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HRH Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah in a group photo with BSP and UBD representatives and also the finalists of the Green Debate 2013
This is the third debate of its kind and I'm glad that BSP-UBD Green Debate is still going on every year. Sadly I missed the big debate last Saturday since I'm still outstation. Anyway here's a quick run down on the winners of BSP-UBD Green Debate Finals.
It was a tough one to support as both my friends Jordine and Seng Yee were facing against each other representing UBD. However, there can be only one winner and it was Jordine's team - UBD "A" for the University category. For the pre-university category, Katok Sixth Form Centre won.
The theme for this year was "The Future of Energy" and it revolved around four divided sub-themes i the form of energy efficiency; energy poverty; the food, the water and energy security nexus and alternative energy resources.
Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah graced the debate as the guest of honour and also the prize presentation ceremony, which took place at the Jerudong International School (JIS)Arts Centre.
Also present at the finals at JIS were the Managing Director of Brunei Shell Petroleum Co Sdn Bhd (BSP), Ken Marnoch and the Deputy Vice Chancellor of UBD, Associate Professor Dr Hjh Zohrah Hj Sulaiman. Image courtesy of Bahyiah Bakir of Borneo Bulletin.
The winner of the university category - UBD "B"
The winner of the pre-university category - Katok Sixth Form Centre
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I'm still outstation (in Singapore that is) and I will be back pretty soon. I have been here for a few days and it was great to catch up with my siblings who are now back in Brunei after school re-opened last Saturday. The careless part of me was losing my Brunei DST sim card so guys, you won't be able to reach me for the moment unless you Whatsapp me.
Tonight is gonna be epic for one reason - Russell Peters live in Singapore. This will be the first time I will attend his show and he did a gig previously in Singapore. I just hope there is some refreshing jokes in his ammo and I hope he doesn't bring the all classic ones. This is one challenging thing about being a stand-up comedian - 'How to keep the jokes refreshing and entertaining?' I'm pretty sure RP is awesome and talented enough to come up with impromptu materials.
I won't be posting much but do catch me on instagram for regular updates :))
I caught up with Joanne Tan for dinner last night and I love the food at Curry Times, located at Novena Square, Singapore
Singapore did celebrate Earth Hour and some of the major retail outlets showing their support. I could say that 50-60% of Orchard Road pledged for Earth Hour. I wonder how Brunei event went.
Minang House Restaurant is one of my all-time favourite Indonesian restaurant. A must try :D
I got this email yesterday. I'm the No.1 Social News, not No.1 Chicken supplier
I made my way to Hard Rock Cafe to catch Jsaon Chen.. I have no idea who he is until Amalina kinda briefed me before I made a fool of myself. Well, I did when I named him David Chen on my IG yesterday *facepalm*
I was with my cousins Amalina and Mash during Jason Chen's gig
RP is in Singapore.. I can't wait!!!!
How long before I can apply a job similar to this guy? *lol* This was taken at one of the Mummy sets at Universal Studios. More on Universal Studios in my later post.
The judging process for the Crown Prince CIPTA Award 2013 concluded with Final Presentation and Evaluation that took place in 25-28 February 2013 in Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB). There are 2 stages in the CIPTA judging process. The first stage is the Preliminary Assessment Stage, and the final stage is the Final Presentation and Evaluation Stage.
43 entries made it through the Preliminary Assessment Stage, whereby submitted project abstracts were assessed to ensure that the project is original with no duplication elsewhere, and it has not been submitted in other competitions.
There are 3 categories in CIPTA 2013: 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. 15 entries from Category 1; 12 entries from Category 2; and 16 entries from Category 3 were shortlisted during the Preliminary Assessment Stage. CIPTA participants who were successful at this preliminary stage would then submit a complete project report for the Final Presentation and Evaluation stage.
In this final stage, participants were required to present their inventions in front of a panel of international and local judges. Each participating team or individual was given 20 minutes to demonstrate and explain their products and followed by a 20 minute question-and-answer session with the panel of judges. The judging panel evaluated the projects based on different criteria and weightage in accordance to the 3 categories of the competition.
CIPTA 2013 is the fifth installment of the biennial competition since its inauguration in 2005. CIPTA 2013 is organised by Institut Teknologi Brunei in partnership with Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd. CIPTA is an acronym for ‘Creative, Innovative Product and Technological Advancement’. The theme of CIPTA 2013 is ‘Reaching an innovative society for a sustainable future’, which is in line with the global effort to address sustainability issues through innovative approaches.
The winning projects and inventors will be announced during the CIPTA 2013 Award Ceremony that will be held on (today) Monday, 25 March 2013 at the Songket Ballroom, Rizqun International Hotel. All the participating inventions will also be showcased in an exhibition that will take place in Sutera Hall, Level 4, at the same venue. The one-day exhibition is opened to the public from 12 noon to 5 pm.
On 23rd March 2013, KFC and Fitness Zone held a partner appreciation event for their sponsors and partners that have helped them in realizing the KFC Fitness Zone 3 On 3 Streetball Challenge 2013 Season 1 at Airport Mall.
“KFC and Fitness Zone may have taken the first step in promoting 3 On 3 Street basketball in a large scale but it is our sponsors and partners support that help us to go this far and we want to thank them each personally” says Wu Chun, Managing Director of Fitness Zone.
“In gratitude of their support, we always think of ways how to help our sponsors and partners to promote their business and/or organizations” says Jonathan Bong, Senior Marketing Manager, KFC B Sdn Bhd. Beside the standard publicity for sponsors such as billboards, lamp post banners, tee shirts, A boards and so on, KFC and Fitness Zone, with the help of their event organizers Trinity and Good Game, utilizes KFC and Fitness Zone’s marketing channels such as cinema ads, social media to name a few and even creating activities for their partners. The popular You•C1000 Obstacle Challenge currently available at Airport Mall being one of those activities. “Currently, our partners like our tray liner the most because with 14 outlets throughout Brunei, our partner’s advertisement can quickly reach out to a lot of people” added Jonathan Bong.
Business aside, with the creation of the Hopes In The Hoop initiative as part of the KFC Fitness Zone 3 on 3 Streetball Challenge, partners and sponsors sees part of their support going for a good cause as KFC and Fitness Zone strive to raise funds for a good cause to be decided at the end of the year as part of their CSR initiative.
KFC Fitness Zone and their event organizers Good Game and Trinity would like to take this opportunity to give big thanks the following partners and sponsors: Imperial Sports, The Brunei Times, Kristal FM, Palm Garden Hotel, Hui Huang Enterprise, Hemaviton, Mobile One, Handsome Enterprise, Tutti Frutti Citis Square, PHLS Sdn Bhd, YGK Jewellery Sdn Bhd, Honey Carsmart Sdn Bhd, Revive, Intracorp Sdn Bhd, BruneiBasketball.com, Integ Technology System and Boxnation.
Comedy Night Part 1 is organized by 1stopbrunei.com and the main partners are UBDFM and Ranoadidas.com
This comedy night will contain different mini comedic plays as well as a few singing acts by youths.The performers are Shavez, A'aqiil, Mathien and Kevin.They have had experience with SEEDs, BADs and their respective school clubs.
The aim of the comedy night is to provide entertainment to Brunei and make it affordable for everyone to view local acts and drama. And it is also to serve as a platform for Bruneians to show case their talents.
The show will be on April 6th, Saturday, 7:45 pm, at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, KKBS, Ground floor.
The tickets are only $5 for students and $10 for adults. You can purchase the ticket at Lazeeza Restaurant at Hj Daud Complex, Gadong (same row with CA Mohd, the old branch at Gadong).
More information on the event and venue information can be found here.
The 4th Radio Televisyen Brunei (RTB) Media Carnival kicked off last weekend in lined with RTB's desire to give the public a glimpse of how the state media operates.
The carnival, which will end on March 24, also indirectly serves as a platform to scope out new talents through reality-based activities that are carried out in the various booths.
Other objectives and aims of the carnival also include showcasing RTB's latest developments especially on the migration to digital, promoting their products, interacting with the public to receive feedback on services, and to survey the interests of viewers from all ages and backgrounds.
There were also a number of activities including An-Nuur, a talkshow that discusses the topic of "The spreading of Islam through media" by two panellists who were specially invited, "Pantun Ria", an entertainment segment that uses interaction techniques on the audience, and many more.
An audition session was also held for those who were interested in becoming radio presenters, a TV or news presenter, and others.
At the same time, a training and workshop session will also be carried out during the whole carnival.
The Acting Director of RTB, Hj Muhd Suffian Hj Bungsu said that broadcasting technology was advancing rapidly and in line with this, RTB had compiled initiatives towards the migration of the analogue broadcasting system to the digital system.
Hj Muhd Suffian also said in his speech that relevant departments at RTB had been working towards improving the quality and quantity of the content shown through a number of initiatives.
Some of the initiatives he shared included raising the percentage of the local programmes from 51 per cent to 70 per cent for TV RTB1 and from 13 per cent to 40 per cent for TV RTB2 gradually or by stages. There are also plans to publish programmes that would add value to the community such as the Wawasan 2035 and National Development programmes, district news as a stand-alone, and to add more news on local sports, and many more.
Present as guest of honour during the opening event was Dato Paduka Hj Abd Wahab Juned, the Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister's Office.
The deputy minister, in his speech, said that RTB served as a development platform through its services that cover several key areas, in line with its vision to be a dynamic and major organisation in the development of the country.
"RTB is a broadcaster and tongue as a liaison between the government and the public through information in order to make an informed society which will lead the society to thrive as well as contribute to national development."
"Therefore, RTB has a responsibility that has some major dimensions including portraying the greatness of His Majesty's leadership and country, highlighting the government's services for the welfare of the society, role in lifting the superiority of Islam as the official religion, and Malay language as the official language in Brunei, and many more."
A number of government departments, production houses and mass media participated in this year's carnival. Text by Eleena Teoh of The Brunei Times and images courtesy of RTB Facebook page.
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Hey peeps.. by now, you would know that I'm in Singapore right now and spending my weekend here with the family and also catching superstar Russell Peters this Monday at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Apparently there are a lot of Bruneians showing up here as well to catch the gig.. Awesome!!
I won't be posting much stuff but I will do my best to post from time to time. Have a great weekend and enjoy Earth Hour tonight.
I want this Brunei passport.. I was "sakai-ed" when I saw my friend holding this.. Normally I see the Brunei red passport. Anyway, the system of the biometric system is faulty at the immigration so even with this passport, you still need to do it the old conventional way
The only problem when I enter the BI flight that late, I will miss on the newspaper on the tray. So sometimes I will look over my neighbor in front of me for the headliners *hoho*
Royal Plaza on Scotts is under going some facelift.. Well, not the room area but some parts of the dining area
Yay!! I spent some quality time with my lil sister Ejah and she had some of my bubble tea drink from Gong Cha..
Ohh by the way, happy 39th Birthday to Royal Plaza on Scotts. Congratulations on the milestone
After only three hours in Singapore, the family headed for Johor and did our usual shopping. And now my mom is pretty active on instagram where I managed to learn more updates on my family on her instagram *lol*
Now back in Brunei, it's pretty busy.. We have the RTB Carnival, Japan Festival and this photo was taken at Airport Mall for the ongoing FIFA challenge as part of the KFC event. Thanks Devon for the pic.
I so want to catch this movie…
Tan of Megafoto at Far East Plaza posing and do you notice that the shop had a minor facelift?
Apparently he sells the nano sim cutter for less than BND 30 but it's out of stock
Ideal for iPhone 5 users but not for my soft hands :(
Let's do this Brunei :D
RB showing their support for Earth Hour tonight
Thank you, Rainforest Gallery
I jogged this morning and I passed this :D
Guess what? I had this morning - Sausage McMuffin with Egg… and by Monday 25th, Brunei McDonald's will be serving this.. Woohoo!! Finally!!!
Royal Plaza also showing support for Earth Hour
Meanwhile in Brunei, the Earth Hour official event will take place on the Budiman Walk. By the way, the official t-shirts are for sale at BND 15
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Career day for next week
The charity fundraiser event is being approved by the Ministry of Home Affairs and it will be happening next Sunday 31st March 2013 and it will be held at Fun Bee Park, Batu Surat. There will be activities and games to be carried out during the one day event which begins from 10am to 5pm.
The organisers are also looking for volunteers who can help out during the course of the event. The booth spot are also available and it's free with a $50 refundable deposit. Those who are selling items, 80% of the proceeds will be donated to charity.
For more details, call 245 7729 or text 717 8232. Let's give something back to the community. Your contribution will make a difference.
Norainah binti Ghani (center) the winner of the Toyota 86 with her family and Javed Ahmad, Managing Director of BIBD
It was the perfect all-family affair for Norainah binti Ghani, as she became a proud owner of a brand new Toyota 86, the grand prize of the 3rd Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) Blessing Rewards lucky draw at the Airport Mall last Friday.
There was no shortage of excitement and anticipation as 10 selected finalists were shortlisted for a unique opportunity to win the perfectly engineered sports car with the iPhone 5 a guaranteed prize for four consolation winners.
After the 10 selected finalists were announced and introduced to the public, each customer was invited to pick out a piece of paper from an enclosed black envelope.
The finalist who picked out the right envelope with a picture of the grand draw prize advances to the next round while the journey for four finalists ends.
Mohamad Syah Nizam bin A Hidup, Haji Soffery bin Haji MT Akut, Abdul Hadi bin Metarshad and Saaherefah binti Matassim each walked away with a brand new iPhone 5.
The iPhone 5 was the consolation prize for the seventh to tenth place winners, indicating the level of quality and attractiveness of the prizes in the draw.
The mini adventure continued for the six remaining finalists in the penultimate round and an opportunity to drive home a Toyota 86, one of the popular car models in the Sultanate in recent times. Each participant, in numerical order, then cut off a rolling banner which decided their fate with two spots up for grabs in the final round of the lucky draw.
Hj Muhd Amalul Arifin bin Hj Sulaiman won a Samsung package consisting of a Samsung NX11 kit in sixth place. Rosli bin Hj Masri won an Apple package comprising top range of products in fifth while Norlela binti Mohammad Alli will enjoy countless trips via Air Asia after accumulating 1,000,000 Air Asia BIG points. Third place winner, Norzainah binti Hj Moksin, won a Samsung household electronics package.
Tonney bin Muslim got off to a rolling start after his banner displayed the orange-coloured Toyota 86 with Norainah who completed the final two spots to begin what was a dramatic showdown.
The two remaining participants then had to try to start the car by choosing the right key and sound the horn to confirm that the car’s engine is switched on. Tonney went first but the car engine did not ignite so the opportunity fell to Norainah.
As the whole crowd waited in anticipation, Norainah attempted to switch on the engine but, like Tonney’s first attempt did not start the engine leaving Tonney to have another chance to select the right key.
However, his attempt to win in his second chance was not fruitful and with three sets of keys left, the margin between winning and losing was too close to call.
The excitement boiled down to the final two keys with both finalists getting a 50/50 chance. It was Tonney’s final chance but he missed out on the grand draw leaving, by default, the right key to a joyous Norainah, who shared her moment of triumph with her jubilant family members. It was still a perfect getaway prize for Tonney in the end, who won a travel package to either perform Umrah or tickets to Melbourne for two.
Norainah told the Bulletin that it was the first time she had won such a luxurious prize in this magnitude.
Tonney bin Muslim won a travel package to either Umrah or tickets to Melbourne for two
Norzainah binti Hj Moksin won a Samsung household electronics package
Norlela binti Mohammad Alli won 1,000,000 Air Asia BIG points
Rosli bin Hj Masri won an Apple package comprising top range of products
Meanwhile, the Managing Director of BIBD, Javed Ahmad, in a speech said that the BIBD Blessings Rewards is a highly prestigious promotional campaign in its third year.
“We are very pleased for the winners of the current Blessings Rewards promotion, which is perhaps the biggest promotion in the banking industry in Brunei with the number of quality of prizes that are unprecedented by any other bank. We have given away attractive prizes and packages to our customers. Insya Allah (God willing) we will continue to improve the BIBD Blessings Rewards going forward,” he said.
“It really is an occasion as a way for us to show our ‘thank you’ for their support and trust in us. We will continue to look after their needs and continue to improve the service,” he added.
The BIBD Blessings Rewards campaign ran for four months from early November last year to the end of February 2013.
BIBD customers who sign up for any of BIBD’s eligible financing or deposit products covered during the promotion are eligible to enter. Text courtesy of Fadhil Yunus of Borneo Bulletin.
It was a tense finale between Norhainah and Tonney
The top 6 finalists
The top 10 finalists before they were shortlisted by a draw
There was so much anticipation from the audience
DISCOVER the authentic taste of Malacca cuisine at I-Lotus Restaurant. The “Taste of Nyonya” lunch theme buffet will be ongoing until April 15 where diners can enjoy an array of Nyonya’s all seasoned and flavourful delicacies.
Popular dishes such as the Nyonya Rendang Chicken, Pineapple Prawn with Coconut, Nyonya Five Spice Meat Roll, Nyonya Turmeric Squid and others will be available at the I-Lotus Restaurant from 11am to 2pm (lunch time only)
There will also be a noodle counter for those who would like to taste the spices of I-Lotus’s very own curry noodles as well as an array of appetisers with various selections.
Patrons can also indulge in the hearty meal of its Nyonya temptations with the addition of the sweet taste desserts to end the meal with a choice of Kueh Kosui, Kueh Puteri Sarlat, Pulot Inti, Onde-Onde and Kueh Genggang, amongst others, served in a buffet-themed counter.
The “Taste of Nyonya” promotion is priced at $16.80 per adult and $11 per child. VIP members will enjoy 10 per cent discount. Check out their Facebook page at I Lotus Restaurant.
Try out their Nyonya Lunch Buffet at i Lotus restaurant
This for me is the best dish - Nyonya Chicken Rendang
This is also a nice dish - Sambal Belacan Pakis
The noodle stall
.... and they are serving curry laksa
Some of the menu dishes at the Nyonya Buffet line
You should try the Nyonya Popiah
For desserts, I recommend you this
Promotion ends 15th of April
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It's happening soon.. Brunei has been actively a big support of Earth Hour. I won't be in Brunei again for the 3rd time *lol* Last year I was in Melbourne and surprisingly the city didn't practice too much of Earth Hour. I know the team in Brunei did a tremendous job every year and the awareness was just growing year by year and even gets support from the relevant government agencies.
Yesterday a press conference was held (why no call me? :p) at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf hosted by the Earth Hour representatives to official announced that Brunei will be joining Earth Hour which will take place this Saturday 23rd March. The main event will take place at National Stadium along the Awang Budiman Walk unitl the grand staircase (nice) form 8:30pm to 9:30pm.
The organisers have created an interesting gimmick with the theme "I will if you will" challenge. One of the participants is Microsoft and Kodu Developer Brunei where they are collaborating with schools. They will be creating environmental related games.
Secondly Kristal FM DJs have been doing their own pledges on instagram.. And all you do is like their photo on @Kristalfm and should it reach a milestone of 1,000 likes, then the respective DJs will do something out of their comfort zone. Do check out their instagram for the pledges.
The third challenge will be from Zumba @ Fitness where they will give zumba session for free with a Zumba teaser which will be previewed on the following day. The other challenge also involved the Heart of Borneo where the representatives will be going to Melilas, part of the Heart of Borneo, to document some of the plants and animals.
If you want to know more about Earth Hour Brunei, do click here.
Earth Hour Brunei is supported by Energy Department at the Prime Minister's Office, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, Department of Electrical Services, STEP, Heart of Borneo, Forestry Department, Orchid Garden Hotel, Bruneitweet, Asia Inc Forum, JASRA, Rimba II Secondary Schoo, Kodu Developer Brunei, Google Developer Brunei, HSBC, Green Brunei, Kristal FM, Pelangi FM, Borneo Bulletin, Brunei Times, Media Permata, AnakBrunei, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Armtrix Enterprise, the Ship of Southeast Asia Youth Programme (SSYEAP BPY 38th) in collaboration with FuhReakZ for Zumba Fitness, ITB, UBD, Brunei Polytechnic, Maktab Duli and Intelligent Power Management Plus (India).
Press conference held at The Coffee Bean. Image courtesy of facebook.com/earthhourbrunei
Press conference held at The Coffee Bean. Image courtesy of facebook.com/earthhourbrunei
Career day for next week
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The article that caught me by surprise this morning
This is something that I don't really understand. It's a simple sport. A national sport - football. Yes, there can be politics in most organisations but sometimes it has its limits. I don't know what's the fuss with the Brunei national team. In today's The Brunei Times, it was reported that Brunei has pulled out of the AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers in the Philippines from March 22-26. The reasons were not stated as it just had the reasons due to the "unavoidable circumstances".
We should be grateful that our football body or association has been reinstated by FIFA after the former association (BAFA) was being suspended and furthermore, BAFA was de-registered by the Registrar of Society. Now people has been asking what's next after HBT 2012 where Brunei U-21 team unexpectedly defied the odds and lift the trophy. They have been comments and also on opinion page in the papers where the public wanted to know the vision and plans for the Brunei team. Reporters find it difficult to communicate with the right parties when it comes to the Brunei team. Local clubs and of course, DPMM FC, was a much easier task to gather information and people are able to be updated on the local football scene. However, when it comes to Brunei international team, it's hardly being reported or shared.
Today was a sad moment to know that Brunei won't be participating in the tournament. They could have improved their ranks by participating at least. They were supposed to take on Philippines, then Turkmenistan and Cambodia. The AFC Challenge is the counter-part of the Asian Cup and it is a biennial event for emerging footballing countries in Asia. Now ain't that a good way to revive back our national sport in the international scene? This will make our country look bad and even complacent. I can tell you that the players are hungry to play for their country but I guess it was not meant to be.
What boggles my mind is the involvement of the Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports. I'm kinda wondering if the Brunei national team affairs is solely handled by National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam or is the Ministry also have some decision making powers in handling the national team. Why I bring this up is because of the article that was written today in The Brunei Times. The statement was issued by the Ministry and not NFABD. I'm quite confused as a supporter. Will this again bring the situation back to square one? I hope not. Maybe the agencies might feel like I'm talking rubbish here but the truth is there is no transparency and no one wants to be accountable when it comes to interviews (based on the reporters who are trying their best to get information). There was even an article written in goal.com where players feel the frustration of the situation and there have been loads of comments on the DPMM FC facebook group as they vented their frustration on Brunei's absense.
The public needs to know what's going on with our national sport and what is the progress so far. Our football scene is so dominated with DPMM FC and the DST Super League (which is just over). This is the time for the football association to take charge and just follow the one great intention of bringing back the passion and pride once again to our hardworking national players and also the pride of our nation. Your thoughts?
His Royal Highness Prince Sufri Bolkiah was the newly elected President of NFABD
NFABD committee with officials from FIFA
Dato Paduka Hj Abdul Rahman (2nd from right) was the former president of NFABD and he stepped down before the 5th Extraordinary Congress
This is what the fans have been missing for a long time.. Our players representing our country, Brunei
Did you know the Simunic is the head coach for Brunei national team?
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RTB Carnival: From 22nd to 24th March 2013
Concepts Computer also participating at RTB Carnival
The car sticker that created a lot of interest among Bruneians. I belive this is the first of its kind and it has been on the road for quite some time. Click image to read comments
If I were to do one, then a 5 size photo and duck tape might be just sufficient for me *lol*
The Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB) and Telekom Brunei Berhad (TelBru) have partnered to organise a ‘30 second Informercial' Competition to mark the World Intellectual Property Day 2013. The World IP Day is a global event celebrated every April 26th by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to commemorate the importance of IP and the role it plays in our everyday life. On this occasion, Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), including Brunei Darussalam, celebrate the World IP Day with activities around the globe to discuss and demonstrate how IP works to contribute to the development of music and the arts and to drive the technological innovation that helps shape our world.
The BEDB's ‘30 second Informercial' Competition will run from March 11 to April 15, 2013. The Competition is hoped to increase awareness on the protection of Intellectual Property (IP) whilst encouraging innovation and creativity. The Competition is open to residents of Brunei Darussalam and is divided into two categories, the ‘Open Category' and ‘Students Category'. Contestants wishing to enter the competition will have to film a ‘30 second Infomercial' on the importance of IP protection based on this year's World IP Day theme: ‘Creativity - the Next Generation' and should submit their video clips and register their full details at the Patent Registry Office (PRO), Block B26, Knowledge Hub, Anggerek Desa (next to the iCentre).
Speaking on the BEDB's hopes for the ‘30 second Informercial' Competition, Shahrinah Yusof Khan, Deputy Registrar and Head of the Patent Registry Office (PRO) at the BEDB reflected on the Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister's Office and Chairman of the BEDB Dato Paduka Awang Haji Ali bin Apong's speech at the launching of the BEDB's Creative Arts Facilities (CRAFT) earlier this year where he acknowledged digital multimedia to be part of the creative industry and a potential area for innovative start-ups to generate economic growth in Brunei. In line with the theme for WIPO's Intellectual Property Day this year, Creativity - the Next Generation, she strongly urge students and young entrepreneurs to use their imagination, knowledge and enthusiasm to become part of a new generation of innovators.
A panel of judges comprised of the BEDB, TelBru and the Attorney General's Chambers (AGC) will judge the entries on creative thinking and production skills based on the title chosen as well as effectiveness in getting the message and theme across. The winning entries will be announced in a prize presentation ceremony on the World IP Day on April 26th at the iCentre in Anggerek Desa. The Gold entry will win a cash prize of BND$1,000 while Silver and Bronze entries will receive BND$700 and BND$500 respectively. In addition, a consolation prize of $200 will also be awarded for each category. It is anticipated that the winning entry will be published on WIPO's World IP Day Facebook on April 26th and will be used by the BEDB's Patent Registry Office (PRO) in its public awareness initiatives. All shortlisted finalists will also receive a basic training course in the field of Animation sponsored by the Creative Arts Facilities (CRAFT) which will be facilitated by an expert in Autodesk and Side Effects software.
For more information on the competition, please contact the Patent Registry Office (PRO) at telephone numbers 2380965/2380966 or visit their website at www.brunei-patents.com.bn.
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