The 2023 COMPUTEX successfully concluded today, the first physical exhibition after the border was opened, attracting a huge crowd of visitors. During the 4-day show, 47,594 professionals from 150 countries, a 12% increase compared to before the pandemic in 2019. The top ten countries/region of visitors were Japan, the United States, Korea, China, Thailand, Hong Kong, Vietnam, India, the Philippines, and Indonesia. COMPUTEX 2023 took "Together we create " as its call, successfully re-gathered the abundant energy of the global technology ecosystem after the pandemic, and worked with leading technology companies and startups in Taiwan and globally to promote a super-smart technology life.
Aiming at Smart, High-Performance Computing, AI Empowerment Opens up Infinite Possibilities
High-performance computing is booming with the continuous expansion of AI applications and the support of 5G technology. According to the forecast of Research and Markets, the global AI-driven high-performance computing market will reach 37.4 billion US dollars in 2028. This year's COMPUTEX is closely related to smart AI and high-performance computing. Exhibitors presented high-performance computing products and solutions, and the forum and activities also demonstrated the potential of high-performance computing and applications.
Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA, the top AI computing company, took the lead in the COMPUTEX Keynote the day before the exhibition. He showed the AI chip H100 and the world's first accelerated computing processor, Grace HOPPER. He revealed that whoever has the "computing power" will grasp the future AI trend. The fact that any device will be able to perform AI calculations in the future will completely change the way of human communication and interaction and even the way of life.
GIGABYTE also took "Future of Computing" as the exhibition theme, showcasing innovative industry applications such as AI/HPC super chip servers, advanced data centers, industrial computers and IoT, and green computer rooms. Realtek, a global network chip manufacturer, showcased products, including the AI computing USB camera chip RTS5863, which has a built-in self-developed edge computing machine vision engine. TWS, a subsidiary of ASUS, combined with Taiwania 2 supercomputer, released Taiwan's first traditional Chinese version of the enterprise language model, FFM, and an enterprise-level high-security generative formula AI solution, AI Foundry Service (AFS).
Technology Giants Spoke on the Industry's Futuristic Trends
The highlight of the show—the COMPUTEX Keynote, focused on the trend of high-performance computing, including six industry leaders from NVIDIA, Qualcomm, NXP, Acer, Supermicro, and Arm, who came to COMPUTEX to talk about cross-generation technological innovation and industry hot topics. NVIDIA shared that accelerated computing and how AI symbolized the reshaping of computing power, and humanity is at the turning point of a new era of computing. Qualcomm emphasized that hybrid AI combining edge computing and cloud computing will be a new type of AI in the future. NXP focused on cloud computing, generative AI, big data, machine learning, and other technology. Supermicro indicated that the application of AI is increasing, and the demand for high-end AI design servers is also rising; Arm pointed out that the current growth of computing requirements has exceeded the industry's imagination.
Acer Chairman and CEO Jason Chen demonstrated the application of AI in multiple aspects, such as healthcare, transportation, and new energy. Acer also cooperated with TAITRA to launch the Earth Mission APP. As a result, the number of downloads during the exhibition reached 3000, and COMPUTEX will plant trees in the Amazon rainforest through the non-profit organization One Tree Planted. In addition, the COMPUTEX Forum, held simultaneously during the exhibition, focused on metaverse, semiconductors, and sustainable development. It gathered senior executives and expert representatives from Taiwan and globally to share future insights on the industry.
InnoVEX Builds a New Global Village and Senior Venture Capitalists Praise Resource Integration
InnoVEX, a global startup matching platform, gathered nearly 400 participating teams from 22 countries this year, bringing together creative minds and venture capital funds worldwide and attracting 23,726 visitors. Among the activities, winning the InnoVEX 2023 Pitch Contest was the goal of the startup teams. In the end, the Blumind team of Canada won the first prize with an analog semiconductor architecture.
Tom Vanhoutte, CEO of Belgian venture capital, imec.Xpand, pointed out, “ InnoVEX and COMPUTEX are an interesting integration. Visitors not only get in touch with mature manufacturers who have been working on the manufacturing side for a long time but also witness the creative energy of the startup teams. Moreover, the powerful technological ecological chain of COMPUTEX is more conducive to establishing industry contacts in a short period of time and promotes more possibilities for future cooperation.”
During the show, a variety of activities took place at COMPUTEX. The COMPUTEX procurement meetings matched 141 heavyweight buyers from 37 countries in 448 sessions. The guided tour was led by industry KOLs such as technology expert Dr. J Class, Afra, Aotter Girls, and more, to unbox the exhibition, bringing new perspectives on technology from different angles. The CPX on Air provided up-to-the-minute and complete coverage of events and trends during the show, serving online audiences who couldn’t visit the exhibition venue in person.
Organized by the International Trade Administration, Ministry of Economic Affairs, the MEET TAIWAN program, aimed at promoting the development of Taiwan's exhibition industry, has once again achieved international recognition by winning the 2023 Asia's Best Convention & Visitor Bureau at the prestigious Stella Awards. It is the third consecutive year that Taiwan has been awarded the honor. Additionally, Taiwan was honored as Asia's Best Exhibition City. The award ceremony took place on August 16 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre in Singapore.The Stella Awards, organized by M&C Asia of the Singaporean Northstar Meetings Group's, honors the best of Asia's MICE industry, including exhibition bureaus, convention centers, and convention cities. The awards are determined through votes from global clients and industry professionals. For the third consecutive year, Taiwan has been named Asia's Best Convention & Visitor Bureau and was also recognized as Asia's Best Exhibition Destination, demonstrating high international regard for Taiwan's exhibition industry.In the post-pandemic era, the global exhibition industry is experiencing accelerated recovery and enhanced international exchanges. To remain competitive and attract international clients and opportunities, the International Trade Administration (TITA) has been upgrading exhibition venues and enhancing professional services. For instance, establishing the Kaohsiung Exhibition Center as Taiwan's first national smart venue with a dedicated 5G network, opening the International Convention Center Tainan in April last year, and accelerating completion of the Taoyuan International Exhibition Center—all contribute to shaping a complete north-to-south exhibition corridor in Taiwan, promoting the development of the exhibition industry.Furthermore, the TITA continues to assist exhibition industry practitioners with adopting digital technologies to strengthen their digital capabilities, offering exhibitors and participants a more diverse and enriched digital experience, and expanding the depth and variety of exhibition activities.In response to global sustainability trends, the TITA has been encouraging the exhibition industry to align with sustainable development goals. This year, by establishing a carbon calculation formula, the Bureau is helping industry practitioners assess their carbon reduction capabilities and encouraging energy-saving and carbon reduction efforts. These endeavors are concrete steps towards implementing the Taiwan MICE Sustainable White Paper released last year. Additionally, the Bureau's support in obtaining ISO international certifications and organizing sustainable exhibition awards demonstrates Taiwan's commitment to transitioning its exhibition industry towards carbon reduction and achieving net-zero goals.This year, Taiwan is receiving a series of positive news for its exhibition industry. The EXPO-TECH Digital Exhibition Navigator Program launched by the TITA was awarded a 2023 Industry Partner Award by the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI) in July. The GREENTOPIA Sustainable MICE City initiative organized by MEET TAIWAN was also honored with a Best Sustainable Event Award by the international event marketing organization Eventex in June.Source: International Trade Administration, MOEA
The 2023 Asian MICE Forum (AMF) is returning to a physical format this September. Organized by the International Trade Administration, Ministry of Economic Affairs and executed by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council, this year's AMF will revolve around collaboration. The Forum explores conference management, destination marketing, business leisure travel, and future trends in exhibitions from the perspective of key players in the MICE industry. The theme of the 2023 Forum is Together We Can, signifying the collaborative effort of MICE industry partners to overcome challenges and facilitate cross-industry and cross-border resurgence after the pandemic.The International Trade Administration invited experts from MICE sectors in Japan, Singapore, Thailand, and Taiwan to gather at the Taipei International Convention Center (TICC) and provide global perspectives through keynote speeches and panel discussions. The panel discussion on The Power of Collaboration will feature insights from former presidents of well-known PCOs and the World PCO Alliance (WPCOA), sharing how associations, governments, and organizations collaborate to promote the industry and address challenges posed by the pandemic. With the rising awareness of sustainability, the 2022 GREENTOPIA Sustainable MICE City initiative under the MEET TAIWAN program garnered recognition by integrating international marketing efforts that promote Taiwan's sustainable MICE industry by upholding United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and carbon neutrality. The initiative was honored as the Best Sustainable Event at the 2023 Eventex Awards and will be featured at this year's AMF. Additionally, the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau will share on the growth of bleisure (business leisure travel) prompted by the pandemic as Thailand has been actively promoting the bleisure tourism industry.After a 55-year gap, Osaka, Japan, is set to host the World Expo in 2025, a major international event following the Tokyo Olympics. The AMF has invited a representative from the Osaka Convention Promotion Office to share insights on innovative destination marketing that combines the Expo with concepts of innovation, environmental protection, and sustainability, which is expected to lead to further discussions. In addition, in light of the dominance of virtual exhibitions driven by digital transformation, renowned event technology company Cvent will share insights into future exhibition trends and the post-pandemic model of hybrid events. The concluding session of the Forum, the Inter-generational Dialogue on MICE, will engage prominent domestic exhibition companies in discussions about innovation, talent development, and sustainable growth. This inter-generational exchange is expected to spark new insights and ideas.Source: Taiwan External Trade Development Council
The SDGs Asia Exhibition was hosted by the Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energy (TAISE) with the National Council for Sustainable Development of the Executive Yuan and the Alliance for Sustainable Development Goals (A‧SDGs) as co-organizers. The opening ceremony was launched in conjunction with the 2023 Asia-Pacific Sustainability Action Awards ceremony, where top sustainable leaders from various sectors and both public and private entities who are dedicated to realizing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals gathered, showcasing Taiwan's vibrant sustainability capacity.Premier Chen Chien-Jen attended the opening ceremony and presented awards to recipients, affirming the efforts of all winners and exhibitors in enhancing Taiwan's sustainable future and actively aligning with the international community. He emphasized that Taiwan President Tsai announced the national goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, and the government has subsequently established policies, regulations, and organizational adjustments. Alongside the enactment of the Climate Change Adaption Act earlier this year, the Executive Yuan also approved the Net-Zero Emissions Roadmap and Net-Zero Technology Plan. The Environmental Protection Administration will be restructured into the Ministry of Environment next month, and the Taiwan Stock Exchange will establish the Taiwan Carbon Solution Exchange. While achieving net-zero emissions is a formidable task, it is firmly believed that with the collective engagement of the government, businesses, and citizens, it can be realized, creating a brighter future for generations to come.In alignment with the national goal and pathway towards net-zero emissions by 2050, this year's exhibition centered around the theme, Towards a Net Zero Future. It encompassed seven major zones that presented the implementation status of national sustainability goals and efforts across public and private sectors. The policy and city zones, central ministries and nine municipalities and counties—Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Taichung, Tainan, Kaohsiung, Hsinchu County, Chiayi City, and Yunlin County—all actively conveyed policy content through various creative means. The energy, corporations, living, education, and NGO zones corresponded to the government's four transition strategies in the fields of energy, industry, life, and society.This year, the Asia-Pacific Sustainability Action Awards received 79 and 321 submissions respectively, totaling 400 proposals. Following rigorous evaluation by over a hundred scholars, experts, and eminent members of society, 68 and 279 exceptional action plans were selected from the outstanding initiatives received. In the category of Livable and Sustainable City Award, Kaohsiung City, Taichung City, and Taipei City were each awarded Outstanding City, while New Taipei City and Tainan City were recognized as Excellence City.Source: Economic Daily News