INST 2017 Provides Unlimited Business Opportunities
The 2017 Taipei International Invention Show & Technomart
Enjoyed Great Success Displaying Innovative and Patented Technologies,
Providing Unlimited Business Opportunities, and
Building Taiwan as Innovation Island
The 2017 Taipei International Invention Show & Technomart (Taipei INST) came to a successful conclusion on September 30. The show attracted more than 70,000 visitors from both local and international professionals as well as the general public during its three-day exhibition. Compared to last year, the number of international visitors has greatly increased, especially from the countries under New Southbound Policy, including visitors from Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, and South Korea; as well as Mainland China.
This year’s show showcased great varieties of products and technologies, which were deeply praised by many international visitors. One visitor from the Malaysian electronics industry commented that the show exhibited many innovative cross-industrial and cross-field works, with many inventions capable of fulfilling the needs of people in everyday life. The variety and the extensiveness of the technologies were absolutely amazing. Many of Taiwan’s prestigious companies, such as TSMC, Pegatron, Lite-On Technology as well as Panasonic Taiwan, also came to the show to see if there were collaborative opportunities with these innovative technologies.
Taipei INST represented a gathering of local and international research institutes, businesses as well as exceptional individual inventors, all of whom endeavored to exhibit their innovative works. The “Innovative Invention Pavilion” hosted by the Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) not only exhibited the award-winning products from the 2016 National Invention and Creation Award, TIPO also invited 10 start-up teams to display their innovative products. They included accessible VR and AR devices, air quality monitors, smart caring system, and various other products for visitors to experience onsite. Taipei INST provided opportunities for matchmaking between inventors and businesses as well as commercializing patented technologies.
This year’s Technomart exhibited more than one thousand innovative technologies and patented products, many of which were being shown in Taiwan for the first time. It was an eye-opening experience for the visitors. The “Future Smart City Pavilion” hosted by the Department of Industrial Technology of Taiwan utilized 57 innovative projects with VR 4D haptic and interactive technologies to show visitors new ways of experiencing smart living, smart medicine and smart manufacturing in the future. Their image of the future drew great attention from the visitors.
In order to strengthen the business links with the countries by New Southbound Policy, the Industrial Development Bureau of Taiwan set up special consulting areas and also held business matching conferences, drawing many interested parties. Preliminary statistics show that more than one thousand participants attended the 11 seminars held at this year’s Technomart. It provided a matchmaking platform between local and international parties.
On this day, the Show also unveiled the Platinum Award winners, which represents the highest honor of Invention Show. The awards were handed out by the Director General of TIPO, Ms. Hong Shu-min. A total of 845 works from 16 countries participated in the competition this year, with 508 significant prizes handed out: 23 Platinum Awards, 148 Gold Medal Awards, 148 Silver Medal Awards, and 189 Bronze Medal Awards. Among international participants, the National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT) performed best, with 1 Platinum Award and 33 Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal Awards in total. The domestic biggest winner fell to National Taiwan Ocean University, with a total of 3 patented inventions awarded Platinum honors.