Seminar highlights importance of innovation

James Kon

The Crown Prince CIPTA Award 2021 Executive Seminar themed ‘Innovations for Society 5.0’ was held at the main conference hall of International Convention Centre (ICC) yesterday in conjunction with the CIPTA 2021 organised by Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) in partnership with Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd.

Vice-Chancellor of UTB Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman was the guest
of honour.

The seminar began with remarks by the Head of CIPTA 2021 Seminar Committee Dr Wida Susanty binti Haji Suhaili, who said it was the first time the seminar was being conducted in a three-day series format.

“The series is designed to encapsulate the audience’s knowledge, materialise the idea, to bring the idea and creation to another level and to evaluate why we came up with the idea in the first place.”

She added that motivation and a justified cause will usually bring life to the invention from
the beginning.

ABOVE & BELOW: Dr Wida Susanty binti Haji Suhaili; and Vice-Chancellor of UTB Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman. PHOTOS: JAMES KON

The first presentation on ‘Innovation Culture and Landscape in Malaysia: NGO’s Perspective’ was presented by Malaysian Association of Creativity and Innovation (MACRI) President Hussein bin Dato Mohd Ariff from Malaysia. Meanwhile, Director of PT Hikari Solusindo Sukses Dr Eko Fajar Nurprasetyo from Indonesia presented on ‘A Tale of Research and Commercialisation’.

The seminar is part of the CIPTA 2021 series that runs until tomorrow. It is held as part of the Digital Technology Week at Brunei Mid-Year Conference and Exhibition (MYCE) 2021 initiated by the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT).

The three-day seminar also includes sharing sessions ‘Spreading the Winning Vibes’.

The seminar will conclude with CIPTA 2021 forum with the theme ‘Driving the Innovation Ecosystem’. Winning projects of the CIPTA 2021 will also be showcased at the UTB Gallery starting on June 21.