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APICTA 2013 merit winners received high praises

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APICTA 2013 merit winners received high praises
The Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) held an appreciation high tea to congratulate the Merit Award winners of Asia Pacific ICT Allanice (APICTA) 2013. The event was held in the Seri Kerna Hall at the AITI building, Anggerek Desa.
The Guest of Honor for the event was Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdullah bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar, Minister of Communications. Yang Mulia Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Sertia Dato Paduka Haji Mohamad Yusof, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Communications, Chairman of AITI and Chairman of BICTA Steering Committee accompanied the Minister at the appreciation high tea. Also present were Permanent Secretaries, Deputy Permanent Secretaries, AITI Members of Authority, Senior Government Officials, ICT Industry players, teachers, students and participants of APICTA 2013.
The event began with a recital of the Al- Fatihah and Doa Selamat which was read by Hj Awang Shafrillah bin Hj Ahmad. The ceremony then proceeded with a welcoming speech by Hj Yahkup bin Hj Menudin, Chief Executive of AITI and Chairman of BICTA Working Committee. In his speech, Hj Yahkup highlighted that "This year’s APICTA 2013 was held in Hong Kong with a total of 220 entries from 13 economy members. The number of entries was an increase and this shows that APICTA is gaining traction and recognition in the Asia Pacific community."
The Minister of Communications then presented the AITI Grant of B$25,000 to the 2 Merit Award Winners of APICTA 2013. They were Chung Hua Middle School (CHMS), Kuala Belait (KB) with their project Higher Education Guidance System (HEGS) and Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB) with their project AutiSay. The HEGS was a project developed by Chung Hua Middle School (KB) to help students and parents with information and guidance about higher institutions of learning (such as universities) and courses most suitable during the transition from secondary schools to under-graduate or graduate programs. Whereas, AutiSay, an iPad application developed by ITB students, was specially created for autism individuals as their communication tool which will make it easier for them to speak and learn. The application even allow parents and guardians upload photographs and record their own voice to effectuate their autism children’s needs.
The respective Merit Winners gave an acceptance speech on which they shared their experience in participating in the APICTA 2013.
The ceremony came to an end with a group photo session of the Guest of Honour with the 2 Merit Award winners of APICTA 2013.