iCAN 2021: Gold medal award for IIUM innovation project on Orang Asli

By Azimah Zainal

GOMBAK, 23 August 2021: A project named “Jungle School Sustainable Indigenous Community Based Tourism and Outreach Design Innovation Enhancements” has been awarded a gold medal for the innovation category on 27 July recently at the 6th International Invention Innovation Competition (iCAN) 2021 in Canada.

Jungle School Gombak Malaysia (JSGM) in collaboration with International Islamic University Malaysia Jungle School Initiatives (IIUM JSI) and Applied Arts and Designs under Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design (AAD KAED, IIUM) had come together to create community-based tourism activities that are designed for awareness campaign during the pandemic partial lockdown.

The objective of this award-winning project is to ensure continuous educational campaigns be conducted to support the Orang Asli community to outreach the general public.

The 6th International Invention Innovation Competition (iCAN) in Canada 2021, organised by the Toronto International Society of Innovation and Advanced Skills (TISIAS), has been ongoing since 15 January this year as the premier event of Canada for worldwide inventors.

This international competition was conducted virtually.

The three applicants are Assistant Prof. Dr. Norzalifa binti Zainal Abidin, the IIUM JSI flagship leader and founder of JSGM, and also from AAD KAED IIUM, Major (R) Kalam bin Pie, the co-founder and CEO of JSGM, and Nurul Aina Suhaila bt Mohd Niza, the creative editor of JSGM.

In addition, they are also currently the finalist representing Malaysia for additional awards at iCAN 2021.***

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