Crown Prince CIPTA 2009 Awards reaching climax

The Crown Prince CIPTA 2009 Awards is now reaching its climax. Winners of the competition for Creativity, Innovative Product and Technological Advancement (CIPTA) in Brunei will be unveiled on Saturday, March 14. The winners stand a chance to win the overall outstanding project of the competition, the prestigious Crown Prince's trophy and total cash prizes of up to B$10,000.

The competition has two categories. Category One comprises of new products, processes or technology which may be beneficial to society or the environment. Category Two comprises of modifications to existing product, process or technology, which improves or enhances its functions or quality.

In both categories, all areas of science, technology and engineering including civil, mechanical, electrical, and electronics and chemical engineering, as well as computers are included.

The winners are assessed based on the project which has the most potential to be developed commercially, provide a solution to an existing problem in the society and to bring major benefits to national development.

One of the highlights of CIPTA 2009 Awards will be the showcase of all finalists of the competition.

The showcase will be opened to the public right after the award ceremony on Saturday. This notable event, open to the public, will be held over the weekend from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

The prize presentation ceremony will see the first place winners in each of the two categories secure a cash prize of $6,000 each, and a CIPTA trophy.

They also stand to win a further $4,000 for the overall prize. Meanwhile, runners-up will win $4,000 each and a CIPTA trophy, whilst second runners-up $2,000 each and a CIPTA trophy. Consolation prizes of $500 and a certificate of appreciation will be awarded to the other prize-worthy projects.

The public is encouraged to come and view the CIPTA 2009 Awards Showcase. It is hoped that visitors will be inspired to develop ideas to participate in the next CIPTA Awards scheduled to take place in two years' time. - Borneo Bulletin (11th Mar 2009)