ISTIC-TWAS Competition Successful Innovation in Science and Technology in Developing Countries
10-11 October 2015, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The group photo of participants with judges and ISTIC officials

The ISTIC-TWAS Competition Successful Innovation in Science and Technology in Developing Countries was successfully held from 10-11 October 2015 at Furama Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This is the 3rd competition organised by ISTIC and TWAS.

A total of 12 participants from a total of 80 applicants were selected which consist participants from 9 countries including Bangladesh, India, Japan, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa, Pakistan, and Turkey participated in this competition.

This competition was undertaken in 3 phases. Phase 1 was the collection of case study summaries how innovations in S&T have had an impact in the South. Submissions were screened and 20 candidates were invited to prepare full length reports detailing their successful experiences. In phase 2 shortlisted candidates were invited to present their innovations at the workshop. An expert panel of judges evaluated the presentations and selected the best three for monetary awards of USD5,000, USD3,000 and USD2,000 for first, second and third places respectively.

Presentation of innovation by a participant from Bangladesh

The first prize, USD5,000 was awarded to Dr. Osman Hasan with the project “SmartSIM - A Cost-Effective Simulator for Minimal Invasive Surgery”.

The second prize, USD3,000 was awarded to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tonni Agustiono Kurniawan from China with the project title “Microbial Fuel Cells (MFC): A Novel Way to Generate Electricity On-Site and to Treat Contaminated Wastewater Simultaneously?”

The third prize, USD2,000 was awarded to Dr. Md. Sarwar Jahan from Bangladesh with the project title “Production of Dissolving Pulp, Biochemical and Silica from Rice Straw”.

Following this competition, a book containing edited versions of the case studies will be published for distribution throughout the South countries and made freely available on-line.

The picture of the winners with the judges