BICTA underscores IT importance through roadshows

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Students attending one of the BICTA roadshows. Image: Courtesy of AITI

Azrina Zin
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

The Brunei Info-Communication Technology Awards (BICTA) recently held several roadshows with hopes to raise awareness and educate on ICT among students and businesses.

The annual event which was organised by the Ministry of Transport Infommunications and Authority for Info-communications Technology Indusry (AITI) also aimed at improving the role of innovation in leveraging its potential.

At the final roadshow, the secretariat of BICTA Jamil Hj Abd Jalil gave a brief presentation on the upcoming BICTA awards and activities that have been lined up for the participants.

BICTA has been the turning point for local tech-startup such as Mindplus and also educational institutions like Universiti Teknologi Brunei and Chung Ching Middle School (CCMS), among others.

Image: Courtesy of AITI

Participants of the roadshows also had a chance to listen to success stories from previous winners, Chung Ching Middle School Seria and Nextacloud (formerly Newgate Plus).

BICTA aims to be the benchmark for local ICT companies and educational institutions to compete amongst each other and hopes to further invest in the future of ICT.

Furthermore, Head Judge of BICTA Pg Sarimah Pg Latiff Abbas explained to the participants at the roadshow about the upcoming Asia Pacific ICT Alliance.

Last year, five representatives from Brunei bagged the merit award at APICTA for different categories.

One of the teams was the tech startup MindPlus.

File photo of Mindplus team receiving an award from His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah (L) at the previous BICTA awards. Image: Courtesy of AITI

The company took home the ICT Industry and the Royal Patron awards at the ceremony for its educational app, Mindtex.

They also won the merit award at Asia Pacific ICT Award (APICTA) 2018 in the “Inclusion & Community Services – Education” category for its educational app.

The upcoming APICTA will be held in Halong, Vietnam from November 18 – 23.

To find out more about BICTA, visit their website www.bicta.gov.bn

The Bruneian