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BICTA Launches “Idea Creation Workshop”

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BICTA Launches “Idea Creation Workshop”


The 1st workshop for the BICTA 2011 was officially launched yesterday, this workshop was coordinated by Infocomm Federation Brunei (IFB) and Authority for Info-Communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) and was held in iCENTRE auditorium. The Guest of Honour for the workshop was Hj Yahkup bin Hj Menudin, Chief Executive of AITI.
BICTA is an annual ICT competition which aims to stimulate innovation and creativity among individuals, education institutions, government agencies, SMEs and players in the ICT industry.
The winners of BICTA 2011 will represent Brunei Darussalam in the Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA) which will be held in Thailand. APICTA provides an opportunity for participants to establish good business networking and find strategic partnerships for their innovation and creative ideas.
The Ideas Creation Workshop is the first of a series of three workshops organized for BICTA 2011. This workshop is intended to assist interested participants to improve and harness their initial ideas and concepts. The subsequent two workshops will enhance their product design and assist them to develop their ideas into final products for competition. It is hoped that these workshops will help interested participants to make their products more marketable and enable them to meet global standards. 
Guest of Honour, Hj Yahkup Hj Menudin giving welcoming speech


Participants contributing ideas





A welcoming remark was given by Pg Sarimah Pg Hj Abd Latiff of IFB which was followed by an opening speech from Hj Yahkub CE of AITI, which officiated the workshop. In his speech, the GOH mentioned that apart from the monetary prizes that will be awarded to the potential BICTA winners , which ranges from $5,000 to $10,000, there is also an on-going incentive to encourage more participation with the provision of AITI Grant to successful winners. This grant is given to provide continuity and further improve the participants’ products to be more commercial, marketable with its IP being protected.
Another important aspect pointed out by the Chief Executive, as an agency regulating the importation of telecommunication equipment, AITI has to ensure the equipments brought into Brunei Darussalam are safe, operate within approved frequency and adhere to international technical standards. This is the whole purpose of Type Approval. However, that’s not the end of the process. As such, AITI are also introducing Type Approval labels for telecommunication equipment. This is to educate and show consumers that Type Approved equipments are safe and allowed to be used in Brunei. By type approving imported equipments allow AITI to facilitate and regulate the sale & import of telecommunications equipment and to make sure the equipments are safe for consumers.
​Hj Yahkup emphasized that AITI’s enforcement activities are not meant to make life difficult for dealers. It is infact, to protect businesses to ensure that there are no errant players or “black sheep” in the industry who bring in illegal, unauthorized and unsafe equipments.
The successful participant who wins the 1st place award at APICTA will be given a $50,000 AITI Grant while Merit award winner will also receive $25,000 AITI Grant.
For further information on BICTA 2011, interested members of the public can visit the AITI website at

Mr Goh Chin Teck conducting presentation.