Nominations open for Apicta Awards


KUALA LUMPUR: The theme of this year’s MSC Malaysia Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Awards (Apicta) is Stimulating creativity and excellence in ICT.

Datuk Badlisham Ghazali, chief executive officer of the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), said the awards encourage and contribute to the growth of ICT (information and communications technology) talents in the country.

This is especially important because the nation has embarked on its journey towards becoming an innovation-led economy, he said. MDeC is custodian of MSC Malaysia and National ICT Initiative.

“We hope the Apicta Awards this year will make a significant contribution in facilitating the promotion of locally-developed innovative ICT applications,” Badlisham added.

The awards also play a pivotal role in encouraging and assisting young people to take up entrepreneurial career paths within ICT sectors, thus creating a pool of knowledge workers for the region to draw upon.

In addition to that, the awards are a notable networking platform, fostering trade relations and business opportunities for investors.

Show and tell

The nominees — comprising individuals, students, entrepreneurs, small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) and other organisations — will have an opportunity to present their ICT products and services in any of the 18 award categories.

These categories include e-Learning and e-Health, financial applications and, research & development.

The entries will be judged by a team of industry movers and shakers from the Government, academia and the ICT industry. Entries will be judged according to various criteria, such as uniqueness, market potential, functionality or features, quality, and application of technology.

MDeC said the highlight of the Apicta awards will be the awarding of the Prime Minister’s “Best of the Best” Award.

One winner from any of the non-student categories will be selected from among the finalists and will receive this prestigious recognition, together with an opportunity to attend a week-long entrepreneurship development programme at the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States.

Winners and merit recipients will also be given the opportunity to represent Malaysia at the International Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Awards, competing against winners from member economies of the Asia Pacific ICT Alliance.

Among these are Australia, Brunei, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Macau, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.

Joint effort

The MSC Malaysia Apicta Awards presentation ceremony this year is scheduled for early August.

Submission must be completed via the online submission form and nominations are open until May 28. Details of the nomination process can be found at http://bit.ly/aevzTD.

The International Apicta Awards ceremony will also be held in the capital, at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from Oct 11-15.

MSC Malaysia Apicta Awards is jointly organised by MDeC and the Association of the Computer and Multimedia Industry of Malaysia (Pikom).

MSC Malaysia is the national ICT initiative spearheaded by the Malaysian Government to develop and promote the industry.

A test-bed for the global ICT industry, MSC Malaysia provides a conducive enabling environment designed to facilitate companies to harness their full potential.

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