Invention, Innovation & Design Exposition 2017 (IIDEX 2017) is an annual International Exhibition and Competition organized by University Technology Mara (UiTM) on 25th – 29th September 2017. IIDEX 2017 with an event theme “Innovate to Inspire” was an event to encourage innovation culture among students and researchers and it encourages collaboration between academia and industries. It is a platform for researchers, industries, academics, students as well as practitioners to unleash brilliant new ideas as well as to showcase their inventions and explore the opportunities of commercialization. The exhibition was grouped into three entry categories: Inventor for staffs, Young Inventor for undergraduate or postgraduate students and Junior Inventor for school students. The competition held under three categories: Invention, Innovation and Design. Students from various higher learning institutions, researchers and staff from various universities and industries were participated in this exhibition. Four projects from Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) have been presented in IIDEX 2017 under inventor and young inventor categories. Lead by Dr. Aslina Baharum, we as staff (Ms. Nor Daliela Mohd. Rusli) and students (Punitha a/p Turumugon & Aaron Frederick Bulagang) representing UMS joined and gained a great experience by demonstrating our projects as IIDEX nurtures creativity and innovation thinkers amongst researchers as well as safeguard the Intellectual Property (IP) right of our invention or design. We also have explored the opportunities of commercialization and also explored outstanding inventions and designs produced by other researchers. We have presented two projects entitled LED i-Court and Smart Housing Life: Plantino App under invention category. Whereas, a project entitled A User Interface Web Design Guideline for Higher Learning Institutions Using Kansei Engineering was displayed under design category and Music Mood Application: DeMuse under innovation category. We were provided with individual booth to display our projects. We displayed our project with banner, banting and flyers. We have won 1 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze awards. It was a great platform for us to show our ideas and talents and we had a great experience. UMS should participate annually in this international and exhibition competition as it encourages staffs and students to present their invention, innovation and design ideas and stimulates collaboration among researchers, academia and industries.
Dr. Aslina Baharum taking a Gold award at the closing ceremony of IIDEX 2017 at UiTM Shah Alam
The UMS team. From right, the team leader, Dr. Aslina Baharum, Ms. Nordaliela Mohd. Rusli, Punitha a/p Turumugon and Aaron Frederick Bulagang.