COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2016 exhibited from May 31st to June 4th and featured four main themes: IoT Applications, Business Solutions, Innovation and Startups, and Gaming.
Taiwan President Tsai (center) attended COMPUTEX Taipei, taking a photo with TAITRA Chairman Francis Kuo-Hsin Liang (5th from left), Taipei Computer Association President T.H. Tung (5th from right), and distinguished guests.
Taiwan President Tsai stated in the opening ceremony on May 31st that COMPUTEX represents the strength of Taiwan’s ICT industry, and that the government will soon set an Asian Silicon Valley Project into action to create a convenient and friendly environment to attract talented people and integrate resources towards accelerating the promotion of industrial upgrades and transformation.
This year, COMPUTEX brought together global tech-giants such as ABB, Acer, Asus, Audi, BenQ, Cooler Master, MSI, Samsung, Siemens, and Mercedes-Benz; a total of 1,602 domestic and foreign companies used about 5,009 booth spaces, and up to 23% were first-time exhibitors. The five-day show attracted 40,969 ICT professionals (+4.7%) from 177 countries (+9%).
The debut of InnoVEX, an exhibition for innovations and startups, successfully infused a new dynamic into COMPUTEX. 217 startup teams from around the world and 25 world-class award-winning teams contributed their creativity and energy to attract 10,975 visitors in only 3 days, making COMPUTEX’s efforts a breakthrough success. In the first-time held “InnoVEX Innovation Pitch Contest”, the winner was MoBagel, the only team from Taiwan selected in 500 Startups accelerator of 2015.
“Gaming” was a brand new theme for COMPUTEX this year. For the first time, COMPUTEX collaborated with the world’s largest overclocking platform, HWBOT, to hold a debut event, HWBOT OC World Tour 2016. According to HWBOT, due to the quality gaming hardware provided by Taiwanese manufacturers and COMPUTEX’s established reputation, the debut event successfully attracted the greatest amount of overclocking masters ever to participate.
The CPX Forum invited international experts, including the innovative designer of the Milan Expo and world famous futurist—Vito di Bari; the VP of ABB Group—Steve Wyatt; and the founder and CEO of HWTrek—Lucas Wang, to deliver speeches about the Future of Technology and Smart Manufacturing, plus share their take on different industry and IoT development trends. During COMPUTEX, Intel announced a partnership with Foxconn to develop multiple network infrastructure technology, which shows that focusing on IoT at this exhibition has been recognized by most major corporations.
After the exhibition, Walter Yeh, Executive VP of TAITRA, said, “2016 COMPUTEX has upgraded through exhibitions, forums, and exchanging thoughts to build a global technology system. COMPUTEX 2017 will focus more on innovative technologies such as AI, VR, AR, and smart manufacturing to promote Taiwan’s influences in the ICT industry.”