Computex 2017 roundup
Building global technology ecosystems.
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.