By Dhel Nazario
The Department of Science and Technology – Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI) will be holding the National Invention Contest and Exhibits (NICE) in March, a biennial activity which recognizes the best and the brightest Filipino inventions, innovations, and researches around the country.
“It is with much honor and excitement that I invite everyone to come and celebrate with us as we witness the acknowledgment to our best inventors, innovators, and researchers in the country,” said DOST-TAPI Director Edgar Garcia.
The NICE finalists are winners of the Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (RICE) conducted in 2019. Spearheaded by the DOST Regional Offices, RICE serves as the qualifying round for the NICE.
This year, 71 contestants will compete for five NICE categories namely, Outstanding Invention (Tuklas) with three finalists, Outstanding Utility Model with 14 finalists, Outstanding Industrial Design with seven finalists, Outstanding Creative Research (Likha) with 17 finalists, Outstanding Creative Research for College (Sibol) with 15 finalists, and Outstanding Creative Research for High School (Sibol) with 15 finalists.
The theme “Science for the People: Inventions and Innovations for Sustainable Development,” highlights the breakthroughs in inventions and innovations relative to the attainment of sustainable development goals prescribed by the United Nations (UN).
“We are very grateful to the World Intellectual Property Office’s (WIPO) continued support [for] our worthwhile endeavor,” Garcia said.
WIPO, a specialized agency of the UN which assists in developing a balanced international intellectual property (IP) legal framework to meet society’s evolving needs, will provide a gold medal for the outstanding invention and plaques of recognition to the rest of the winners.