COMPUTEX Advancing to Israel Looking to Build Global Technology Ecosystems with Israeli Hi-Tech and Startup Companies
May 09, 2018

In order to establish the Taiwan-Israel bilateral economic and trade promotion, Mr. James Huang, Chairman of TAITRA, Taiwan External Trade Development Council, led a delegation of 14 representatives to visit Israeli hi-tech and startup companies from April 27 to May 4, hoping to develop concrete cooperation opportunities. Delegation representatives included Mr. Walter Yeh, President & CEO of TAITRA and other TAITRA representatives as well as high-level representatives from Lite-On Technology, Hotung International Company, Global Monte Jade Science & Technology Association, Epoch Foundation (Garage+), and CDIB Capital Innovation Advisors.

In addition to visiting Israeli companies, TAITRA also held a Seminar on Taiwan AIoT Industry & COMPUTEX 2018 at the Carlton Hotel in Tel Aviv on April 30th. The seminar attracted 85 participants in the field of IoT, AI, startups, and media. After the seminar, TAITRA delegates and Israeli entrepreneurs networked and exchanged ideas. Media that attended the seminar included more than 10 mainstream and technology media such as Forbes Israel, The Jerusalem Post, The Times of Israel, Yedioth and Israel Hayom.

Taking advantage of the occasion, Mr. Walter Yeh, President & CEO of TAITRA and Mr. Gadi Ariely, Director General of the Israel Export Institute, signed an MOU. TAITRA Chairman, Mr. James Huang stated that through this memorandum of understanding, the two parties would assist each other in promoting trade activities, exchange market information, and assist Taiwan small and medium enterprises to strengthen collaboration and connect with Israeli companies.

Mr. Paul Kuoboug Chang, Representative of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Tel Aviv, Ms. Talia Goshen, Manager of Asia Pacific International Collaboration Division, Israel Innovation Authority, Mr. Miky Admon, Director of Hi-Tech Department of Israel Export Institute, and Ms. Daniela Kandel, Director of Global Finder Network, Start-Up Nation Central were invited to the seminar as distinguished guests to deliver remarks. The Israeli guests shared their views on of how Israel and Taiwan complement each other in the high-tech industry. Taiwan's strengths lie in the production of ICT and IoT related hardware products while high-tech companies in Israel specialize in IoT and AI software application development. Business cooperation between these two countries will create a win-win situation for both.

At the seminar, invited speakers, Mr. Vincent Chang, Director of Industrial IoT, Advantech, Mr. Bruce Bateman, Chief Technology Advisor of Lite-On Technology, and Ms. Josephine Chao, President of Epoch Foundation, shared their views on Taiwan smart manufacturing, smart city IoT solutions and the development of Taiwan's startup ecosystem. The seminar led to great responses from the country's high-tech and start-up companies.

The 2018 COMPUTEX will be exhibited at the Taipei World Trade Center Halls 1 and 3, Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center Hall 1, and Taipei International Convention Center from June 5 to 9. It has attracted more than 1,600 exhibitors from 28 countries to participate. During the seminar, Ms. Emilia Shih, Deputy Executive Director of TAITRA, introduced the development of IoT and AI in Taiwan and the preview of COMPUTEX 2018 highlights to the Israeli media and attendees.

As one of the world’s leading ICT, IoT and startup show, COMPUTEX, will continue its transformational momentum from the past two years while adding new elements to the exhibition. This year, COMPUTEX will focus on six themes: AI, 5G, Blockchain, IoT, and Innovations & Startups and Gaming & VR. The fifth-generation mobile communications and blockchain are the new themes this year. 5G giants Qualcomm and Ericsson, and IBM, the leader of blockchain application technology, will participate in the COMPUTEX FORUM organized by TAITRA as keynote speakers to share the latest trends in global 5G and blockchain.

The InnoVEX exhibit at COMPUTEX, going into the third year, is offering a startup lineup better than the previous years. More than 300 startups from 19 countries are participating, a 10% exhibitor growth compared to 2017. The proportion of international teams is 40% of which one-third are startups in the field of artificial intelligence, including five startups from Israel. In addition, 13 country pavilions organized by the European Union, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, Poland, Malaysia, Mexico and South Korea will also be displayed in this exhibition area, which is a threefold increase over last year.