Computex 2018, Smart Asia Trade Expo To Focus On AI, IoT

by Divya Makhija    Mar 12, 2018


The Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) organizers said that they are looking to create more trade opportunities between India and Taiwan. The non-profit trade promotion organisation in Taiwan recently unveiled the schedule ofCOMPUTEX 2018, to be held from June 5-9, in the capital city of Taiwan, Taipei, and the Second Edition of the ‘SMART ASIA India 2018—Expo & Summit’ to be held from October 4-6 in Bangalore. The announcement was made in the presence of notables like James M. S. Kuo, Deputy Executive Director of Exhibition Department, TAITRA, M. N. Vidyashankar, Former Additional Chief Secretary to Govt. of Karnataka and Mohan Rajamani, Vice Chairman, American Chamber of Commerce.

Addressing the audience at the conference, James M. S. Kuo, Deputy Executive Director of Exhibition Department, TAITRA, said, “TAITRA is glad to announce COMPUTEX 2018 and SMART ASIA India 2018 here. Taiwan has been making a drastic shift from high-tech manufacturing to an innovation-driven economy. Our advanced ICT capabilities have earned us the status of a global leader in smart technologies and smart city solutions, and we want to extend this expertise to our Indian counterparts.” He added, “India is not only one of the fastest growing economies in the world, it is also witnessing an exponential growth in information technology sector. We value India’s market potential, its globally competitive ICT industry, its rich talent resources and the vision led by Honourable Prime Minister Shree Narendra Modi for the Smart Cities Mission. With both COMPUTEX 2018 and SMART ASIA India 2018, we are hoping to create more opportunities for trade, industry collaboration and knowledge partnerships between India and Taiwan.”

Welcoming the Taiwanese friends, M. N. Vidyashankar, Former Additional Chief Secretary to Govt. of Karnataka, shared the focus of Indian government on ‘Make in India’ and how Taiwan’s advanced technology can be a major contributor to the same. Emphasizing on manufacturing, Vidyashankar said, “By 2021-22, Indian economy might be in a difficult situation as its export bill of electronics is likely to overtake India’s crude oil import bill. Only India’s focus on manufacturing with Taiwan can help this situation.”

Mohan Rajamani, Vice Chairman, American Chamber of Commerce, shared his experience from the COMPUTEX 2017 saying, “Nobody remembers what you did to them, but they do remember how you made them feel and such a remarkable event it was.”

He shared COMPUTEX 2018 will be focusing on 6 major technologies, namely- AI, 5G, Blockchain, IoT, Innovations & Start-ups, and Gaming & VR.

This year, it will comprise three featured exhibit areas which would include:

1. SmarTex- Stage for latest IoT applications

2. InnoXex- Stage for innovative start-ups

3. iStyle

The core events of COMUTEX 2018 would comprise of international press releases, B2B meetings, start-up workshops, new product launches and VIP networking, informed Abby Chen, Project Manager, COMPUTEX.

Smart Asia India 2018 is a B2B trade show initiated by TAITRA to make India’s vision of smart cities a reality. They aim to make Indian governance more efficient with their technology. This year, the major themes of the show would be- Smart city solutions, Smart technology applications and products & services for city development.

Sharing his expectations from SMART ASIA India 2018, James Kuo stressed, “We received a significant level of recognition and active participation from industry stakeholders in the first edition. This year we are expecting the number of visitors to the show to increase by 30 percent.” He continued, “Taiwan has been utilizing smart technologies in building efficient modern cities for many years now and SMART ASIA India provides an excellent platform to connect Taiwan’s competence in this domain and India’s opportunities to build intelligent, robust and efficient smart cities.”

In his final words, Kuo appreciated the support from Indian government, their policies and intent. He said he is looking forward to an enhanced partnership between Taiwan’s manufacturing skills and India’s software skills.