Appropriate Technology (AT) is technology that can provide solutions which are not usually patentable to the problems that arise in everyday life, taking into account the particular environmental, social or economic conditions of the community or industry that faces such problems.
The competition has been organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in cooperation with the Trinidad and Tobago Intellectual Property Office (TTIPO) and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO).
This competition is also being held in collaboration with the executing agency The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (UWI STACIE) and supporting partners are the Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI) and Planting Seeds Caribbean (Planting Seeds).
The use of patent information is essential for participation in the competition. Those interested are urged to participate in the workshops that will be held during the competition.
Those interested are urged to participate in the workshops that will be held during the competition from October, 2023 to March, 2024. The date for the launch of the competition is October 10, 2023 with the orientation session on October 10 – 11, 2023.
Please see the following links for more information about the competition:
- Appropriate Technology Competition Brochure
- Guidance on Appropriate Technology Competition
- Competition Rules
- Registration Form
- Orientation Workshop Programme
- The first, second and third place winners will receive a WIPO Certificate and Cash Prize.
- Ten (10) final candidates will receive a Certificate of Excellence.
- All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation.
- Partners will provide training and mentoring.
- The opportunity to pitch to Planting Seeds Caribbean, subject to their agreement.
- A scholarship by the TTIPO to pursue WIPO’s Advance Distance Learning courses on Intellectual Property.
- Entry into CARIRI’s Idea Advisory Service (IAS) and associated benefits subject to relevant criterion.
- The overall winner of the competition will be afforded a scholarship to CARIRI’s Business Hatchery Programme which must be taken up at the first session of such programme following the announcement of the winner.
The Competition’s organizers and partners will undertake the necessary measures to maintain the confidentiality of information submitted by the participant(s). That is, the organizers and partners will not disclose any data contained in the participant’s submission, or use the information in any way, other than what is established in the contest, without prior authorization.