ISLAMABAD (APP) – A national level contest for Best Innovation Awards (BITA) which identifies and promotes new ideas and advancements in Information Technology (IT) has been announced.

It is a competition organized under umbrella of Frontiers of Information Technology (FIT) as upcoming BITA-2015 now encourages thinkers and innovators to bring ideas and possibly get rewarded for mthem.

According to organizers here on Sunday, students and professionals associated with industry so long as they are Pakistani nationals or are serving Pakistan at the time are eligible to apply.

They said any product/project that already holds an award from any other agency or previously presented at BITA will not be eligible. Though, BITA funded products and projects are not kept from seeking grants and awards on other platforms.

The award categories include Industry and Academia. The first identifies such professionals belonging to industry who have significantly contributed to advancement of IT with their services in the past 12 months.
The contribution must be so significant that it should have an impact on the local industry or international research.

Academia category accounts for contributions of students towards the advancement and development of IT. It is befitting of students who have a knack for sighting IT problems as opportunities for them to learn and develop solutions in order to assist those around them.

In addition to being either a Pakistani national or currently serving Pakistan, participants of both categories must have solid proof of concept.

The proposals must be submitted no later than September 21, 2015. The announcements of winners will then take place on November 15.

Finally, the presentation and final evaluation of the proposal will be held from December 14, 2015 to December 16, 2015. The application forms and evaluation criteria are available at BITA website.

The winners of the award can win Rs. 1,000,000 in each category.