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Taiwan is a nation where innovation is in the air and global events such as Innovex (a part of Computex) are fast becoming global hotspots for fast-paced innovation exchange.
On the sidelines of Innovex 2017 in Taipei – Sakura Yang, Director, Taipei Computer Association speaks with Zia Askari from TelecomDrive.com about the key priorities of TCA and how it is encouraging innovation.
What are the key priorities and objectives for TCA today?
Our primary goal is to help our members get great business opportunities. This includes the local business opportunities and also opportunities in international markets. So in order to realize this, we organize trade shows and we support our members.
We have about 8 mega shows including Computex Innovex – so every year we have more than 40000 visitors coming from overseas markets to attend this mega event.
Taipei Computer Association (TCA), established in 1974, is the leading industrial organization in Taiwan. Its 4,000 members engages various fields such as software, hardware, semiconductors and components, manufacture, sales, network communication service, etc., thereby generating over 80% of the total production value of Taiwan’s Information Communication Technology (ICT).
How is TCA helping different organizations towards achieving innovation?
We have quite a number of big names as our members – such as Foxconn, Acer, Asus etc. Right now they are looking for more business opportunities – a lot of these organizations look forward to realize full potential of innovation by partnering with other innovative startups and that’s why we organize Innovex here.
Big companies are always looking for innovative business opportunities to grow their business. As an association, we always try and find innovation for our members. Right now we are looking for startups from overseas markets.
What kind of activities do you do annually for these members?
We have 4000 members as of now and they are all corporate members. We have trade shows, seminars, forums, awards, etc. we also help our members towards getting local government projects. They bid for such mega projects and we open up a number of matchmaking opportunities for our members.
In a nutshell – TCA offers its members the following services: e-learning, domestic / overseas exhibitions, industry related information, skill training etc. TCA also addresses issues concerning minority groups and the reduction of the digital divide between urban and rural areas, realizing the vision for Taiwan to become an island where technologies are truly applied.
What are your future plans – how do you look at the future for the association?
We will be doing similar events in future but almost every year the key theme of the mega events is changed. And on the members front, we will continue to work closely with them and help them achieve better innovation and business opportunities.
Looking into the future, TCA is progressing towards internationalization and professionalism to service its members with the highest level of enthusiasm. By doing so, TCA understands its vision is to become “the driving force of Taiwan’s ICT industry” and a “world-class industrial association”.