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COMPUTEX 2017: Bridging global technology ecosystems

By Michael Low - on 29 May 2017, 12:15pm

COMPUTEX 2017: Bridging global technology ecosystems

Li Chang, Deputy Secretary General, TCA, and Walter Yeh, President & CEO, TAITRA.

TAITRA (Taiwan External Trade Development Council) and TCA (Taipei Computer Association) today held a press conference to share a number of interesting anecdotes about the 2017 edition of COMPUTEX Taipei. The five-day annual ICT tradeshow, which starts tomorrow from May 30 to June 3, will be themed around the areas of AI and robotics, IoT applications, innovations and startups, business solutions, as well as gaming and virtual reality (VR).

"COMPUTEX 2017 has attracted the world's leading players and startups in areas from IoT to AI as an all-round event indicative of how next-generation technologies will look like," commented Walter Yeh, President & CEO, TAITRA.

According to TAITRA, the number of pre-registered international buyers and visitors has increased by 10.5 percent compared to last year, with 1,600 exhibitors occupying a total of 5,010 booths this year.  With an aim to 'Build Global Technology Ecosystems', COMPUTEX 2017 will see the return of InnoVEX, a platform where 272 startups and accelerators from 23 countries can showcase their ideas and secure partners through matchmaking activities. Over 100 startups are expected to take part in the pitch contest, where the final winner will be awarded with US$30,000 in cash prize.

Li Chang equates Taiwan to a treasure island of innovations, an apt analogy given Taiwan's eagerness to transform its ICT industry.

Visitors can look forward to more than 100 forums, keynotes and seminars, including Intel's e21FORUM, Microsoft Forum, and NVIDIA's AI Forum in the coming days. Some of the more gaming-centric showcases include the COMPUTEX Modding Challenge – CyberMods competition, G.Skill's OC World Cup extreme overclocking event, and the Zotac Cup Masters eSports tournament.

Ralph Wiegmann, CEO & Managing Director, iF International Design GbmH.

2017 also marks the 10th anniversary of the COMPUTEX d&i awards, which saw the addition of three new categories: AI, IoT, and AR/VR this year. 77 winning products and five gold award winners were selected by a panel of six international judges from a total of 255 products originating from eight countries. These award-winning products will first be displayed at Hall 1 of the Nangang Exhibition Center during COMPUTEX 2017, before they tour to other ICT tradeshows around the world.

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