US, local officials stress ICT at COMPUTEX
At the COMPUTEX Taipei 2015 opening ceremony held yesterday, government officials of Taiwan and the U.S. stressed the important role information and communication technology (ICT) plays in the digital economy while affirming the two nations’ ongoing collaboration in the field.
A wave of new technologies has emerged in the last couple of years, rendering electronic devices smarter and the Internet of Things more universal as a result, said Taipei Computer Association President Tung Tsu-hsien ( ) in his opening address.
The IT industry has brought Taiwan closer with the rest of the world, and the annual COMPUTEX exhibition is essentially “the window of Taiwan’s IT industry,” Tung said.
Francis Liang ( ), chairman of Taiwan External Trade Development Council, said the U.S. is a major market for Taiwan’s ICT exports, and that he looked forward to greater collaboration between the two countries’ ICT industries.
Charles H. Rivkin, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, also attended the opening ceremony. Taiwan is committed, ready, and well positioned to maintain its regional and global influence in the digital economy, Rivkin said.
Pledge of Cooperation
In recognition of Taiwan as an important U.S. ally, the two countries will hold the Digital Economy Forum later this year. It will be participated in by the government, academia and civic societies.
The high-profile official pointed to the pivotal role that technology plays in our lives. “The digital economy is no longer just one part of the traditional economy; it is the economy.” It transforms the way we do everything, he said.
Vice Economics Minister Cho Shih- chao ( ) said in his opening address that Taiwan and the U.S.’s collaboration on ICTrelated research and development plays a critical role on the world stage.
The rapid advances in ICT, zero tariffs on ICT products in major markets around the world, as well as the wide application of the Internet have fueled the digital economy’s development. It is reflected in COMPUTEX’s growing size and ever-changing themes over the years, Cho said.
COMPUTEX Top Award Winners
Winners of two top honors — the COMPUTEX Gold Awards and Best Choice Awards — were announced yesterday at the opening ceremony. They were the top picks out of 271 entries from 118 countries.
Winners of the Gold Awards were the Dell XPS 13’’ laptop, smanos K1 SmartHome Kit, Digital Signage X, Alienware Area 51 gaming PC and X series curved TV.
They were selected by judges for their superior design, craftsmanship and good ergonomics, among other criteria, and will be displayed at Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall (Booth No. IO407) during the exhibition.
Among the nine winners of the COMPUTEX Best Choice Award, the top prize — Best Choice of the Year — went to Acer’s Revo One. A home entertainment mini PC, Revo One has a stylish appearance, a 4K2K HD screen and has six terabytes of storage capacity. A smartphone can serve as a remote control for the PC.
1. Visitors swarm COMPUTEX Taipei 2015 at the Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall, yesterday. Up to 1,702 exhibitors are showcasing their products and services at 5,072 booths. Event sponsors expect that more than 38,000 people will visit the event, which runs through June 5. 2. From left to right, Vice Economics Minister Cho Shih-chao ( ), U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Charles H. Rivkin, Taiwan External Trade Development Council Chairman Francis Liang ( ), President Ma Ying-jeou and Taipei Computer Association President Tung Tsu-hsien ( ), pose for a photo at the COMPUTEX Taipei opening ceremony, yesterday. 3. The booth of DayStar Electric Technology Co. is shown in this picture taken at COMPUTEX Taipei 2015, yesterday. In addition to providing display panels, the company is actively pursuing Internet of Things technology by connecting various devices via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.