Brunei's second edition of premier technology exposition-the four-day TechXpo 2011 - saw its opening ceremony yesterday officiated by the Minister of Communications (MinComm), Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awg Hj Abdullah bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar, at the Plenary Hall of the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas.
Also present at the launch were Permanent Secretary at the MinComm, Dato Paduka Hj Awg Alaihuddin bin POKDGSL Dato Seri Mama Haji Mohd Taha, the Chairman of InfoCom Federation Brunei, Abd Ghani Pg Hj Metussin, Executive Director of Sunlit Advertising Sdn Bhd, Dato Paduka Haji Danial bin Haji Hanafiah, Sunlit's Managing Director, Jackson Ting, and the organiser of the TechXpo 2011.
Following the opening ceremony, the minister went on a tour of the exposition, which features approximately 60 companies from across the Sultanate and other countries including Japan, Malaysia, and Singapore; offering visitors a wide range of IT and IT-related products and services ranging from educational tools and automation systems to healthcare products and domestic appliances.
An array of additional activities on the side have been arranged to fascinate the visitors that comprise all ages. Some of these activities include the `Incrediworld Amazement Park' featuring many attractions designed to entertain and educate; 'Amazing Animal Facts', a gallery of optical illusions.
Visitors can also lose themselves in the hall of mirrors found at the 'Mirror Maze', which is designed to confuse and manipulate visitors into feeling as if they are in an endless maze of twists and turns. In addition, visitors who purchase entrance tickets for this activity are eligible for participation in the lucky draw.
Meanwhile, the e3 Robots also lead to a variety of activities such as the 'Robo Circle', 'Lego Mindstorms' and `RoboRobo' as well as workshops focusing specifically on robot technology.
Despite being open to all, the robot section of the exposition is geared towards attracting students to this latest field of study.
Visitors also have the option to partake in free hands-on computer training sessions offered by TechOne Global and Microsoft, which are facilitated by IT experts and utilises the 100 available computers at the hall.
Also open to members of the public are the daily presentations from exhibitors showcasing their products and services in greater depth and detail.
The TechXpo will see business-matching take place tomorrow (October 29) where trade visitors will be able to meet with their local counterparts with the aim of expanding business networks and forging potential partnerships.
The exposition, which is supported by the Prime Minister's Office, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Communications, the Authority for Info-Communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam and Institut Teknologi Brunei, will come to an end on October 30.
There is no entrance fee for the 10am to lOpm event and for the convenience of visitors there is a shuttle bus service running between the Indoor Stadium and the ICC.
Via: Borneo Bulletin
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