Acer foun­da­tion to hold fo­rums to pro­mote IoT

The China Post - - TAIWAN BUSINESS -

Stan Shih ( ) , founder of Tai­wan’s per­sonal com­puter maker Acer ( ) , said that a foun­da­tion he plans to es­tab­lish with Euro­pean com­pa­nies will hold a fo­rum in Ber­lin on Thurs­day, April 16 and an­other one in Taipei on June 1 to pro­mote the devel­op­ment of the In­ter­net of Things ( IoT,

). The Stans Foun­da­tion will form the Wang­dao Al­liance with high tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies in Tai­wan and Europe to col­lab­o­rate on IoT devel­op­ment, start­ing with the ExA Sum­mit, Shih said.

“Wang­dao”, a phi­los­o­phy ad­vo­cated by Con­fu­cian­ism, refers to us­ing the most right­eous and kind way to do thing well.

He said he hopes that through the ExA Sum­mit, a Wang­dao plat­form that aims to fa­cil­i­tate col­lab­o­ra­tion among IoT prises will be es­tab­lished.

The col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween IoT ven­dors in Europe and Asia is ex­pected to ex­pand to the world, giv­ing Ber­lin sta­tus as Europe’s Sil­i­con Val­ley, and Taipei as Asia’s Sil­i­con Val­ley, Shih said.

In a bid to build a pros­per­ous ecosys­tem for the IoT, the ExA Sum­mit in Ber­lin will bring to­gether 100 Euro­pean and Tai­wanese rep­re­sen­ta­tives from IoTre­lated in­dus­tries, cap­i­tal ven­ture firms, and the aca­demic and gov­ern­ment sec­tors to iden­tify and dis­cuss com­mon in­ter­ests, and cat­alyze po­ten­tial syn­er­gies, ac­cord­ing to Shih.

About 30 Tai­wanese rep­re­sen­ta­tives have been in­vited to at­tend the Ber­lin sum­mit, while the Taipei event is ex­pected to gather 70 lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tives.


In ad­di­tion to the Stans Foun­da­tion, Acer, Tai­wan Semi­con­duc­tor Man­u­fac­tur­ing Co. (TSMC,

), Me­di­aTek ( ), Chunghwa Tele­com ( ) and Na­tional Chiao Tung Uni­ver­sity (

) will take part in and spon­sor re­lated events. The Min­istry of Eco­nomic Af­fairs will also help or­ga­nize some of the ac­tiv­i­ties.

The Stans Foun­da­tion will also pro­vide fi­nan­cial spon­sor­ship for six new Tai­wanese IoT teams to at­tend the Ber­lin sum­mit, as part of an ef­fort to ex­plore op­por­tu­ni­ties for Tai­wan’s young peo­ple in the de­vel­op­ing IoT sec­tor, Shih said.

Par­tic­i­pants in the Ber­lin event will ex­change views on three core is­sues re­lated to IoT devel­op­ment — tal­ent, fund­ing and pro­duc­tion — through key­note speeches, dis­cus­sions and brief­ings, Shih said.

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