Four new award categories added to stimulate industry innovations in global technology ecosystem
COMPUTEX d&i awards, an innovation-focused competition well known to global high-tech industry, will kick off alongside COMPUTEX TAIPEI from June 5th to June 9th, 2018. The awards are open for entries until April 30th, where exhibitors or non-exhibitors can leverage COMPUTEX as a platform to showcase their innovation prowess to the world. To better align with the latest trends in the technology industry, the 2018 awards will add four new categories— “AI”, “IoT”, “Startups” and “Applications & Solutions”— to promote cross-segment integration and innovation. All winning ICT products and solutions will be on display at COMPUTEX 2018, bringing more elements of innovation to the exhibition and the entire industry.
COMPUTEX d&i awards enter its 11th year, constitute a panel of distinguished experts from global ICT industry, venture capitalists and leading industrial designers to serve as judges . They carefully evaluate each entry base on five key criteria—"Innovation and Elaboration", "Functionality", "Aesthetics", "Responsibility" and "Positioning"— and select only ground-breaking innovations, which then will be promoted in global markets thru a comprehensive international campaign.
In view of the rapid evolution in the global ICT industry, this year’s COMPUTEX d&i awards will recognize innovations in ten different categories, including “Artificial Intelligence + Robotics”, “IoT”, “Applications + Solutions”, “AR/VR Devices + Content”, “Gaming Devices + Content of Games”, “Cloud Communication + Storage”, “Systems + Mobile Communication”, “(Computer) Hardware + Software”, “Audio/Video” and “Peripherals + Accessories.” The purpose is to encourage more companies to invest in innovative research and development, and to help outstanding innovations obtain attention from international venture capitalists, crowdsourcing platforms or strategic partners to promote their brands to the global market.
“COMPUTEX 2018 will continue to build a broader global technology ecosystem. We hope that a world-leading innovation and design competition like d&i awards can help show the world the advancements of future technologies, drive innovative research and development abilities further for all participating companies, and boost the momentum of software-hardware integration in the industry,” said TAITRA President & CEO, Mr. Walter Yeh.
Entries for COMPUTEX d&i awards will be closed after April 30th. For the first time in the awards’ history, participants will be able to present their products and ideas. A professional panel of judges will select this year’s winners on May 15th and May 16th, and the award ceremony is scheduled on June 4th to June 5th. All winning products will be on display at COMPUTEX 2018 from June 5th to June 9th, 2018.
About d&i awards
The COMPUTEX d&i Awards, organized by Taiwan External Trade and Development Council (TAITRA) and iF, The International Forum Design, is entering the 11th anniversary. Every year, hundreds of entries are received and top designed quality ICT products are selected by a jury compose of a group of global top industrial designers. Selections are based on the following 5 standards: "Innovation and Elaboration", "Functionality", "Aesthetics", "Responsibility" and "Positioning". Selected winners will receive comprehensive international promotional opportunities from COMPUTEX, including traveling on a display tour to world ICT shows. COMPUTEX d&i awards 2017 will be reviewed in ten categories: Artificial Intelligence + Robotics, IoT, Applications + Solutions, AR/VR Devices + Content, Gaming Devices + Content of Games, Cloud Communication + Storage, Systems + Mobile Communication, (Computer) Hardware + Software, Audio/Video, and Peripherals + Accessories.
About COMPUTEX TAIPEI (also called COMPUTEX):
Established in 1981, COMPUTEX is one of the leading global ICT, IoT, and startup tradeshows with a complete supply chain and IoT ecosystems. Co-organized by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and Taipei Computer Association (TCA), COMPUTEX, based upon Taiwan’s complete ICT clusters, covers the whole spectrum of ICT industry, from established brands to startups and from ICT supply chain to IoT ecosystems. With strong R&D and manufacturing capabilities and IPR protection, Taiwan is a strategic destination for foreign companies and investors looking for partners in global technology ecosystems. Follow COMPUTEX on its website at www.computextaipei.com.tw and on Twitter @computex_taipei using the hashtag #COMPUTEX.
Founded in 1970 to help promote foreign trade, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) is the foremost non-profit trade promotion organization in Taiwan. Jointly sponsored by the government, industry associations, and several commercial organizations, TAITRA assists Taiwan businesses and manufacturers with reinforcing their international competitiveness and in coping with the challenges they face in foreign markets.
TAITRA boasts a well-coordinated trade promotion and information network of over 1,200 trained specialists stationed throughout its Taipei headquarters, five local branch offices in Taoyuan ,Hsinchu, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung, and 60 overseas branch offices worldwide. Together with its sister organizations, Taiwan Trade Center (TTC) and Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC), TAITRA has created a wealth of trade opportunities through effective promotion strategies.
In addition to organizing trade delegations & providing customized procurement services, TAITRA also hosts more than 35 international trade shows annually in Taipei and in Kaohsiung.