The Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA) are scheduled to be held in Bali's famed Sanur beach November 30 – December 2, 2005.
Organized by the Multimedia Development Corporation of Malaysia as a means to increase ICT awareness in the community and help bridge the "digital divide," the meeting is expected to draw participation from its 15 member-economies include Australia, Brunei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam and China.
An international program, in which member economies take turns hosting the annual Awards Programs, the competition to stimulate creativity and innovation is open to pre-university student groups from Junior High through High Schools drawn from any of the 15 member countries.
Contest project areas that will be open for awards this year include:
• E-Government & Services
• Education & Training
• Secondary Student Project
• Tertiary Student Project
• Research & Development
• Applications and Infrastructure Tools
• Financial Applications
• Industrial Applications
• Media and Entertainment
• Tourism and Hospitality
• General Applications
The conference and awards are seen as an important opportunity for Indonesia to grow its technology information sector currently valued at only US$1.7 billion. By comparision, India has an technology information market estimated at US$ 18 billion.
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