Berakas yesterday.
On arrival at the ICC, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince was greeted by Minister of Energy Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Mohd Hussein; Acting Minister of Education Datin Seri Paduka Dr Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh; Vice-Chancellor of UTB Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman; and Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Hajah Farida binti Dato Seri Paduka Haji Talib.
The ceremony commenced with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah and Doa Selamat by Chief Syar’ie Judge Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Seri Utama Dato Paduka Seri Setia Haji Awang Salim bin Haji Besar.
Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah, as Chairperson of the Crown Prince CIPTA Award 2021, delivered a welcoming speech, saying that this year showed an increase of 67 participants compared to 41 in the previous competition, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“Out of that number, 51 were local entries and 16 were from ASEAN countries,” she said.
“The participation in the Smart Junior and ASEAN New Invention and Innovation categories have been very encouraging. Alhamdulillah, for this competition, the organisers received 26 entries from school students, which shows a positive development towards fostering innovative and creative minds among youth.”
Touching on the theme for the Crown Prince CIPTA Award 2021 – ‘Innovations for Society 5.0’ – she said, “Society 5.0 is central to the theme, as it refers to a super smart society, connecting online with offline that impacts a sustainable inclusive socio-economic system, powered by technologies such as data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IOT) and robotics.
“In other words, digital transformation has a broad landscape to change the way we live, by addressing social challenges for an extended period of time.
“The theme is also in line with the aspirations of Brunei Vision 2035, in producing a creative and innovative work force, as well as skills in the field of science and technology, to ensure an excellent quality of life and move towards a prosperous and sustainable economy.”
The speech was then followed by a multimedia presentation and the activation of the CIPTA trophy mechanism.
Prior to the awarding of prizes, Co-Head of the Technical Committee Pengiran Dr Rafidah binti Pengiran Haji Petra presented a summary of the Chief Adjudicator’s overall appraisal of the Crown Prince CIPTA Award 2021 entries followed by the announcement of the
His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, who is also the Patron of the competition, consented to present cheques, trophies and certificates to the winners and recipients of consolation prizes in Categories 1, 2, 3; the Smart Junior Competition; and the ASEAN Category.
His Royal Highness the Crown Prince later consented to receive a Pesambah from the Organising Committee of the Crown Prince CIPTA Award 2021, presented by the Vice-Chancellor.
Before departing the ceremony, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince consented to interact with the winners who exhibited their inventions.
Meanwhile, the CIPTA 2021 Seminar Series will take place at the Main Conference Hall of the ICC, in conjunction with the Crown Prince CIPTA Award 2021, starting from tomorrow until June 20.
The three-day Seminar Series will include the CIPTA 2021 Executive Seminar, themed ‘Innovations for Society 5.0’; Sharing Sessions by Winners, carrying the theme ‘Spreading the Winning Vibes’ where the winners will share their experiences along the invention journey; and the CIPTA 2021 Forum, themed ‘Driving the Innovation Ecosystem’.
The biennial competition was inaugurated in 2005 and has been organised by UTB with Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd as partner and sponsor.
CIPTA – which is an acronym for ‘Creative, Innovative Product and Technological Advancement’ – is a competition set with the objectives to inspire the youth and public to develop creative products, processes or technology for national aspirations, and to encourage inventions and innovations
It also aims to recognise and award creative talents; to encourage research and development; to promote manufacturing processes and technological product development; to embed the culture of science, engineering and technology to the youth and public in Brunei Darussalam; and to foster collaborative linkages within Brunei Darussalam and ASEAN region.
The year’s event is the ninth CIPTA competition, with the theme ‘Innovations for Society 5.0’, which emphasises multi-dimensional technological innovations to reach out to the needs of the global society, by addressing the 17 key elements of Sustainable Development Goals.
There are six categories in the Crown Prince CIPTA Award 2021 – Local Category 1: Creating New Product, Process or Technology; Local Category 2: Modifying Existing Product; Process or Technology; Local Category 3: Creating New or Modifying Existing Product Process or Technology by Young Inventors; the Smart Junior Competition; the ASEAN New Invention and Innovation Category; and the ASEAN Young Inventor Category.
Winners from the Local Categories in Category 1 and Category 2, as well as from the ASEAN New Invention and Innovation Category, are eligible to compete for the Crown Prince Special Award.
The winning projects will be showcased at the UTB Gallery from June 21, and members of the public are welcome to attend the CIPTA 2021 Seminar Series and visit the showcase.