The 2018 National Invention Contest and Exhibit (NICE) held on 14-16 August 2018 at the Le Pavillon Metropolitan Park in Pasay City revealed the most outstanding inventions and researches in the Philippines.
Pursuant to Republic Act 7459 or the “Inventors and Invention Incentives Act of the Philippines,” NICE is conducted by the Technology Application and Promotion Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-TAPI) to showcase the Filipino’s innovative nature and to recognize these innovations.
The qualifiers for the 2018 NICE are winners of the recent Regional Invention Contest and Exhibit conducted all over the regions in 2017.
“Since all of the finalists of the 2018 NICE are considered winners, all of them are entitled of availing the numerous programs and assistance provided by DOST-TAPI from intellectual property rights protection to technology commercialization,” said DOST-TAPI Director Edgar I. Garcia.
Previous finalists of NICE were able to take advantage of the comprehensive programs of DOST-TAPI specifically tailored for the needs of the inventors and researchers in whichever commercialization phase they are in.
The lamp primer for white spot syndrome virus, a technology which detects the presence of the deadly white spot virus in cultured shrimp, took home the first prize for the Outstanding Invention (Tuklas) Award.
On the other hand, the portable unihoused water purification and sterilization apparatus which provides instant source of safe drinking water through filtration bagged the first prize for the Outstanding Utility Model.
The interlocking block or Ecoblock which maximizes flexibility in creating a total matrix within a system when completed and impeller compact rice mill which was developed according to the filed conditions of Filipino rice farmers have won first prize for Outstanding Industrial Design and Creative Research (Likha) Award, respectively.
Finally, the flame emission photometric determination of iron via digital imaging-based detection and pectin-carboxymethyl cellulose biocapsule for potential colon-targeted oral drug delivery researches won the first prize for the Student Creative Research (Sibol) Award for college and high school categories, respectively.
The Tuklas First Prize Awardee took home Php300,000.00, plaque and certificate of recognition from DOST-TAPI, and gold medals from the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) and International Federation of Inventors’ Associations (IFIA) while the Outstanding Utility Model and Outstanding Industrial Design First Prize Winners took home Php200,000.00, plaque and certificate of recognition from DOST-TAPI, and WIPO and IFIA gold medals each.
Subsequently, Likha and Sibol First Prize Winners were given Php100,000.00 and plaque and certificate of recognition from DOST-TAPI each.
“When introducing a new invention, one must have a strong will and determination to defend your inventions to the stakeholders including your possible competitors,” said DOST Secretary Fortuunato T. De La Peña.
DOST Secretary De La Peña also reiterated the contribution of inventions and innovations to economic progress and social development.
DOST-TAPI S&T Media Service
Jund Rian A. Doringo