Computex 2017 roundup

Build­ing global tech­nol­ogy ecosys­tems.

HWM (Malaysia) - - CONTENTS - Text & Photography by Michael Low & John Law

The 2017 edi­tion of Asia’s largest ICT tradeshow re­ported a record­break­ing at­ten­dance of 41,378 in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors from 167 coun­tries. Ac­cord­ing to TAITRA (Tai­wan Ex­ter­nal Trade De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil), COMPUTEX Taipei 2017 – which is co-or­ga­nized by TCA (Taipei Com­puter As­so­ci­a­tion) – recorded the high­est vis­i­tor growth from Thai­land at 30.63 per­cent, fol­lowed by In­done­sia (22.52 per­cent), In­dia (20.86 per­cent), Viet­nam (20.44 per­cent), and Rus­sia (14.81 per­cent).

The suc­cess of COMPUTEX 2017 is largely at­trib­uted to the trans­for­ma­tive ground­work laid by the co-or­ga­niz­ers in the past few years. Un­der the ‘Build­ing Global Tech­nol­ogy Ecosys­tems’ banner, the ICT tradeshow’s key fo­cus ar­eas this year in­clude AI and Robotics, IoT Ap­pli­ca­tions, In­no­va­tions and Star­tups, Busi­ness So­lu­tions, and Gam­ing and VR. Echo­ing the theme are four fea­tured ex­hi­bi­tion ar­eas: the IoT-fo­cused SmarTEX, the startup-based In­noVEX, the high­per­for­mance Gam­ing and VR, as well as iStyle, where Ap­ple MFi-cer­ti­fied so­lu­tions were show­cased.

The three-day In­noVEX Fo­rum – rec­og­nized as Asia’s largest net­work­ing plat­form for star­tups – at­tracted 14,977 vis­i­tors (a 36-per­cent in­crease from last year). Of the 272 star­tups that show­cased their so­lu­tions at In­noVEX, around 100 teams par­tic­i­pated in the In­noVEX Pitch Con­test. Amaryllo was named the grand prize win­ner with a US$30,000 cash prize, while Ad­dweup took home the Fox­conn Tech­nol­ogy Group spe­cial award with a US$10,000 cash prize.

A to­tal of 35 prod­ucts were an­nounced as COMPUTEX’s Best Choice Award 2017 win­ners, with the ASUS Zenbo be­stowed with the cov­eted Best Choice of the Year award for bring­ing to­gether AI and IoT tech­nolo­gies in its de­sign and ap­pli­ca­tion. Acer and Ther­mal­take, on the other hand, were both rec­og­nized with the 2017 d&i dis­tin­guished con­tri­bu­tion awards for 10 years of trans­for­ma­tion in de­sign and in­no­va­tion.

“COMPUTEX has been go­ing through pos­i­tive trans­for­ma­tion in the past two years with fea­tured ex­hibits and fo­rum top­ics in sync with the global tech­nol­ogy trends and main­tain­ing its lead­ing po­si­tion in­ter­na­tion­ally.” Wal­ter Yeh, Pres­i­dent and CEO of TAITRA

The Acer Switch 5.

Acer’s ul­tra-wide Preda­tor Z301CT curved mon­i­tor fea­tures built-in eye track­ing, 200Hz re­fresh rate, and 100-per­cent sRGB cov­er­age.

Ralph Wieg­mann, CEO and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of iF In­ter­na­tional De­sign GbmH with one of 77 re­cip­i­ents of the 2017 d&i awards.

Dr. Chien-Jen Chen, Vice Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic of China (Tai­wan) pre­sented the ‘Best Choice of the Year’ award to ASUS for the Zenbo home robot.

Li Chang (pic­tured right), Deputy Secretary Gen­eral of TCA, with a Su­per­mi­cro rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

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