The world is clearly moving towards smarter, greener, and faster towards the latest technological innovation to make the people’s lives better. Taiwan has established itself to be at the forefront of global ICT industry.

20157545_474937552841970_8306891380416658613_o.jpgIn pursuance of demonstrating Taiwan’s determination of transforming itself into the “Digital Nation, Innovative Economy (DIGI+)” to the world, Taiwan is hosting the 21st World Congress on Information Technology from September 10 to 13th. The theme for this year is “Living the Digi+tal Dream”, aiming to showcase to the world that “Taiwan is greater than you think!”

Known as the Olympics of the ICT industry, World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT 2017), is to be held on September 10-13 in Taipei International Convention Center (TICC).  The event is aiming to attract over 90 tech elites, 2,500 global business leaders from more than 80 countries to participate in its discussions.  Furthermore, tens and thousands of visitors are expected to participate in the exhibition on future technology that will take place in Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC), Exhibition Hall 1.  The goal is to facilitate networking and match making for the world digital industry.

According to the predictions made by Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute (MIC), the information service market of Taiwan is estimated to reach NT$177.5 billion in 2020 from NT$166 billion in 2017.  The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) is 2.5%.  Among those, cloud service stood out the most with its 6.8% growth rate.  The initial estimation pointed out that Science and technology budget will increase around 5%, which is NT$114.5 billion dollars.

Minister without Portfolio Wu Tsung-Tsong was quoted as saying during the remarks that digital economy serves as the drive for cross-generations, cross-borders, interdisciplinary, and cyber-physical trends of development.  It is gradually turning the global industry around.  Furthermore, WCIT 2017 is the engine that keeps the DIGI+ innovative economy running.  Minister Wu called for joint efforts of all sectors including the industry, academia, research institutes, and government agencies.  Taiwan should cease the opportunity of hosting WCIT 2017, and expand its digital industry.  Wu concluded by saying that WCIT is a great start to transform Taiwan into the new hub of Asia’s digital development.

This is Taiwan’s second term hosting the WCIT after previously hosted it 17 years ago.  The event gathered over 90 business leaders from around the world to share their ideas about some of the latest trends in information technology including digital economy, IOT, FinTech, BigData, VR/AR/MR, AI, Open Data, etc.  The discussions will focus on how these digital technologies can be applied as the potential solutions to problems such as energy shortage, pollution, aging society, health care, etc.  The goal is to make a better world by capturing the newest tendencies of information technology.

The key speakers of the event are from ICT superpowers, which demonstrate Taiwan’s ability in connecting itself with the world’s digital economy development trend.  These iconic speakers are listed as follows:

  • Bertrand Piccard, the initiator and co-pilot of Solar Impulse – the first successful around-the-world solar powered flight.

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  • Patrick Thomas, CEO of Covestro – an Innovator and Investor in the Circular Economy.

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  • Jason Zander, Corporate Vice President of Azure – Cloud Chief at Microsoft.

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  • Alex “Sandy” Pentland, Director, Connection Science and Human Dynamics Labs, MIT – a Pioneer of Wearable Computing

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  • Bill Bien, Global Head of Strategy and Marketing of Philips Lighting – the Global Leader of Smart Lightings.

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  • Toshio Iwamoto, President and CEO of NTT DATA Corporation – One of the 3 Major Telecom Groups in Japan.

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  • Setsuhiro Shimomura, Executive Corporate Advisor, Former President, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation – Leader in Practical Industry 4.0 Solutions

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  • Alan Marcus, Director of World Economic Forum (WEF) – an Iconic World Competitiveness Researcher

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Registration >> http://www.wcit2017.org/#PAGE1492744362981

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