VR-Zone.com is over in Taipei for the COMPUTEX 2010 Pre-Show International Press Conference. Here at Taipei International Convention Center (TICC), we would find out more about the latest trends driving ICT development in Taiwan.
30 March 2010 - VR-Zone.com is over in Taipei for the COMPUTEX 2010 Pre-show International Press Conference. The annual COMPUTEX tradeshow is the de-facto Information Communications Technology (ICT) tradeshow attended by global businesses and media. We arrived at Taipei International Convention Center (TICC) to find out more about the latest trends driving ICT development in Taiwan. Of course we were also there to find out about the directions of the upcoming COMPUTEX 2010, scheduled for 1 June to 5 June.
We were not the only ones present at the event; invited were other print and web publications from Taiwan and overseas. The speakers addressing the crowd were Mr Moses Yen (Executive Director, Exhibition Dept, Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA)), Mr Li Chang (Deputy Secretary General, Taipei Computer Association (TCA)), and Mr. Jack Chang (Deputy General Director, Industrial Economics & Knowledge Center, Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI)).
First up was Mr Moses Yen, who was happy to point out that procurement at COMPUTEX 2009 generated 700 million dollars in business. He also confirmed that COMPUTEX will again be held at two separate locations, Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC) and Nangang Exhibition Hall (TWTC Nangang). The train station in TWTC Nangang is finally opened after so long.
Mr Moses Yen is confident that once again, COMPUTEX will be the one-stop platform for ICT businesses in and out of Taiwan to get together in a global fashion. Taking over the microphone was Mr Li Chang.
Mr Li Chang summarised the industry trends into four pointers; cloud computing, 3D display, e-reading, and Android devices. This gives us a brief preview of what the Taiwan ICT industry wants to show us in the upcoming COMPUTEX. Noting that global recession has turned for the better, Mr Li Chang peppered the screen with no less than 6 oddly different smileys:
In case you were wondering how much impact from the global recession that COMPUTEX 2009 suffered, Mr Li Chang pointed out that this year’s exhibitors far exceed last year’s number. As much as 300 exhibitors had to be put on the waiting list for the COMPUTEX 2010 tradeshow. Those who have noticed the “COMPUTEX Sweetie” icon in the previous pictures would know that this year’s COMPUTEX is somewhat more special than the rest. COMPUTEX 2010 marks the 30th installment of the tradeshow since its 1981 inception.
According to Mr Li Chang, Taiwan aims to be the global e-book powerhouse; a mean feat given that the product operates under “different game rules.” For the purpose of COMPUTEX 2010, Mr Li Chang also announced that there would be a demonstration to showcase the use of WiMax for emergency health applications. Next up was the keynote speech by Dr Jack Chang.