TAIPEI - Computex Taipei 2016, one of the largest information and communication technology (ICT) shows in the world, will kick off on May 31, featuring new innovations and start-ups for the first time in the exhibition’s history.
The world has recently seen greater entrepreneurial endevours. A study shows venture capital funds jumped 95 per cent over the past two to three years.
To get onboard with global innovation, this year Computex will showcase InnoVEX - an exchange platform for new ventures, entrepreneurs and startup companies in the ICT industry.
Known for its innovation talent, Taiwan was ranked No. 1 in Asia and No. 6 in the world in the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship & Development Index. Through Computex, the world may greater access to Taiwan’s creative hubs, said event sponsor Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA).
InnoVEX, to be held at the Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall 3, will gather 170 startup teams from 20 countries around the world, including the US, Japan, South Korea, Britain, Italy, India and Demark.
Among the featured technologies at InnoVEX will be the Internet of Things, smart devices, artificial intelligence, e-commerce and 3D printing.
Besides product and service demo, the exhibit will serve as a mechanism to match startups with international angel investors, potential buyers and technology partners.
1,600 exhibitors from around the world
This year Computex charges itself with the mission of “constructing the world’s technology ecosystem,” the event organiser said. There will be 1,600 exhibitors hailing from 29 countries/regions, pitching products and services in over 5,000 exhibit booths. The show will run through June 4, but InnoVex will end earlier, on June 2.
During yesterday’s Computex press event, TAITRA executive vice president Walter Yeh pointed out that both the public and private sectors are contributing resources to help venture businesses thrive. Taiwan’s innovative drive has been recognised by its neighbours Japan and South Korea, Yeh said, adding that the island may be called “the Silicon Valley of Asia.”
Hopefully, Computex can serve as an exchange platform as well as an important base for entrepreneurs, Yeh added.
Technology forums and contest
Global venture capitalist firms like 500 Startups, Acorn Pacific Ventures and Click Ventures are expected to attend the event and share their views on the latest industry trends.
There will also be forums on Silicon Valley’s startup trend, virtual reality and driverless vehicles. Keynote speakers include Simon Segars, CEO of ARM, Erdal Elver, president of Siemens Taiwan, and Rahul Patel, SVP & General Manager of Connectivity, Qualcomm, among others.
An innovation competition on consumer technology, e-commerce, financial technology, heath tech, etc. will also be held with a top prize of US$30,000.