18 April 2019 – His Royal Highness Prince (Dr.) Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince, Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and the Pro-Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB), consented to grace the Crown Prince CIPTA Award 2019 Ceremony held today at the Serambi Suluh, Tarindak D’Seni, Bandar Seri Begawan.

His Royal Highness the Crown Prince was greeted upon arrival by The Honorable Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman, Minister of Education; Yang Mulia Dr. Dayang Hajah Noor Maya binti Hj Md Salleh, the Acting Vice-Chancellor of UTB; and Yang Mulia Mr. Patrice Girard, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Brunei LNG Sendirian Berhad.

Also present at the ceremony were The Honorable Dato Seri Setia Dr. Awang Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Mohd Hussein, Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry; and Yang Mulia Datin Seri Paduka Dr. Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh, Deputy Minister of Education.

The ceremony began with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah and Doa Selamat by The Honorable Pehin Datu Imam Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Hamid bin Bakal.

Yang Mulia Dr. Dayang Hajah Noor Maya binti Hj Md Salleh, the Acting Vice-Chancellor of UTB and Chairperson of CIPTA 2019 delivered the welcoming speech. This was then followed by a multimedia presentation and the activation of the CIPTA trophy mechanism.

The biennial competition, which was inaugurated in 2005, has been organised by UTB with Brunei LNG Sendirian Berhad as partner and sponsor. CIPTA is an acronym for ‘Creative, Innovative Product and Technological Advancement’. The objectives of the Competition are: to inspire the youth and public to develop creative products, processes or technology for national aspirations; to encourage inventions and innovations; to recognise and award creative talents; to encourage research and development; to promote manufacturing processes and technological product development; to embed the culture of science, engineering and technology to the youth and public in Brunei Darussalam; and to foster collaborative linkages within Brunei Darussalam and ASEAN region.

Yang Mulia Awang Hirman bin Haji Abu, one of the local judges representing the Technical Committee presented a summary of the Chief Adjudicator’s overall appraisal of CIPTA 2019 entries followed by the announcement of the winning projects.

His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, who is also the Patron of the competition consented to present cheques, trophies and certificates to the winners and recipients of consolation prizes in Categories 1, 2, 3, Smart Junior Competition, and ASEAN Category.

His Royal Highness the Crown Prince later consented to receive a Pesambah from the Organising Committee of CIPTA 2019, presented by Yang Mulia Dr. Hajah Noor Maya binti Hj Md Salleh.

Before leaving the Ceremony, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince consented to interact with the winners who exhibited their inventions.

In conjunction with the CIPTA 2019, the CIPTA 2019 Executive Seminar will take place at the Lecture Theatre 2, Library Complex, UTB on Wednesday, 24 April 2019 starting at 8.15am.

The theme for CIPTA 2019 is ‘Industry 4.0: Convergence of Innovation’. There are three local categories in CIPTA 2019: ‘Category 1 – Creating New Product, Process or Technology’; ‘Category 2 – Modifying Existing Product, Process or Technology’; and ‘Category 3 – Creating New or Modifying Existing Product, Process or Technology by Young Inventors’. The ‘Smart Junior Competition’ is for lower secondary school students in the country with the age 12-14 years old. Meanwhile, the ASEAN Category is participated by individuals or teams from ASEAN other than Brunei Darussalam. The ASEAN category has two sub-categories namely: New Invention & Innovation Category, and the Young Inventor Category.

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