Computex 2017 steps up its game, sets sights on creating an Asian Silicon Valley
Over 1,600 exhibitors and a total of 5,010 booths are set to fire up the select exhibition halls and show floors at the much-anticipated Computex 2017 happening in Taipei, Taiwan from May 30 to June 3. Co-organized by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and Taipei Computer Association (TCA), this year’s Computex experienced a 10.5% increase in terms of number of registered buyers and visitors from different parts of the world, indicating the continuing growth of the global technology ecosystem.
Embarking on the theme “Build Global Technology Ecosystems,” this year’s Computex focuses on five themes: Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics, IoT Applications, Innovations and Startups, Business Solutions, and Gaming and Virtual Reality (VR). These themes are echoed through the four featured exhibition areas, namely SmarTEX (features five major IoT applications), InnoVEX (the world’s best platform for global startups), Gaming and VR (high-performance gaming and VR products), and iStyle (focuses on Apple MFi-certified peripherals with great design and aesthetic value).
In line with InnoVEX is one of the most ambitious visions of Computex that gears toward the creation of the Asian Silicon Valley in Taiwan. Rounding up a total of 272 startups, accelerators, and incubation centers from 23 countries and territories this year, including China, Denmark, France, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and the United States, InnoVEX is has become the largest startup platform in Asia. Organizers hope that this initiative will keep the momentum for hardware and software integration alive, and encourage startup to take root in Taiwan.
On the gaming front, Computex is taking center stage as it holds several competitions and activities, namely the OC World Cup, Computex Modding Challenge – Cybermods, and the Zotac Cup Masters. In addition, TAITRA is also making Computex as a perfect opportunity to highlight the latest in VR technology by collaborating with the National Palace Museum for the first time. Computex visitors will experience the beauty of oriental culture and arts by utilizing immersive VR technology.