COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2015 event kicks off today
Asia’s largest information and communications technology show COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2015 kicks off today at the Taipei World Trade Center, featuring the Internet of Things (IoT), mobile applications and cloud technology as the themes of the exhibition.
Up to 1,702 exhibitors from 21 countries around the world will showcase their products and services in 5,072 booths. Event sponsors expect that more than 38,000 people will visit the event, which runs June 2 through June 5.
Many companies are making their first appearances at COMPUTEX, including British semiconductor company ARM, Japanese telecommunications company NTT, Chinese consumer electronics company Haier and local semiconductor company ASE Group ( ).
Event organizers Taiwan External Trade Development Council ( TAITRA, ) and Taipei Computer Association (TCA,
) are opening two new exhibition areas this year — Wearable Technology and 3D Business & Applications. There are a total of 18 exhibition areas.
The Booming IoT Industry
According to research company Gartner, more than US$1.9 trillion will be spent on the booming IoT industry, making available 25 billion IoT devices by 2020. COMPUTEX is riding on this new trend, as over 700 exhibitors will be presenting IoT-related technologies.
IoT applications that will be presented at the exhibition include handheld and wearable devices, wireless transmission, cloud technology, smart living and the Internet of Vehicles.
The development of the IoT is also fueling the demand for integrated circuits, known as “the heart of IoT.” This year, COMPUTEX invited global semiconductor companies including Intel, MediaTek ( ), Broadcom, Nvidia and NXP, essentially making it “the gathering place for chips,” said TAITRA Executive Vice President Walter Yeh ( ).
Chang Li ( ), TCA deputy secretary-general, said given Taiwanese firms’ competitiveness and broad reach, they are regarded as ideal partners for global players pursuing IoT technologies.
Winners of COMPUTEX d&i
Visitors will see three concept pavilions at COMPUTEX this year — New X Possibilities, Taiwan Cloud EXPO and Meet the Future. Smart living, smart transportation and secure payment will be featured at New X Possibilities, while best start-up innovations for smart home and smart mobility will be presented at Meet the Future.
In the pre-show press conference held yesterday, 72 products were recognized in the COMPUTEX d&i awards ceremony for their high degree of innovation and exceptional design. Up to 271 entries from 118 companies were in the contest.
Ralph Wiegmann, managing director of iF International Forum Design, was at the press conference to present awards to some of the winners. iF’s judges invested great effort to decide the winners and Wiegmann took the opportunity to express his appreciation.
The winners included Dell and Philips, who entered the competition for the first time this year, and HTC ( ), Acer ( ), Asus (
), AIPTEK ( ) and GIGABYTE ( ). Laptops, headsets, smartphones, and monitors were among the awarded products.
The Opening Ceremony
At today’s COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2015 opening ceremony, President Ma Ying- jeou, Vice Economics Minister Cho Shih-chao ( ), TAITRA Chairman Francis Liang ( ) and TCA President Tung Tsu-hsien ( ) will attend the event to give opening remark.
Charles H. Rivkin, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, is also scheduled to give a short address today.
Winners of two top honors — the COMPUTEX innovation and design gold award, and COMPUTEX d&i awards’ Best Choice Award — will be announced today and awarded by President Ma at the ceremony.
Forum Series at COMPUTEX
A forum series will also be held at COMPUTEX. The Wearable Technology Forum and the Smart City Forum take place today. The Summit Forum and the Cloud Security Forum are scheduled for tomorrow.
The topic of the Summit Forum is “computing without parameters: IoT and the cloud software to hardware — the next step.” Highprofile speakers in the industry such as Acer founder Stan Shih (
), MediaTek CMO Johan Lodenius and ARM CMO Ian Drew will provide keynote speeches.
Executives from Ford, IBM, Intel, Qualcomm, Samsung, SAP and more, will provide their insights in the other three industry forums. Samsung is dispatching its ranking officer to the forum for the very first time, according to TAITRA.
In addition, Intel and Microsoft will hold forums at the exhibition. The former is expected to present its Broadwell processors and a message relating to its Skylake platform. The latter may showcase Windows 10 and its integration with various devices.
Procurement meetings are another big draw for the fiveday event. Hundreds of international buyers will participate in 2,200- plus 1- on- 1 procurement sessions, which is more than dou- ble the number last year.
There are buyers hailing from mainland China, Hong Kong, Romania, Vietnam, Nigeria and Ban- gladesh. Electronics chains and dealers such as Best Buy, STAPLES and Toshiba are among the buyers.
1. iF International Forum Design Managing Director Ralph Wiegmann, third left, poses for a photo with winners of the COMPUTEX d&i awards at the COMPUTEX TAIPEI pre-show press conference, yesterday. 2. Ralph Wiegmann speaks at the COMPUTEX TAIPEI press conference, yesterday. Wiegmann said it was not easy for the judges to figure out the winners. 3. Taiwan External Trade Development Council Executive Vice President Walter Yeh ( ) speaks in Taipei, yesterday. Yeh said the Internet of Things is a major theme of this year’s exhibition. 4. Chang Li ( ), Taipei Computer Association deputy secretary-general, speaks at the press conference, yesterday. Li stressed that Taiwanese firms, with their broad reach and competitiveness, are ideal partners for global players pursuing IoT technologies.