DAVAO CITY, Oct. 25 (PIA) – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST-XI) has invited interested professionals and students with research projects and inventions to join in the 2013 Regional Invention Contest and Exhibit (RICE 2013) slated on November 19-21, 2013 at SM City Davao.
In DOST-XI’s emailed invitation, the agency called on professionals and students in groups or individuals to bring their entries on research projects, inventions, prototypes, industrial designs and software applications related to science, technology, engineering, medicine, health and the environment.
The deadline for the submission of entries is on November 13, 2013.
The DOST-Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI) is in cooperation with the Davao Inventors Association (DIA) and the Davao Region Industry, Energy and Emerging Technologies Research and Development Consortium (DRIEERDC) in the holding of the RICE 2013 at the SM City Davao Events Center, SM Annex, Ecoland, this city.
DOST-XI said RICE 2013 aims to recognize and showcase the outstanding local inventions, innovations, researches and utility models with significant and potential contribution in the development of the industry and the economy.
In addition, this biennial science and technology event intends to provide support to Filipino inventors and innovators by showcasing their creations and ingenuity to the public and potential investors and commercialization partners.
This year’s theme states, “Innovation and Invention: The Road to a Smarter Philippines.”
RICE contestants will be vying for the following categories: Outstanding Inventions (TUKLAS AWARD), Outstanding Utility Models, Outstanding Industrial Designs, Outstanding Creative Researches (LIKHA AWARD) and Outstanding Student Creative Research (SIBOL AWARD) for High School and College Students.
There will be three winning entries for each category and winners will receive corresponding cash prize.
The cash rewards that await winners for the Outstanding Inventions (TUKLAS AWARD) are: Php 25,000 (1st), Php 15,000 (2nd), and Php 10,000 (3rd).
For the Outstanding Utility Models, winner will be rewarded with Php 20,000 (1st), Php 10,000 (2nd) and Php 5,000 (3rd).
Winners for the Outstanding Industrial Designs will be given Php 20,000 (1st), Php 10,000 (2nd) and Php 5,000 (3rd), while Outstanding Creative Researches (LIKHA AWARD) awardees will get Php 20,000 (1st), Php 10,000 (2nd) and Php 5,000 (3rd).
For the student categories, cash prizes of Php 20,000 (1st), Php 10,000 (2nd) and Php 5,000 (3rd) will be awarded to the winners for the Outstanding Student Creative Research (SIBOL AWARD) for High School and Outstanding Student Creative Resaerch (SIBOL AWARD) for College Students.
DOST-XI said RICE 2013 is the only invention contest in the Davao Region with over P200,000 in cash prizes.
RICE 2013 winners will also have the chance to represent Davao Region in the 2014 National Invention Contest and Exhibit (NICE 2014) which will be held next year at SMX, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City.
DOST-XI advised interested individuals or groups to visit http://www.tapi.dost.gov.ph/index.php/downloads/2013-RICE for more details. (PIA-11/Carina L. Cayon)