Brunei takes home five merit awards at APICTA

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The delegates posing for a group picture with Minister of Communications Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yusof upon their return early Monday. Image: AITI

Waqiuddin Rajak
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

Five Bruneian teams bagged merit awards last week at the Asia Pacific ICT Award (APICTA) in Guangzhou, China.

The five winning teams are local tech-startup MindPlus, Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB), St John’s School, Chung Hua Middle School (CHMS) and Chung Ching Middle School (CCMS).

The recipients of the awards were champions and runner-ups from this year’s Brunei ICT Awards (BICTA) who were nominated to compete at APICTA.

MindPlus took home the award in the “Inclusions & Community Services – Education” category for its Mindtrex project – an AI-enabled digital learning platform that offers personalised learning and intelligent tutoring.

Meanwhile, students from UTB won a merit award for its project MechSim, a virtual training platform that teaches people how to use mechanical equipments, whereas students from St John’s School clinched an award for its ‘Hope Mental Health’ app, a mobile application that helps individuals suffering from depression, anxiety, panic disorders and other mental health illnesses.

Also receiving honours at the competition were students from CHMS and CCMS, which impressed judges for their mobile applications Instant health Aid and BruLife.

A total of 266 teams from 15 APICTA member economies and 343 entry nominations competed in the international ICT competition.

The ratio of nominees and win awards is 63 per cent. Brunei is ranked third in the overall APICTA members countries’ performance.

Since 2005, Brunei has achieved 2 winner’s awards, 24 merit awards and four special mentions at APICTA.

The Bruneian