Presidential Office announces nation's top innovation award
CNATAIPEI--An award representing the nation's highest honor for innovation was announced Friday at a press conference at the Presidential Office.
August 11, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
The Presidential Innovation Awards will be bestowed on individuals or teams that have contributed the most in the categories of science and technology, culture, service and talent-nurturing.
Vice Economics Minister Woody Tyzz-jiun Duh said his ministry has been working on implementing the awards since it was instructed to do so by President Ma Ying-jeou last year.
There will be five winners in each category — two individuals, two teams and one individual under 40 years old — each of whom will be given a cash award of NT$2 million (US$66,858).
“The awards are aimed at encouraging domestic talent and teams to pursue innovation and excellence in various fields,” Duh said.
“In this way, we hope to turn Taiwan's efficiency-driven economy into an innovation-driven economy and create a competitive edge for its economic development,” he added.
A committee that will have Economics Minister Chang Chia-juch as its convener will start to accept recommendations for each category of the awards until Nov. 30, Duh said.
The final winners will be selected in March 2014 and Ma will present the awards in June.
Speaking on the same occasion, the president expressed the hope of making the pursuit of innovation into a national campaign.
He cited the example of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who turned New York from a city that had one of the highest crime rates among cities of over 1 million people into a city with one of the lowest.
He noted that one of Giuliani's innovations was to set up a mechanism to review all police units and crime data in New York every Friday in order to root out police inefficiency and corruption. This led to the replacement of 58 police chiefs in 10 months and resulted in an immediate reduction in serious crimes in the city, he said.