Taiwan’s Record for Innovation Attracts International Conferences

Year after year Taiwan proves its value both to expats who voted the island as the best place to live and to meeting planners who recognise its value when hosting international conferences.

Enjoying one of the best public healthcare systems, high safety numbers and cost-effectiveness, Taiwan has made great strides in accessibility as well as infrastructure. Direct flights from around the globe give way to local transportation, where the high-speed train comes into play, and technologically advanced convention centres cover the needs of any type of business meeting—all under the wide umbrella of MEET TAIWAN.

Strong Science & Technology Presence

What gives the country a competitive edge for receiving business events is that Taiwan is now one of the region’s most dynamic economies, with industry specialties in IT, communications, semiconductors and bicycles.

As a matter of fact, the island remains among the world’s leading producers of the ICT industry via policies prioritising promotion of the local smart technology sector and involvement in projects like the Asian Silicon Valley Development Plan. Heavy government-driven and foreign investment assists Taiwan firms with venturing into full-of-potential areas like artificial intelligence, blockchain, fifth-generation telecommunication technology, gaming, Internet of Things (IoT) and virtual reality.

Bolstering such progress are the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI, pictured) and the Institute for Information Industry (III). They provide platforms for digital transformation and have been integral during the establishment of several now internationally prominent companies, such as the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and United Microelectronics Corp.

Taiwan’s major advantage are its three science-based industrial parks: the Hsinchu Science Park in northern Taiwan, Central Taiwan Science Park in Taichung, and Southern Taiwan Science Park in Tainan. These represent an educational base of operations for the country’s high-tech industries.

From manufacturing to R&D facilities, and a strong talent pool from top universities, the science parks provide all-inclusive services for companies, hence fortify stronger industry clusters throughout Taiwan. While the tech hardware produced in all three parks is of a varied assortment, each park has its own areas of specialty. The Hsinchu Science Park focuses on semiconductors and optoelectronics, the Central Taiwan Science Park on precision machinery and optoelectronics, and the Southern Taiwan Science Park on medical devices and green energy.

An Appealing Destination for ICT Conferences

Resulting from such progressive projects, like-minded conferences pile up in the list of events organised in Taiwan. COMPUTEX TAIPEI, the leading global ICT and IoT show, took place earlier this month in Taipei, attracting 42,495 international buyers from 171 countries. The five-day tradeshow connects businesses along industry supply chains and opens up infinite possibilities in the tech ecosystem. Taiwan is the centre of innovative applications driven by advancements in AI, IoT, and 5G, plus the technologies that process a massive amount of data and high-performance computing which will drive global growth of the sector in the future.

Web Conference 2020 is planned for April 20–24, when more than 60% of the world’s population will be connected. To be held in the Taipei International Convention Center (TICC) with an estimated attendance of 1,500 people, the conference will be hosted by Academia Sinica. Three keynote speakers and various research tracks, workshops, tutorials, a Ph.D. consortium, as well as several theme-based tracks will be introduced, such as AIoT (AI+IoT+5G), History of Web, The Intelligent Web, The Web Renovation, and The Asia Silicon Valley Plan. The event will bring together some of the most prominent and influential researchers, developers, policymakers, and thinkers in the areas of big data, artificial intelligence, healthcare, computer science, computational social science, public policy, law, and human rights.

In the same light, and the same year, Taipei City’s advanced technological connectivity attracted the IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM) to be held this coming December 7–11. Expecting over 2,000 scientific researchers and their proposals for program sessions to be held at the annual conference, the three-day conference will feature an extensive exchange of knowledge to provide users with information regarding high-speed, seamless and cost-effective global telecommunications services.

More information: www.meettaiwan.com

Organized by Bureau of Foreign Trade, MOEA / Taiwan External Trade Development Council / Ad. by Bureau of Foreign Trade, MOEA

This article was written by Boardroom Digital Editor Vicky KoffaThe right to use, part or all of it in subsequent works has to be granted by the Publisher.

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