Encouraging invention: Tan Sri Datuk Dr Augustine Ong (left), president of MINDS and the Asian Caucus of Invention Association (ACIA) and Datuk Vincent Lim, president of C.I.S. Network Sdn Bhd at the launch of ITEX 2014
ITEX, the International Invention, Innovation and Technology Exhibition organised by MINDS (Malaysian Invention & Design Society) is back again.
Now in its 25th year, ITEX 2014 aims to showcase the work of local and international inventors and research scientists keen on commercialising their inventions.
ITEX 2014 features some 1000 inventions from over 20 countries, including the United States, Malaysia, China and Japan, amongst others, and it not only showcases their work but also connects the inventors with the business community with a view towards commercialising their inventions.
According to Tan Sri Datuk Dr Augustine Ong, president of MINDS, 66% of submissions are from local inventors, with the rest of the 24% made up by foreign submissions.
Ong also added that "green" inventions are the most popular this year, with some 67% of inventions submitted falling into this category.
On top of that, ITEX 2014 will also feature participants for the Malaysian Young Inventors Exhibition (MYIE) 2014 and the Asian Young Invention Exhibition (AYIE) 2014, both of which showcase inventions from young participants from 20-years old and below.
Specifically, the national-level MYIE 2014 has been expanded from just 10 participating schools last year to a new format where every state is allowed to put forward up to five schools each.
The new format resulted in a submission of some 240 inventions from various schools, of which 75 were selected.
AYIE 2014 on the other hand, will feature some 100 inventions from various young inventors from Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Vietnam, China, the Philippines and other countries.
Datuk Vincent Lim, president of CIS Network Sdn Bhd, the appointed event management company for ITEX 2014, expects to see some 12,500 to 13,000 visitors this year, a 5% increase from 2013.
ITEX 2014 will be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from May 8 to 10.