Local firms shine in Cologne
Taiwan-designed video games have proven a hit at the world’s biggest computer games fair in Cologne, Germany, encouraging local companies to seek international markets for their products. Seven Taiwanese game companies joined forces with the Taipei Computer Association to set up a Taiwan Pavilion at Gamescom 2013, showing off the nation’s achievements in video gaming to a global audience. Wayi International Digital Entertainment Co (華義國際), one of the firms attending the show, expressed optimism over its chances of expanding internationally. The company said on Friday that the three games it displayed at the fair have drawn enthusiastic inquiries since the event started on Wednesday last week, attracting potential business partners from around the world. Organizers expected the fair to attract about 275,000 visitors before it ended yesterday.
TEDxTaipei seeks ‘flippers’
The annual TEDxTaipei event set for next month will feature speakers from Taiwan and abroad. The program of talks will be held on Sept. 28 and Sept. 29 at the Huashan 1914 Creative Park in Taipei. Now in its fifth year, the conference will be held under a central theme of “flip” this year and will cover topics such as technology, nature, education, business, youth and traditional crafts, organizers said. “This generation calls for a collective momentum to ‘flip’ and jumpstart Taiwan,” TEDxTaipei said on its Web site, inviting attendees to “flip,” or break away from their old ways of thinking to move the nation forward. TEDxTaipei is a version of the Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) conference, which invites “thinkers and doers” from around the world to give talks of less than 18 minutes to spread inspirational ideas.