Winners of innovative technology award in response to Covid-19
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Marc Anthony Azzopardi on behalf of the Department for Engineering for Electronic Services has won the Award for Innovative Technology in response to Covid-19. Second-placed was David Sciberras on behalf of the Invent 3D company. They were both among 23 entrants for this award launched by the Malta Authority for Digital Innovation to encourage local people to develop various technologies to help the country fight the pandemic.
The winning award was for the creation of a UVGI Mask/Respirator Decontaminator aimed at workers in the health sector.
The second award was linked to development of three-dimensional printing with equipment used with modern systems of filtration to improve air circulation. Mr Sciberras and his team implemented this project in collaboration with the Central Supplies and Procurement Unit within the Health Ministry and the Infections Department at Mater Dei Hospital.
Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services and the Digital Economy Clayton Bartolo, who presented the awards, stated that the country’s talent in the digital sector continued to emerge through this programme. He added that it is important to prepare the country for the future by increasing efforts in favour of initiatives involving innovation.
The Parliamentary Secretary further stated that the vision for a Digital Malta includes a diverse economy based on technology and innovation. In this project, local skills in this sector have to be central to efforts towards making the country a technological centre at international level.