by Florde Liza L. Alida
Staging the theme “Inventions and innovations for the People”, the Department of Science and Technology- Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI), through the DOST Regional Office 1, will conduct the 2017 Regional Invention Contest and Exhibit (RICE) on November 14 to 16, 2017 at the Robinsons Place Ilocos in San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte.
To recognize Filipino inventor’s creativity, hardworks and efforts in showing their inventive capabilities, a total of 234 entries from the secondary schools, State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and private individuals and institutions in Region 1 will be exhibited and judged during the event. The total entry is composed of 6 Utility Models, 13 Creative Research, and Sibol Awards which is composed of 201 and 14 entries from secondary schools and SUCs, respectively.
The competing teams or individuals will be garnering the following awards namely, Tuklas Award, Outstanding Utility Model Award, Outstanding Industrial Design, Likha Award, and Sibol Award for high school and college students.
The entries will be judged according to the originality of the technology, creativity/methodology, the market potential and usefulness, and presentation and demonstration of the participants.
Three regional winners will be selected per category and will be announced and awarded during the closing ceremonies on November 16, 2017.
An inventors’ summit will also be conducted to discuss concerns among the inventors as well as the laws governing inventions, and their rights and privileges. (by Florde Liza L. Alida)