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Brunei Darussalam competes at APICTA 2014
26/11/2014
 
The annual, Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Awards (APICTA) 2014 will be hosted in Jakarta, Indonesia from 27th until 30th November. The theme for APICTA 2014 is “Innovate, Integrate and Empower”  The six teams who will represent Brunei Darussalam’s ICT achievements and compete at APICTA 2014 are selected from the pool of Brunei ICT Award (BICTA) 2014 winners.
                                                   
The APICTA is an international awards program which aims to increase ICT awareness in the community and bridge the digital divide. By providing networking and product benchmarking opportunities to ICT innovators and entrepreneurs in the region, the program is designed to stimulate ICT innovation and creativity, promote economic and trade relations, facilitate technology transfer, and offer business matching opportunities through exposure to venture capitalists and investors. 
 
Participants of the awards program comprise of members of the APICTA Alliance.  APICTA’s 17 member-economies include Australia, Brunei, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.
 
The delegation is led by Hj Yahkup bin Haji Menudin, Chief Executive of the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI), who is also the Chairman of the BICTA 2014 working committee.
 
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Brunei’s executive member representatives at APICTA committee are Hj Yahkup bin Hj Menudin, Chief Executive of AITI and Wallace Koh, Advisor of AITI, who will be attending the APICTA 2014 event and annual APICTA General Meeting.
 
Brunei also sends 5 representatives as APICTA 2014 Judges who will be judging the competition in different categories. These judges are Hj Osman bin Hj Ladis and Wallace Koh Hoe Aik from AITI, Pg Sarimah bte Pg Abd Latiff from IFB, Jennifer Voon from Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB) and Jeremy Chua from iCentre.
                                                                                             
These six teams competing are:
 
1.                  Chung Hwa Middle School, BSB with “Heritage of South East Asia”;
2.                  Kolej International Graduate Studies (IGS) with “Virtual Watch Fitting”;
3.                  Sekolah Vokasional Nakhoda Ragam with the product “SVNR Staff Network”;
4.                  Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB) with “The Sulu Princess”;
5.                  Teleconsult Sdn Bhd with “Teleconsult SkyEye”; and
6.                  PHMD Publishing Company with the project “Salam Halal”.
 
Participation in APICTA is a continuous initiative by the Ministry of Communications to develop the country’s ICT industry by allowing ICT product developers to compete on an international level. Brunei Darussalam teams who win at APICTA will be given a grant of $50,000 by AITI to further develop and enhance their product to become a marketable product. The 2nd prize or Merit Award winners will be given a grant of $25,000.
 
At APICTA 2013, Brunei Darussalam won two Merit awards by Chung Hwa Middle School, KB with the product “Higher Education Guidance System (Hedges)“ and Institut Teknologi of Brunei (ITB) with the product “AutiSay”.