Taiwan Excellence & COMPUTEX d&i awards Showcasing at CES 2017

Global spotlight will be on CES, which opens on January 5. According to the organizer, CTA, CES is expecting to attract 3,800 exhibitors and over 160,000 visitors, which include 188 Taiwanese exhibitors, account for 5% of the total exhibitors. This edition of CES focuses on unmanned vehicles, AI and startups. Key exhibitors include Bosch, Intel, LG, Microsoft, NVIDIA, NXP, Panasonic, Qualcomm, Samsung, Sony, Toyota, Huawei, ZTE, Hisense, Haier, and so on.


The Executive Vice President of Taiwan External Trade and Development Council (TAITRA), Mr. Walter Yeh, took advantage of this global technology event, held a press conference on January 4 for "Innovations on Taiwan ICT Industry", which successfully promoted COMPUTEX and Taiwan Excellence. In addition, TAITRA integrated internal resources, set up three theme pavilions: COMPUTEX d&i awards Display Pavilion, Taiwan Excellence Pavilion, and Taiwan Pavilion, showcasing Taiwan’s outstanding ICT innovations and strengths across CES. The press conference attracted close to 100 media representatives from 11 countries. Major media outlets include Hardware Upgrade from Italy, Prohardver from Hungry, Boletin De la Computacion from Mexico, from Russia, Channel Media Europe and more. For the first time, the press conference was synchronized in multimedia platform and broadcasted live. For those who were unable to attend, first-hand information was able to be obtained online in real time. This press conference attracted more than 20,000 viewers watching online.


During the press conference, Mr. Walter Yeh indicated that the ICT industry of Taiwan includes a complete supply chain, from upstream to downstream, excellent research and development capabilities and perfect startup ecosystems. In the development of global ICT industry, Taiwan has always played an important role throughout the history. COMPUTEX, organized by TAITRA, is the best platform to fully present Taiwan’s competitiveness in the global ICT industry. COMPUTEX 2016 started a transformation, repositioning itself with: "Building Global Technology Ecosystem". A successful transition attracted 1,602 exhibitors, using more than 5,000 booths and received more than 40,000 international buyers from 178 countries, a 4.7% growth from 2015. And to response to IoT applications and the startup trend, COMPUTEX 2016 launched "SmarTEX" and "InnoVEX" exhibiting areas with great show results for both exhibitors and visitors.


COMPUTEX 2017 will continue on this success and focus on AI & robotics, innovations and startups, IoT applications, business solutions, and gaming & VR. Exhibiting companies include Intel, Microsoft, and Supermicro from the USA. Socionext from Japan, ABB from Switzerland , ARM from UK, Micronics from South Korea, Hisense from China and Acer, Asus, Adata, ASRock, BenQ, Clevo, Cooler Master, Gigabyte, G. Skill, ECS, In win, MSI, Thermaltake, MediaTek, Delta, Realtek Semiconductor and more. In addition to product showcase, COMPUTEX 2017 will also open with multiple activities, including international press conferences, opening ceremony, forums and seminars, startup pitches and demos, COMPUTEX d&i awards, B-to-B procurement meetings and more.


Mr. Aymerik Renard, Director of Western Digital Capital, was invited to the press conference. As a VC and witness, he shared his point of view on what he saw at COMPUTEX as well as its innovations and achievements. He indicated there were many great activities and events during COMPUTEX, providing networking opportunities for startup companies as well as visitors, investors and manufacturers. He was simply amazed at the capabilities of the startups that he saw at the InnoVEX exhibit.


In addition, ASUS, KYMCO, ITRI, Delta, and Thermaltake were invited to the press conference to share their latest innovations and technologies. ASUS presented the all-new ZenFone AR and ZenFone 3 Zoom smartphones. Zenfone AR is the world’s first smartphone to support Tang and Daydream. ITRI presented robotic visual system and innovative unmanned vehicle technology with cloud monitoring and speedy deploy. KYMCO presented Noodoe, IOV system for motorcycles. Delta presented NovoPRO, a wireless presentation and collaboration system, which is the one and only leading development technology globally. Thermaltake challenged the extreme with its wall-mounted ATX case with tempered glass edition, fully upgrading players’ experiences. All flashlights were on these outstanding products.


International research and advisory company, Gartner, predicts that by 2017, 50 percent of Internet of Things solutions will originate in startups that are less than three years old. CES focuses on startups issues and established the Eureka Park for startups, attracting well-known startup accelerators to set up country pavilions which include La French Tech, Export Institute from Israel, StartupDelta from the Netherlands and more. Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands personally led more than 20 startups to participate, showing the support for their enterprises. TAITRA, as the organizer of COMPUTEX, invited StartupDelta to participate InnoVEX at COMPUTEX 2017.


InnoVEX, exhibiting area for innovative startups was first set up at COMPUTEX 2016. Achievement for the first year was clearly visible with 217 startups from 22 countries participating. Mr. Walter Yeh stressed during the press conference, Taiwan offers all kinds of advantages and friendly environment for startups: a complete ICT supply chain, R&D capabilities, intellectual property rights protection, entrepreneurial environment and atmosphere, policy resources, entrepreneur visa, reasonable living costs, and other aspects that are better than other Asian countries. COMPUTEX 2017 will continue to provide the best platform for startups to source for supply chain partners and raise funds. All startups established from 2012 are welcome to join COMPUTEX.


At CES 2017, the display of COMPUTEX d&i awards and Taiwan Excellence are placed at the LVCC South Hall 1. The showcase of Taiwan Excellence includes 13 superior Taiwan brands and their 42 products comprise of the latest mobile and smart devices, drones, robots, gaming zone and 3D printing. COMPUTEX d&i awards present a total of 87 award winning products in the categories of gaming devices, network communications, computer hardware, audio and video peripherals and accessories and more. Echoing the 2017 COMPUTEX main themes, new categories such as "Robots & AI", "IoT" and "AR/VR Devices + Content" are added to the awards competition. In order to help Taiwanese companies seize the opportunities in the consumer electronics industry, TAITRA has also organized Taiwan Pavilion at the Sands Expo. It includes a total of 26 Taiwanese companies, displaying sensors, capacitors, relays, LCD modules, GPS tracking devices, audio/visual equipment, smart medical, and smart home products, unveiling the innovations & creativities of Taiwan ICT industry.


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