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2009 Mindanao Inventors Expo slated in March

Davao City (4 March) -- Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI) of the Department of Science and Technology XI (DOST XI) will host the 2009 Mindanao Inventors Contest and Exposition (MICE 2009) on March 9-11, 2009, at the SM City Davao Event Center, Davao City. The event is conducted in coordination with the Davao Inventors Association (DIA).

MICE aims to create awareness, establish linkages for Mindanao-based inventors. Specifically, it aims to generate awareness on the existence of inventors' organizations. Furthermore, it aims to strengthen linkages between inventors, inventors' organizations, government and non-government organizations, the private sector, and civic groups.

MICE will provide a venue for potential inventors, researchers, technologists, and students to showcase their inventions, innovations, researches. TAPI-DOST supports MICE to further develop their capacity towards inventing, through trainings, seminars and workshops, on both new and current technologies. MICE is open to both the public and private sector inventors, researchers, and students.

MICE will have six (6) categories namely; a) Outstanding Invention (Tuklas Award); b) Outstanding Utility Model; c) Outstanding Industrial Design; d) Outstanding Creative Research (Likha Award); and e) Outstanding Student Creative Research (Sibol Award) for high school and college students.

Invention category entries are those covered by an invention patent which is still in force and granted by the Intellectual Property Office. Utility Model entries are those covered by utility model patent/registration which is still in force and granted by the Intellectual Property Office. Creative Research entries are those with patent pending or without patent application, inventions, utility models, industrial designs, devices, products, chemical/mechanical processes or researches with demonstrable qualities already commercialized or with potential for commercialization. Sibol Award entries are new and innovative projects/models including machines, gadgets, products and processes developed by high school and college students.

Judging shall be based on the entries' ingenuity, viability, usefulness, presentation and demonstration, ornamentally and aesthetics, uniqueness, market potential, and extent of utility. Final judging will be held at the contest site. Winners will represent Mindanao in the National Invention Contest during the 2009 National Inventors Week in November. (DOST XI-PIA XI) [top]

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