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Mar
22

2019 SCSE Sets Record for Overseas Visitors

The 6th Smart City Summit and Expo (SCSE) once again poduced outstanding results! A total of nearly 1,700 overseas visitors from 42 countries and regions participated. Among them, 128 mayors and delegates led 276 city government delegations to the Smart City Mayors Summit on March 26 hosted by the mayor of Taipei, Wen-Je Ko. They also attended a launch for the Global Organization of Smart Cities (GO SMART) on the 27th. The number of visitors from international cities to Taiwan has already broken previous records. It is expected that the large-scale smart city exchange among mayors of major international cities will lead to closer cooperation between Taiwan and other international cities. Overseas Businessmen Up 30% In addition to city delegations, Hungary, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, and other countries sent large trade delegations to hold bilateral meetings on economic and trade cooperation with their mayors present in Taiwan. Also, IT associations from Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, and India sent business delegations to Taiwan. The number of overseas visitors exceeded 2,000, a 30% increase from the year before. The first Global System Integrator Conference, organized by the Industrial Development Bureau of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, invited more than 150 system integrators for exchange and procurement in Taiwan to expand MICE business opportunities. The ever-increasing number of overseas businessmen has turned SCSE into Taiwan’s up-and-coming international exhibition, contributing to the realization of making Taiwan a major supplier of smart city solutions. The 2019 SCSE was held in Nangang Exhibition Hall 1 during March 26–29. This year, a total of 337 domestic and foreign exhibitors occupied 1,250 booths, an increase of nearly 20% from the previous year. Sixty-six sessions of professional forums took place during the exhibition (one session is half a day), forty-three (65%) of which were held in English. These can lead to more international cooperation with up to 19,000 participants in attendance. The exhibition attracted more than 33,000 professionals from Taiwan and abroad. Conference Theme AI x IoT x Smart City As artificial intelligence (AI) matures, its application can provide smart services from the city government. The theme of this year’s exhibition was AIoT Invigorates Smart City. The integrated applications of AI and IoT can lead to upgrades of Smart City 2.0. The conference organized an [AI 50] event especially for this theme where the world’s quality AI startups for the next five years were selected and recommended to Taiwanese businesses. Business matchmaking was used to speed up AI applications in different industries. A total of 52 startups from 19 countries registered for this year’s event, 18 of which decided to register after receiving recommendations from accelerators or venture capitalists. In the end, AI applications provided by 36 startups from 15 countries were selected. Their creative contents were on display in the [AI‧50] Pavilion. Startup founders and technical directors from all over the world attended the summit to share their experiences. The event was Asia’s largest AI application exchange, and AI will be quickly spread to all areas of smart cities as a result. In addition, a Smart Hospital Superintendent Conference was held in the form of an industry strategic meeting. The exchange and cooperation between hospitals and ICT industries that resulted from the annual event will accelerate the development of Taiwan’s smart healthcare industry. The theme of the second conference was Creating Efficient Healthcare Organization with AI Application. Vice Superintendent Shih-An Chen of Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Superintendent Mu-Kuan Chen of Changhua Christian Hospital, Chief Executive Chun-Sheng Ho of Advantech, and Chief Executive Officer Sheng-Wei Chen of Taiwan AI Academy were invited to make introductory remarks. Nearly 50 superintendents and vice superintendents from Taiwan’s hospitals, along with 30 leaders in tech companies, attended and joined the discussion. Cross-Domain Application of IoT Four sub-expos were held concurrently with SCSE: Smart Healthcare Expo, Smart Education Expo, Intelligent Building Expo (IBE Taipei), and Intelligent Transportation System Expo (ITS Taiwan), the last of which was added this year. The Smart Healthcare Expo (SHE) was jointly organized by the Joint Commission of Taiwan and the Taipei Computer Association. This year’s exhibition featured two key activities: 1.    Smart Hospital Superintendent Conference: 50 hospital superintendents and vice superintendents from Taiwan and abroad, as well as 30 leaders in tech companies, were invited to discuss Creating Efficient Healthcare Organization with AI Application under the format of a strategic meeting. This promoted further bilateral cooperation and will lead to rapid development of Taiwan’s smart healthcare industry. 2.    Presentation of Smart Healthcare Scenarios: Technologies and products from 16 companies such as Imedtac, Stipendiary, and Golden Smart Home Technology were used to showcase three patient care solutions outside of the hospital. These included home care, smart community care, and AI precision healthcare. This interactive zone was a highlight at the conference again. The Intelligent Building Expo (IBE Taipei) was co-hosted by the Taiwan Intelligent Building Association (TIBA) and Taipei Computer Association, with the Architecture and Building Institute, Ministry of Interior in an advisory role. It was sponsored by the Material and Chemical Research Laboratories from ITRI and the Smart Architecture and Building Center. The rapid development of IoT and AI in recent years has become a foundation for the next generation of smart buildings. With these development trends in mind, members of the Asia Pacific Intelligent Green Building Alliance (APIGBA) were invited to organize an Intelligent Green Building International Forum in Taiwan. Leading businesses in intelligent buildings from Taiwan and abroad were also invited to showcase themselves. The Smart Education Expo was co-hosted by the Digital Talent Cultivation Center and Taipei Computer Association. The theme of this year’s event was Learning Without Borders, with more than 100 overseas education experts to share their experiences from their respective countries during citizens’ digital transformation. This conference presented the progress of three smart campus applications from 14 Taiwanese companies: smart classroom, smart library, and interactive teaching. Complete solutions were also showcased, which served as a reference for education officials and experts from other countries that were interested in developing smart campuses. This interactive area was a highlight this year. The Intelligent Transportation System Expo (ITS Taiwan) was held for the first time this year, with the Ministry of Transportation and Communications as an advisor. The Intelligent Transportation Society (ITS Taiwan) and Taipei Computer Association co-hosted Global Trends in Smart Transportation & Mobility and co-managed the Taiwan ITS Vision Pavilion. In addition, eight companies worked together to plan solutions for smart management of vehicle logistics, smart bus stops, and smart loading. With the release of electric scooters, global leader KYMCO designed a complete charging management system for electric scooters and vehicles. The cloud-based solution will be an important part of the development of smart green cities and was recommended to visiting mayors. Source: Smart City Summit & Expo

Mar
04

Opening Video_Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Hall 2 & Taipei International Machine Tool Show 2019

Co-hosted by TAITRA and the Taiwan Machinery Industry Association, the ‘2019 Taipei International Machine Tool Show (TIMTOS)’ will take place March 4-9, at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center Hall 1&2, and TWTC Hall 1&3. The six-day show, the largest in TIMTOS’ history and the third largest of its kind in the world, will gather 1,230 exhibitors and bring to life 7,000 booths – the greatest number of booths ever used in Taiwan, as well as welcome 7,500 international buyers and 52,700 Taiwanese industry visitors. TIMTOS is the first international show to take place at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Hall 2 (TaiNEX 2). The much anticipated TaiNEX 2, which passed Taiwan’s first Green Building Gold Label, has a total floor area of 156,700 sq. m2 and capacity of up to 32,000 people. TIMTOS will occupy the ground level, with 12m ceilings and 4th level with 9m ceilings. The joint grand opening TaiNEX 2 and TIMTOS 2019 will create momentum to Taiwan’s MICE industry and upgrade the international status of Taiwan’s industries. TIMTOS this year features exhibitors from 26 countries. Those include world-renowned firms such as DMG MORI, MAZAK, FANUC, SIEMENS, SODICK, and HEIDENHAIN. Local exhibitors include Fair Friend Group, Chain Headway, Soco Machinery, Tongtai, Kao Fong Machinery, Po Ly GIM, Goodway, Shinwu, Chevalier, PMI-Group, and Deta. In addition to countless exhibitors from Switzerland and Germany, companies from USA, Denmark and Turkey will feature in national pavilions for the first time. This points to the fact that TIMTOS has become a major show for global manufacturers to demonstrate their advanced machines and technologies. This year TIMTOS presents an “AR Experience Zone” for the first time, which uses Augmented Reality (AR) to demonstrate the structures of metal-forming machines. Taiwanese metal-forming machinery companies apply robotic arms, automatic die change systems, sensors, and AR applications and together with production management systems and remote management, to build smart production lines of sheet metal and aluminum alloy casting. This corresponds to TIMTOS’s themes ‘Industry 4.0, Smart Manufacturing’, featuring Industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing solutions and complete machine tool supply chains. For example, YCM’s Smart Factory, Kao Fong’s new 5-Axis Machine and Double-column Machine, and Honor Seiki’s new generation machine tools specifically designed for making aircrafts. Furthermore, the TIMTOS Summit at TICC on March 5-6, will assemble top executives from international and local firms including ABB, Optomec, Dassault Système, Airbus, DMG, Siemens and Bosch Rexroth. They will focus on ‘Machine Intelligence and AIoT’, ‘Additive Manufacturing’, ‘Innovation in Aerospace Manufacturing’, ‘Automotive Manufacturing Revolution’ to explore state-of-the-art technique application and industrial trends. In parallel, the show features multiple events including the ‘14th Ceremony of Taiwan Machine Tool Industry Awards for Excellence in Research & Innovation’, ‘TIMTOS 2019 One-on-One Procurement Meetings’, ‘Market Briefing of Machinery Industry in Malaysia & Signing Ceremony for the Memorandum of Understanding between TAITRA and PENFEIA (Penang Foundry & Engineering Industries Association)’, ‘Taiwan-Japan Machinery Enterprise Economic and Trade Exchange Meeting’, and the ‘Germany Company Talk @ TIMTOS’. There will also be 40 seminars on new technologies and new product launches. The show opens daily from 10:00 to 18:00, March 4-9. Free admission with business cards is available for professional visitors. Tickets can be purchased for the general public (NT$200 per ticket - booths are open till 16:00), local students from industry-relevant fields require a student ID for free admission. The show will not admit children under 12 years old. For more information, please access our official website at www.timtos.com.tw.

Nov
30

World PCO Alliance Immediate Past President Kitty Wong Formally Recognized by the International Congress and Convention...

Tokyo, Japan: Kitty Wong, president of K&A International Co. Ltd. and Immediate Past President of the World PCO Alliance, has been awarded an Inspirational ICCA Woman award.The awards, a project initiated by Nina Freysen-Pretorius, ICCA’s Immediate Past President (also an Alliance partner), were presented at her President’s Choice session by the newly elected ICCA President, James Rees, on November 12, 2018 as part of the 57th ICCA Congress. The awards celebrate the achievements by women who embody the principles and values that are central to ICCA. Ms. Wong was one of ten women recognized and the only representative from Asia. “I am so humbled by this award,” says Wong. “Thank you to ICCA for acknowledging the contributions of all women in our industry, and I hope these awards inspire my female peers to continue their invaluable work.” A meetings professional since 1991, Kitty Wong is one of the most celebrated and influential figures in the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events (MICE) industry. In addition to being president of K&A International Co. Ltd., a company she founded in 1995, she’s also vice-president of the Taiwan Exhibition and Convention Association (TECA), a board member of the Asian Federation of Exhibition and Convention Association (AFECA), and a senior consultant for the MEETTAIWAN Project (2017-2020). She is one of the founders of the World PCO Alliance and is the organization’s Immediate Past President. Founded in 2009, the World PCO Alliance provides leadership in meeting management through the delivery of streamlined and effective meetings around the globe. The Alliance’s mandate includes the collective exchange of education, technology, and other information for the mutual benefit of the industry and ensuring the effective global promotion of its clients’ events. The organization is comprised of 21 chosen, quality PCOs in the meetings industry from around the world. Website: http://www.worldpco.org Attachment (photo) Kitty Wong with Nina Freysen-Pretorius, Immediate Past President of ICCA and other Alliance members; from left: Liu Ping, Kayo Nomura, also an IAPCO Council member and Nancy Tan, Treasurer of the World PCO Alliance. 

Nov
04

Taipei Cycle's Closing Ceremony Focused on Smart Riding

The Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) hosted the 2018 Taipei International Cycle Show (TAIPEI CYCLE) from October 31 to November 3, 2018. The four-day exhibition attracted more than 4,932 overseas visitors and 28,953 domestic visitors. Buyers were mainly from Mainland China, followed by those from Japan, U.S.A., South Korea, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Germany, Singapore, and Australia. Free test rides were available on the demo day at Hua-Zhong Campground. 27 companies from 6 countries took part in the event, and thousands of buyers came to test-ride the newest bicycle models from over 40 brands along scenic riverside paths. The international Taipei Cycle Forum was also held, attracting 300 participants for in-depth discussions of hot cycling industry topics, which included anti-dumping cases in Europe, U.S.A. Trade Act Section 301 actions, smart manufacturing in response to the rise of Industry 4.0, and the impact of the future evolution of human transport on bicycles. The discussions drew enthusiastic responses. THULE, a Swedish manufacturer, stated that TAIPEI CYCLE is an important international exhibition in Asia. This year, they showcased new products and hoped to establish and consolidate their brand image through this exhibition. It turns out their products were popular during the 4-day exhibition and they were quite satisfied with the benefits of the exhibition. An Italian manufacturer, Basso, was shocked by the results from participating in their first show this year. They further mentioned that, although the shows in 2018 and 2019 are only four months apart, they will continue to support the Taipei International Cycle Show in 2019. Ms. Gina Chang, Secretary General of the Taiwan Bicycle Association, believes that from a broad perspective, the cycling industry will further evolve to meet the unstoppable trend towards digital living. However, the speed of the evolution will depend on the regulatory environment and technical breakthroughs. TAIPEI CYCLE 2018 responded to industry trends with its first-ever TAIPEI CYCLE+, a hall dedicated to bringing bicycles, innovation, and technology together. Exhibits and industry discussions during the Show revealed the germination of cycling for the digital generation and the expansion of cycling as a culture. TAIPEI CYCLE 2019 will be held March 27–30 at Nangang Exhibition Hall 2 and the 4th Floor of Hall 1.

Jul
25

2018 AFECA Awards

Dear AFECA Members, The 3rd AFECA Asian Awards held last Sep 6, 2017 in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan was another success. We thank you very much for your support. This year, AFECA continues to acknowledge outstanding achievements by individuals and corporate establishments in the industry.  In addition to this, AFECA has made it a goal to focus on the youth, teaching them “Excellence” through proper work values and experience. This too, AFECA will recognize. For 2018,  consistent with AFECA’s pursuit for Excellence,  we will, once again,  honor and pay tribute to deserving personalities  and organizations in the industry and we are happy to announce that Asian Federation of  Exhibition and Convention  Associations  (AFECA) shall once again hold the 2018 AFECA Asian Awards. Honors will be presented to the following 6 categories: 1. Outstanding Trade Exhibition Awards2. Outstanding Consumer Exhibition Awards3. Outstanding Congress/Convention Awards4. Outstanding Service Awards5. Outstanding Venue Awards6. AFECA Young Professional Awards In line with the above, we enjoin everyone to support the AFECA Asian Awards.  We invite the AFECA General Membership to participate in this year’s Awards by nominating outstanding and deserving personalities in the various sectors of MICE , including the MICE Young Professional category.   The Awards Ceremony will be held on  Wednesday, October 24, in Goyang City, Korea. The AFECA Awards Winners will be announced in major publications in the region and also on the AFECA website.   For more information, please contact the AFECA Secretariat:  MS. SUSANNA CHANG/ MS. BETSY LIN, AFECATaipei Liaison Office (afecaawards@afeca.asia)Contact No.:+886-2-8789-6107 Thank you very much and we look forward to another year of AFECA EXCELLENCE! Very truly yours, WALTER YEH President Asian Federation of Exhibition and Convention Associations(AFECA) MARISA D. NALLANA                                                                Secretary General                                Chairperson, AFECA ASIAN Awards                                                                       

Jul
02

2018 Asian MICE Forum Coming to Taichung

The Asian MICE Forum (AMF), one of the MICE industry's most iconic events, will be held in Taichung during September 11–12. The AMF is organized by TAITRA and commissioned by the Bureau of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs, and is now entering its 13th year. The upcoming 2018 event, themed Engagingly Experiential, will be a gathering of major international MICE award winners, creative marketing professionals, and applied MICE technology experts—all ready to open attendee's eyes to new worlds.   Secrets of PyeongChang 2018 to be Revealed The PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics held in South Korea, which were successfully concluded in February, ignited global enthusiasm for sports and drew great praise, despite the harsh winter. The event's director of general affairs for the organizing committee, Ki-Hong Kim, is scheduled to share how they implemented city marketing strategies to change public opinions, and bring the world's spotlight to PyeongChang, which is a small remote town with only 43,000 residents. Representatives from the Taipei 2017 Universiade and Taichung World Flora Exposition will also be present to talk about the secrets and winning strategies of their event organization.   Fashion Marketing Inspirations and MICE Technological Applications To promote MICE activities with marketing and technology strategies combined, Dr. Johanna Blakley from the USC Think Tank Center in the United States was invited to discuss how to replicate the innovative spirit of the fashion industry and bring forth endless creative ideas. Tim Groot, 2017 UFI ICT Award winner and founder of a London MICE technology company called Grip, will present stories of digital technology applications in MICE activities. In addition, founder of Mixed Reality Lab, Adrian David Cheok, will demonstrate a form of mixed reality that stimulates all five senses for an experience that breaks the boundaries of space and time.   Future Prospects for the Asian MICE Industry To take advantage of southbound MICE industry opportunities, the Forum has especially invited the President of the Singapore Association of Convention & Exhibition Organizers & Suppliers, Vice President of the Indian Exhibition Industry Association, Vice President of the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau, Chairman of the Indonesian Exhibition Companies Association, and various MICE industry leaders from Southeast Asian countries. These distinguished guests will provide insights into development trends and future prospects of the Asian MICE industry at the Asian MICE Industry Leaders Talks session. Their brilliant presentations will undoubtedly inspire attendees.   With the gathering of global MICE leaders to drive new industry trends, as well as make diversified international exchanges and business opportunities possible for participants, MICE wonders are anticipated from AMF 2018. Register to attend before August 17 and enjoy an early-bird discount. Don't miss this opportunity! Sign up now online at the official AMF 2018 website (www.amf.com.tw).        

May
02

International Business Event Leaders to Gather at Asian MICE Forum 2018

2018 Asian MICE Forum (AMF), themed “Engagingly Experiential”, will take place from September 11–12 in Taichung. Renowned innovative marketing professionals, winners of the UFI ICT Award and SITE Crystal Award are on the invite list to share their experiences. Furthermore, conference IT experts will be on hand to reveal the latest innovative technologies applied to events. 2018 AMF is a not-to-miss event! Feel free to contact amf@taitra.org.tw for more information.

Apr
25

2018 Smart City Summit & Expo is Around the Corner

(Taipei) The Smart City Summit & Expo (SCSE) is not only a window for the world to see Taiwan's smart city solutions and ideas, it is also the largest Internet of Things applications exhibition in Asia. Global city leaders gather in Taipei to share their experience with developing smart cities, and the practical exchange of supply and demand accelerates international development of smart cities. The fifth SCSE celebrated its opening at the Nangang Exhibition Center during March 27–30. The theme for this year's event continued from the previous year's—Building a Smart City Using Internet of Things. The main events were: 1. Smart City Leader Summit Last year, 54 city representatives from 29 countries attended the event, including 22 mayors from overseas. This year, approximately 100 mayors and representatives from overseas participated. 2. Declaration of Global Smart City Alliance Initiative The Taipei City Government proposed an initiative to organize an international smart city alliance to share information about developing smart cities. Member cities will share open spaces to test innovative applications. Over international 10 cities responded to this proposal and signed the initiative during the event. 3. Smart City Professional Forum There were more than 63 professional forums with topics that included transportation, medical care, education, architecture, energy conservation, new energy sources, and agriculture. 4. Smart City Exhibition Over 1,000 booths (900 last year) displayed various smart city solutions, incuding exhibitors from England, Italy, France, Russia, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Mexico, Mongolia, and the Philippines. 5. 2018 World Telecom Smart City Conference More than 30 global telecommunications companies and 20 system integrators attended. The theme was development trends in internet of vehicles and artificial intelligence. 6. Sustainable City Forum, Taipei Co-hosting with ICLEI, member cities attended this event to discuss issues on smart energy conservation, circular economy, smart finance, and other topics. In addition, to enhance the professional level of the expo event, several brand exhibitions were held in conjunction with the summit. They were: 1. Smart Healthcare Expo (S.H.E. Taipei) This healthcare expo featured events such as the Smart Hospital Summit, Smart Hospital Director Conference, the signing of the International Smart Medicare Cooperation Declaration, and the smart medical interactive experience zone. Around 30 Taiwanese and 30 overseas hospital directors attended. This event was directed by the Taiwan Department of Health and Welfare and co-hosted by the Joint Commission of Taiwan and this association. 2. FutureED Expo This event was co-hosted by the Institute for Information Industry and Taipei Computer Association. Institute for Information Industry research brought together local Taiwanese vendors and demonstrated different applied teaching scenarios. At least 50 principals from overseas schools and educational experts and officials attended the International Forum on Smart Education. 3. Intelligent Building Expo (I.B.E. Taipei) This event was co-hosted by the Taiwan Intelligent Building Association andTaipei Computer Association. All Asia Pacific Intelligent Building Alliance member countries were invited to attend the APIGBA International Forum and Smart Building Industry Forum in Taiwan. Advanced domestic and foreign smart building companies were also invited to exhibit at the event.

Mar
14

ICCA-MICE Bid Workshop Strengthens Taiwan's International Competitiveness

Co-hosted by the Taiwan Bureau of Foreign Trade, TAITRA, and the prestigious International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), the ICCA-MICE Bid Workshop was held in Taipei's Songshan Cultural and Creative Park during March 13–14. The annual Workshop aims to cultivate Taiwanese talent in competitive bidding for international conferences. The Songshan Cultural and Creative Park was chosen as the site for this year's Workshop with the intent to incorporate Taiwan’s cultural creativity into the MICE industry. The Workshop featured several speakers with substantial experience in international conference bidding: Ulrike von Arnold who is Deputy Director of the Vienna Convention Bureau, Marta Gomes who is Sales Director of the Palais des Congres de Paris - VIPARIS Congress Department, and Noor Ahmad Hamid who is ICCA's Asia-Pacific Director. As the bid-winning Director-General of Kaohsiung's Economic Development Bureau, Vincent Tseng spoke of the submission process for the 2020 ICCA Congress. He, along with the CEO of GIS Group, Jason Yeh, shared the secrets of their successes. The Workshop was open to 40 participants; all were professionals from conference companies, associations, government agencies, hotels, and the travel industry. During the opening ceremony, TAITRA President and CEO Walter M. S. Yeh emphasized Taiwan's dedication to the promotion of its MICE industry, in addition to its success with competitive bidding for hosting rights of international conferences. Deputy Director General of the Bureau of Foreign Trade, Guann-Jyh Lee, mentioned in his speech that the MICE industry not only stimulates tourism but also enhances marketing of host cities. This is why the Bureau of Foreign Trade has long been promoting Taiwan's MICE industry. Future large international conferences to be held in Taiwan, such as the 2018 Sleep Tech Congress, the 2020 Mobile World Congress, and the 2022 World Congress of Biomechanics, are all examples of the island's MICE industry progress. Vincent Tseng shared how Kaohsiung went from zero to a hundred in the bidding adventure for the 2020 ICCA Congress. The thrilling process was also a valuable experience. Ulrike von Arnold stressed the importance of market research for international conferences and how everyone is expected to know the market inside and out. Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs has been committed to raising Taiwan's competitiveness in the MICE industry since the launch of the MEET TAIWAN program in 2009. The Ministry has co-hosted the MICE Bid Workshop with ICCA for six consecutive years in an effort to cultivate Taiwanese talent in the industry and attract other international conference opportunities to the island.