The Crown Prince CIPTA Award 2021 was officially launched recently, carrying the theme ‘Innovations for Society 5.0’ to spotlight multi-dimensional technological innovations that can meet the demands of the global society.
CIPTA 2021 is the ninth installment of the biennial competition since it was first launched in 2004 and is organised by the Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) in partnership with Brunei LNG as the main sponsor.
During the launch event held at the Indera Kayangan Ballroom, The Empire Brunei, Chairperson of CIPTA2021 Executive Committee Professor Dr Hjh Zohrah Hj Sulaiman explained that the new theme integrates all four revolutions of societies.
“Hunter-gatherer, agricultural, industrial and information,” she continued, adding that it interconnects aspects of the online and offline that aims for a sustainable, inclusive socio-economic system powered by digital technologies.
Professor Dr Hjh Zohrah, who is also the Vice Chancellor of UTB continued that the new theme represents a “step forward” of the Industrial Revolution 4.0, which was the essence of CIPTA 2019’s theme.
“The outbreak of the pandemic has taught us a number of lessons these past few months. The most pronounced aspect is the innovativeness and creativeness of our society in its adaptability and resilience to the current situation,” she said.
“Technologies play a vital role in sustaining the dynamics of the society such as the creation of different platforms that supports online retails, and on the other end of the spectrum, how the government adapted to utilising technologies to conduct daily work activities,” added the professor.
Minister of Education Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Hj Hamzah Hj Sulaiman who officiated the launch said that Society 5.0 is also known as the super-smart society and is driven by numerous converging technologies such as Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and Robotics.
“We are living in a revolutionised era where technologies and humans are inseparable. Society 5.0 will fully incorporate the technological innovations of the fourth industrial revolution,” he added.
There are three main categories namely: ‘Local Categories’, ‘Smart Junior Competition’ and ‘ASEAN Categories’.
The Local Categories comprise of three categories:
‘Category 1: Creating New Product, Process or Technology’
‘Category 2: Modifying Existing Product’
‘Category 3: Creating New or Modifying Existing Product, Process or Technology by Young Inventors’
The Smart Junior Competition is open to lower secondary school students or equivalent to Year 7 to Year 9.
Meanwhile, the ASEAN Categories comprise two categories which are ‘New Invention & Innovation Category’ and ‘Young Inventor Category’.
This year, however, the registration fee from the ASEAN New Invention and Innovation category has been revised to welcome more participation from the region.
Additionally, due to the current pandemic, the ASEAN categories will be judged entirely online to safeguard the welfare of everyone involved, and comprehensive project presentation guidelines for the online judging will be introduced to maintain the quality of the CIPTA competition.
The Grand Prize which is the Crown Prince Special Award will be given to the winner with the highest score among Local Categories 1 & 2, and ASEAN New Invention and Innovation category.
With the official launching of CIPTA 2021, all related documents can be obtained from their website at www.utb.edu.bn/cipta/ and the registration will be open on November 2, 2020 until February 1, 2021.
Also in attendance was Finance Manager of Brunei LNG and Chairperson of Brunei LNG Sponsorship Committee Pengiran Mas Norhazilinah Pengiran Momin, representing the Managing Director and CEO of Brunei LNG.
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