TAIPEI, Taiwan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--COMPUTEX 2017, the leading global ICT show with a complete supply chain, and IoT and startup ecosystems, held its grand opening ceremony today at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center Hall 1. Chen Jien-jen, Vice President of the Republic of China (Taiwan), and James Huang, chairman of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), kicked-off COMPUTEX 2017 along with senior executives from global high-tech companies.
Joined by 250 VIP guests from Taiwan and abroad, COMPUTEX announced its new positioning, “Building Global Technology Ecosystems,” and emphasized its successful transformation of the show from its former hardware roots over the last two years maintaining its relevance in today’s global ICT industry.
“COMPUTEX is one of the best benchmark events in the global ICT industry. To sync with global industry trends, COMPUTEX sets new themes and topics each year that are also closely aligned with Taiwan’s government policies. For example, the government’s ‘Asia Silicon Valley Development Plan,’ which aims to build an IoT and startup ecosystem, provides a blueprint of how the Taiwanese government will lead and achieve its ambition and determination to make Taiwan the best strategic partner for global high-tech startups,” said Vice President Chen. InnoVEX, the startup exhibit at COMPUTEX, also exemplifies Taiwan’s dedication to startups.
James Huang, Chairman of TAITRA, added, “In response to global ICT industry trends, COMPUTEX repositions itself as ‘Building Global Technology Ecosystems’, focusing on five main themes: AI & Robotics, IoT Applications, Innovations & Startups, Business Solutions, and Gaming & VR. COMPUTEX 2017 attracted 1,600 exhibitors from 26 countries, including key exhibitors such as the AI computing pioneer, NVIDIA; smart car game changer, Tesla; cloud and business solver, Dell; IoT solution providers, Intel and NTT; software provider Microsoft; the high-performance server solution provider, SUPERMICRO; and Socionext, an image and networking focus key player powered by a Fujitsu-Panasonic joint venture. Meanwhile, Taiwanese key exhibitors including Asustek, Acer, Delta Electronics, MSI, GIGABYTE, BenQ, Clevo, Thermaltake, E-Lead and the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) join the exhibition as well. By May 26, the pre-registered international visitors at COMPUTEX 2017 had increased 10.5 percent year over year. Judging from the numbers, COMPUTEX is experiencing a positive response to its new positioning and its mission to weave a deeper connection among global ICT professionals.”
COMPUTEX d&i awards gold winners announced; Dell recognized
Vice President Chen presented the d&i gold awards, rising star award and distinguished contribution awards to the winners during the COMPUTEX opening ceremony. With the rapid development of the global ICT industry, the awards added three new categories this year: AI, IoT and AR/VR. Competitors were more diversified this year, and jurors were so impressed, they expressed it was difficult to make the final decisions.
The 2017 COMPUTEX d&i gold award winners included TM5, Taiwan’s first collaborative robot developed by Techman Robot; Dell’s Inspiron 15 Gaming laptops; CRYORIG TAKU, an innovative combination of a high-end ITX PC case and monitor stand; XPUMP, the world’s smallest smart home theater system from Embrace Audio Lab; and a tubular, air-tight antenna PX Taiwan developed with receiving devices in delta forms. The innovation award was given to Gunitech for its product called Floatfy, a comprehensive buoy incorporating sonar detectors embedded with variable-wave LED, patented rotary fluid mechanics design and smart control capabilities. Distinguished contribution awards were presented to Acer and Thermaltake, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the COMPUTEX d&i awards. All award-winning products will be showcased at Nangang Exhibition Center Hall 1 (Booth No. I0407), and may also be selected to display at major ICT trade shows internationally to showcase their design caliber and extend the international influence of COMPUTEX.
COMPUTEX 2017: 5 themes, 4 featured exhibition areas and 3 competitions
Besides the five main themes mentioned by Huang, COMPUTEX 2017 will also feature four exhibition areas— SmarTEX (IoT solutions in security, automotive electronics, smart home and entertainment, smart tech, and wearables), InnoVEX (the best platform for global startups), Gaming & VR (featuring high-performance gaming and VR products) and iStyle (showcasing Apple MFi-certified peripherals with great design and aesthetic value). These exhibits bring together technology companies from all over the world, along with newly launched products and technologies, unveiling the next generation of global technology ecosystems.
More than 100 keynotes and forums will take place during COMPUTEX 2017 over the next five days. The CPX Conference and the InnoVEX Forum are two highlights. Global ICT professionals will share their insights and perspectives on the industry’s future. Three competitions will be held, including the OC World Cup, COMPUTEX Modding Challenge – CyberMods, and ZOTAC Cup Masters. COMPUTEX 2017 is set to deliver an amazing experience of diversified activities and numerous innovations for international visitors.
The complete list of COMPUTEX d&i awards winners is available here.
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About COMPUTEX TAIPEI (also called COMPUTEX):
Established in 1981, COMPUTEX TAIPEI is the leading global ICT and IoT show with a complete supply chain and ecosystems. Co-organized by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and Taipei Computer Association (TCA), COMPUTEX, based upon Taiwan’s complete ICT clusters, covers the whole spectrum of ICT industry, from established brands to startups and from ICT supply chain to IoT ecosystems. With strong R&D and manufacturing capabilities and IPR protection, Taiwan is a strategic destination for foreign companies and investors looking for partners in global technology ecosystems. Follow COMPUTEX on its website at www.computextaipei.com.tw and on Twitter @computex_taipei using the hashtag #COMPUTEX.
Founded in 1970 to help promote foreign trade, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) is the foremost non-profit trade promotion organization in Taiwan. Jointly sponsored by the government, industry associations, and several commercial organizations, TAITRA assists Taiwan businesses and manufacturers with reinforcing their international competitiveness and in coping with the challenges they face in foreign markets.
TAITRA boasts a well-coordinated trade promotion and information network of over 1,200 trained specialists stationed throughout its Taipei headquarters, four local branch offices in Hsinchu, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung, and 60 overseas branch offices worldwide. Together with its sister organizations, Taiwan Trade Center (TTC) and Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC), TAITRA has created a wealth of trade opportunities through effective promotion strategies.
In addition to organizing trade delegations and providing customized procurement services, TAITRA also hosts more than 35 international trade shows annually in Taipei and in Kaohsiung. In 2016, 11,128 exhibitors and 83,807 international visitors took part in these events.