2018 Taiwan Design Expo-International Design Forum invited international experts to share different design aspects
Oct 18, 2018

TAICHUNG CITY, Taiwan, Oct. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Taichung City Government began hosting the 2018 Taiwan Design Expo on August 15th at Taichung Cultural and Creative Industries Park for a total 33-days of exhibition. This year the design expo took on the theme of the dialogue between "soft" and "hard," the expo focused on the future to explore diverse aspects, including digital technology, smart materials, craftsmanship, and urban design.

The design expo showcased the design power Taichung possesses while the design forum on Sep 13th and 14th highlighted the connection Taichung bridges with international cities that invest in design. At both the opening ceremony and during his speech, Taichung City Mayor Lin, Chia-Lung spoke about the city's future: "Taichung is ready to bid for the 2022 World Design Capital by embedding design into our city's planning, and, through the design expo this year and the floral expo around the corner, as well as the infrastructure of the riverside regeneration and Shuinan Smart city, citizens and industries will benefit from design, and Taichung will continue to be the most livable city in Taiwan."

Invited as one of the guest speakers, WDO president-elect Mr. Srini Srinivasan emphasized that design should emerge in society and citizens' daily life not only to catalyze the combination of old and new cultural elements, but also to influence economic and social issues - the ultimate power of design. This was also echoed by Board member Chen Shi-Kuan's remarks that bidding for the WDC title is only the beginning of thinking about how to improve life quality and economic growth. This process can only be successful when joined by design industries and citizens, and that communication is the DNA of a design city.

The forum also celebrated with speakers from 8 cities: Hong Kong, Jakarta, Manila, Kobe, Toyama, Cape Town, Montreal and Paris. Speakers were invited to offer diverse perspectives and introduce multiple design roles through discussions across disciplines, borders, and topics. As Mayor Lin Chia-Lung said, the concept of Design To Connect has made Taichung become a hub for architecture, creative industries and design, and the design forum stands as the platform for these designers to deliver their views on the power of design and shows what Taichung has to offer to connect with international design cities. He hopes that this forum opens up future opportunities with international design affairs and is a stepping stone for Taichung to enter the international design stage.

Source: Taichung City Government, 2018 Taiwan Design Expo-International Design Forum

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Electronics Fair & electronicAsia Attract Nearly 87,000 Buyers
Oct 17, 2018

16 October 2018 - The 38th HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition) and the 22nd electronicAsia concluded today, attracting close to 87,000 buyers from 139 countries and regions over a four-day period. Buyer attendance grew from a number of countries and regions including mature markets such as Canada, Italy, Singapore, Taiwan and the UK, and emerging markets such as Brazil, the Chinese mainland, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Russia. More than 63,500 buyers visited the Autumn Electronics Fair while over 23,400 visitors attended electronicAsia. The Electronics Fair was organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), while electronicAsia was jointly organised by the HKTDC and MMI Asia.

HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau said: “In the face of global economic uncertainty, Hong Kong companies are pushing to strengthen R&D and develop new technologies in a bid to launch innovative electronic products. At the two fairs, we saw how they are successfully applying advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR) to a wide range of electronic products, attracting the attention of global buyers. Thematic zones at the fairs, such as the Tech Hall and Hall of Fame, helped to meet the needs of the industry while a series of events at the Autumn Electronics Fair helped to introduce the products and technologies of start-up companies to potential buyers, partners, investors and the media, assisting them to capture new business opportunities.”

The HKTDC commissioned an independent survey during the fair period, interviewing a total of 1,043 exhibitors and buyers on the outlook for the electronics market and new product trends. Some 60% of respondents said the recent Sino-US trade friction has had a negative effect on their export performance. Around 40% of respondents said they expect their company’s overall sales to grow this year – 13 percentage points lower than the proportion that gave the same response in 2017. In terms of markets with growth prospects, survey respondents view Japan as the most promising traditional market (75%), followed by South Korea (73%) and Western Europe (72%), while the Chinese mainland (77%), Middle East (76%) and ASEAN countries (76%) are seen to have the best prospects among emerging markets.

In terms of product trends, the survey reveals that audio-visual products (17%) have the most growth potential in 2019, followed by electronic/electrical accessories (14%) and digital imaging (9%). For AR and virtual reality (VR) devices, almost 80% of respondents are optimistic about the market development in the next two years, while most respondents think that mobile and online games (57%) and audio-visual entertainment devices (45%) have the largest market potential. For robotics applications, 67% of respondents say they are optimistic about market developments in the next two years, with entertainment purposes such as toy robots (40%) having the largest market potential, followed by home applications such as vacuum cleaners (36%) and medical applications such as rehabilitation treatments (24%).

Spotlighting AI and Other Innovations
The Tech Hall at the Electronics Fair featured five thematic zones, including Robotics & Unmanned Tech, Smart Tech, Virtual Reality, 3D Printing and Startup zones. First-time exhibitor Tuya Global showcased its AI solutions for smart home appliances and lighting products, hoping to expand its overseas markets. Morgan Fang, Business Development Manager of Tuya Global, said: “Many buyers want to upgrade their traditional products into smart products. We established connections with new buyers from Europe, North America and Southeast Asia during the fair and are now discussing cooperation plans.”

Taiwanese start-up exhibitor Serafim Technologies showcased a virtual laser projection keyboard that attracted a lot of attention from buyers. GZ Chen, CEO of the company, said they have met with new buyers from Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland, Southeast Asia, Germany, Italy and Russia, and have secured orders for a total of 5,000 sets. He said the business results from the fair were very encouraging.

Under the theme “AI Empowerment – Grow without Limits”, the Symposium on Innovation & Technology featured representatives from the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI), Cisco, Deloitte, IBM, Microsoft, Pfizer and SenseTime. They discussed how AI can empower organisations and affect the employment picture, as well as some of the challenges associated with AI implementation. The symposium attracted more than 1,260 participants.

Buyers Place On-the-spot Orders
Australian buyer Jaka Exstrada took part in the Autumn Electronics Fair for the first time. He identified six potential suppliers of advanced driver-assistance systems and breathalysers through the HKTDC business matching service, and plans to buy a container of products from each supplier after the fair. He has also placed an order with an existing supplier from the Chinese mainland for air quality products worth US$200,000.

At electronicAsia, Malaysian buyer CH Ooi placed an order worth up to US$60,000 for liquid-crystal displays (LCDs) and measurement instruments. He said that talks were also underway with several new suppliers from the Chinese mainland for GPS-related tracking devices, including sensors and cameras, and the potential orders could be valued up to US$200,000.

Media Enquiries
Please contact the HKTDC’s Communication and Public Affairs Department:

Sunny Ng Tel: (852) 2584 4357 Email: sunny.sl.ng@hktdc.org
Joshua Cheng Tel: (852) 2584 4395 Email: joshua.cp.cheng@hktdc.org

November 29, Golden Pin Design Award 2018 Forum - Design and Social Responsibility
Oct 17, 2018

Taipei, TAIWAN --( ASIA TODAY )-- On November 29 at the Multi-Showcase Hall in Taipei’s Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, the Golden Pin Design Award holds its annual Forum where trailblazing international designers speak to Taiwan’s design community. This year’s theme is design and social responsibility, discussing how designers can better serve society. The Forum’s speakers, who come from the Netherlands, Japan, USA, and Singapore, offer solutions to problems that exist between economic development and human or environmental welfare.

Famous TV news anchor, Lulu Hsia hosts the Forum, and the keynote address will be given by Chi-Yi Chang, Chairman of Taiwan Design Center. After the introductions, the four international design experts take to the stage, each speaking for twenty-minutes, then answering questions from Lulu Hsia for ten-minutes. Their topics, addressing design and social responsibility, range from education to business and culture.

Early bird tickets are available from October 15-31 via Accupass for just NT$500, and starting from November 1 the standard admission price is NT$600. Group tickets are also available from October 15. The talks are given in English, Chinese, and Japanese, while translation devices are available to everyone in attendance. Doors open at 9am, and each talk lasts for half an hour, finishing at 12pm.

Tickets: accupass.com/event/1810110808251321526525
When: Monday, November 29, 9AM - 12PM
Where: Multi-Showcase Hall, Songshan Cultural and Creative Park

Chi-Yi Chang, Chairman of Taiwan Design Center (Taiwan)
Chi-Yi Chang is dedicated to raising the quality of architecture in Taiwan and promoting aesthetics in education. The current Chairman of Taiwan Design Center, he also holds positions as Vice President for General Affairs and Professor in the Graduate Institute of Architecture at National Chiao Tung University, as well as Vice Chairman at Xue Xue Foundation.

Ad van Berlo, Founder of VanBerlo (Netherlands)
Dutch designer and visionary, Ad van Berlo introduces his theory of ‘Creative Equity’, which is his vision for better returns on innovation. His study establishes a model that can measure and quantify an organization’s potential for innovation. Founder of VanBerlo, and founding partner of IQ+ Innovation Capitalist, he also holds a teaching position at Eindhoven University of Technology.

Kashiwa Sato, Creative Director of SAMURAI Inc. (Japan)
Rockstar of the Japanese graphic design industry, Kashiwa Sato talks on ‘Creating new perspective for early learning’. His talk centers on the case of Fuji Kindergarten in Tokyo, which follows the Montessori Method whereby children are granted the freedom to learn through discovery. Aside from his role as Creative Director at SAMURAI Inc., Sato is also a bestselling author on subjects related to design thinking.

Edmond Bakos, Managing Director of CHAMPALIMAUD Design (USA)
American interior designer and architect, Edmond Bakos discusses ‘How One Lives: The Designer as Cultural Anthropologist’. His projects, as Managing Director of CHAMPALIMAUD Design, see him traveling all around the globe. As a result, he encounters diverse cultural understandings of luxury, which leads him think of his profession as cultural anthropology before architecture or design.

Chris Lee, Founder and Creative Director of Asylum (Singapore)
Maverick of the Singaporean creative sphere, Chris Lee titles his talk ‘Once upon a time…Making history relevant to a new generation’, in which he discusses design education. Outside of his role as Founder and Creative Director of Asylum, he is also a founding member and ex-President of The Design Society, a non-profit organization that aims to promote visual culture through exhibitions, workshops and education.

About the Golden Pin Design Award Group
The annual Golden Pin Design Award is the longest-running international design award that celebrates products or projects expressly created for and within huaren (Chinese-speaking) communities, offering entrants an unprecedented opportunity to prove their prowess in the world’s largest market.

The Golden Pin Design Award Group is comprised of two international awards — the Golden Pin Design Award, the Golden Pin Concept Design Award — and the Young Pin Design Award for students in Taiwan. The Golden Pin Design Award Group is executed by the Taiwan Design Center and organized by the Industrial Development Bureau, Ministry of Economic Affairs. The Ministry of Economic Affairs acts in an advisory capacity.

For more insight into what it means to design for huaren communities, visit designperspectives.org/

For the latest news on the Golden Pin Design Award, visit:
Official Website: goldenpin.org.tw/en/
Facebook: facebook.com/GoldenPinDesign/
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Weibo: weibo.com/GoldenPinDesign
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International Media Enquiries
Daniel Cunningham
International Project & PR Marketing Manager, DDG
+886 2 23117007 x 402

Award Enquiries
Janice Cheng
Project Manager, Taiwan Design Center
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2019 Taipei International Sporting Goods Show and Taipei CYCLE Jointly Build Asia’s Sporting and Fitness Goods Procurement Platform
Oct 12, 2018

The 2019 Taipei International Sporting Goods Show (TaiSPO) will be held in Taiwan World Trade Center (TWTC) Hall 1 and Hall 3 along with the Taiwan International Diving and Water Sports Show (DiWaS) and Taipei International Sports Textile and Accessory Expo (SPOMODE) from March 28 to 30 next year (2019). Furthermore, TaiSPO will be held during the same event period as Taipei CYCLE, one of the world's top three bicycle exhibitions, and the total number of booths is expected to reach 4,800, creating Asia's most complete sporting goods procurement platform. This platform will provide professionals from around the world with information on the industry's latest trends, and will also provide excellent opportunities for discussing business partnerships.

Global fitness trends and smart sporting business opportunities drive industrial development

The global fitness trend continues to drive the development of domestic and overseas fitness industries. According to statistics of the International Health Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), revenue from gyms worldwide reached US$87.2 billion; the total number of members reached over 170 million and is expected to grow to 230 million by 2030. The annual TaiSPO is the best time for major domestic fitness equipment manufacturers to display their latest products and develop business opportunities. Major fitness equipment manufacturers that participated in the 2018 event include Johnson, Dyaco, Tong Geng, Joong Cheen, Strength Master, HealthStream, and Sports Art. As in previous years, the 2019 event will have a fitness equipment, outdoor sporting equipment, diving equipment, water sports equipment, sportswear and accessories, and ball sporting goods area, furthermore, the "smart sporting area" and "sporting and fitness service area" will be even bigger.

Taiwan Smart Textiles Association to take part for the first time

The smart sporting area will showcase solutions for applying smart wearable devices and clothing in sporting and fitness. The solutions were developed by members of Taiwan Smart Textiles Association, including Everest Textile and Tex-Ray Industrial. Other products that will be displayed include smart fitness system solutions and AR/VR sporting applications. This is expected to cause electronics and textiles industries to form cross-industry alliances with Taiwan's sporting and fitness industry. Furthermore, according statistics of the Ministry of Finance, the number of gyms in Taiwan grew 119% over the last three years, and there are high expectations for future business opportunities. The "sporting and fitness service area" will be expanded to include gym management, gym operation, sports instructions, and sports nutrition, linking together the entire fitness industry ecosystem.

The event continues to grow with more than 25,000 visitors in 2018!

The 2018 TaiSPO attracted a total of 325 exhibitors that used nearly 1,700 booths, attracting over 25,000 visitors and over 1,700 buyers from around the world, nearly 110 one-to-one trade meetings were held. Furthermore, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics can be expected to bring a new wave of business opportunities for Taiwan's sporting and fitness industry.

A variety of activities will be held during the 2019 event period, including fitness industry related forums, smart sporting seminars, and new product experience activities, helping domestic and foreign buyers and related companies gain information on the latest products and future market trends. Furthermore, excellent products that best represent Taiwan's innovative research & development and design ability are selected through the Innovation Award and Innovative Design Award, which show the latest concepts and highest quality products, attracting the attention of international buyers and providing exposure in international media.

For more details and information on the shows and seminars, please visit the official website:

Taipei International Sporting Goods Show (TaiSPO): www.taispo.com.tw

To register for the event, please call the organizer TAITRA:

Tel: +886-2-2725-5200 ext. 2221 or 2658
Email: taispo@taitra.org.tw

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2018 TAITRONICS and AIoT Taiwan Open to Reshape the future with New Technologies
Oct 12, 2018

The 2018 Taipei International Electronics Show (TAITRONICS) and Taiwan International AIoT Show (AIoT Taiwan), jointly organized by Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association (TEEMA), see their grand opening on October 9 at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Hall1. Mr. Ming-Hsin Kung, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), Mr. James C. F. Huang, Chairman of TAITRA, Mr. T. C. Gou, Chairman of TEEMA, and Mr. Pankaj Kumar, Additional Secretary of Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, India, unveiled the themes and highlights of TAITRONICS 2018 and AIoT Taiwan 2018.

The four-day show will highlight the theme “Transforming for an Innovative Future.” In parallel, the inaugural edition of “AIoT Taiwan” will be held, bringing renowned firms including Chunghwa Telecom, Advantech, Lite-On Technology, Delta Electronics, , Mobiletron, Protech Systems, Good Will Instrument, TES Electrical Electronic Tenmars Electronics, ECE, TARO &TYC, and The System Group. These companies come together under one roof and attract more than 350 exhibitors using over 650 booths.

Organizers have joined forces with strategic cooperative partners and dedicated media channels to host a spate of forums and seminars during the exhibition period, conduct deep discussions on such subjects as AIoT development trends, India-Taiwan Electronics Meet, and edge computing. Experts with forward-looking perspectives and high tech content are invited to explore and analyze the positioning of industries within tech development trends, to inspire new-generation innovation capabilities.

TEEMA, TAITRA, and the Asia Pacific Industrial Analysis Association (APIAA) have joined forces again to jointly host the “2nd Innovative Smart Application Competition.” This event aims to expand AIoT technological applications and innovations, encourage exhibitors to organize cross-industry, cross-trade and cross-border competition teams, and create new AI and IoT business opportunities. This year, 12 award-winning products have been selected and will join the dedicated exhibit area “Smart Innovation Application Award Winner's Hall of Fame”, which will allow the interactive situational presentation of 12 AIoT application products and solutions.

The organizers are expecting to attract more than 1,500 international buyers to the show. In order to efficiently assist international buyers search for potential partners with excellent products, TAITRA will organize one-on-one procurement meetings, matching the business opportunities of the supply and demand. At the same time, the largest Taiwan’s national B2B e-commerce portal - Taiwantrade will provide assist businesses everywhere in finding quality suppliers and products from Taiwan.

For more information on TAITRONICS and AIoT Taiwan, its exhibitors, forums and activities, please check out the official website: www.taitronics.tw.

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Nordbygg 2018 was a success – now we look ahead to 2020!
Oct 10, 2018

With 48,000 visitors, 930 high-quality exhibitors and 250 well-visited seminars, Nordbygg 2018 was a success with both the public and the exhibitors. The arrangers are now looking forward to 2020 with confidence, in particular because more than 50 percent of the exhibitor space has already been booked.

This year’s Nordbygg was the best ever! This was the message from the visitor survey, in which visitors rated this year’s fair 4.4 out of a possible 5 – the highest rating ever. The ambition to develop Nordbygg has proven to be a success. This is confirmed by one-third of the visitors, who consider the fair to have improved in recent years.

“It naturally feels really great that our efforts have been appreciated. And there were more visitors this year than in 2016. We are particularly pleased that we are the industry leader when it comes to the number of female visitors. The fact that half of the exhibition space for 2020 is already booked, as well is proof that even the exhibitors are satisfied,” says Peter Söderberg, Event Manager for Nordbygg.

Size and breadth set the fair apart

Peter Söderberg believes that there are several reasons behind the strong results.
One is that the fair is well structured and thus manageable, its' size, the breadth among the exhibitors, the number of interesting events and the large number of new products and services are also important. The exhibitors appreciated the international interest, which was record-strong this year, as was the number of visitors with a decision-making mandate.

A relevant seminar program filled the chairs quickly. One of the most popular discussed the fire at Grenfell Tower in London and also had a strong effect on the audience.

“The important message was that we must be better at working together to promote fire safety and knowledge about materials from a fire safety perspective, and we must have a better control system in Sweden,” summarizes Anneli Kouthoofd, CEO of Byggmaterialindustrierna, an umbrella organization for the building materials industry, and moderator at the lecture.

New technology here to stay

The fact that this year’s Nordbygg was also filled with digital perspectives, both in the seminar program and on the exhibition floor, was also appreciated. This was manifested by Nordic Contech’s decision to launch its meeting place for digital innovations in the construction industry at the fair.

“New technology is now establishing itself in the building sector. This will be even more evident at Nordbygg 2020,” says Peter Söderberg.


Peter Söderberg,Nordbygg's Event Manager, peter.soderberg@stockholmsmassan.se
phone +46 8-749 43 93

Pär Jonasson, Press Relations Manager, par.jonasson@stockholmsmassan.se
mobile +46 70-486 90 34

Carolina Ekman, Press Relations Manager, carolina.ekman@stockholmsmassan.se
mobile +46 70-789 41 35

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Cutting-Edge Crossovers take Centerstage at SIGGRAPH Asia 2018
Oct 10, 2018

The 11th edition of the conference unveils an exciting line-up of international speakers and the first Real-Time Live! showcase

TOKYO, Japan, 10 October 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- This year, cutting-edge developments take centerstage at SIGGRAPH Asia 2018. Themed Crossover, the 11th edition of the ACM SIGGRAPH Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques will showcase exciting crossovers and innovators who bring the best of art, digital technology and culture to life. SIGGRAPH Asia 2018 will take place from 4 to 7 December 2018 at the Tokyo International Forum (TIF) in Tokyo, Japan and is expected to attract close to 10,000 attendees from over 40 countries and regions.

"We are very excited to have the event back in Japan for the third time since the start of SIGGRAPH Asia in 2008,” said Dr. Ken Anjyo, SIGGRAPH Asia 2018 Conference Chair. "The 'Crossover’ theme reflects how computer graphics has remained at the forefront of technology development, making significant impact across the industry by changing the way we think, work and live. SIGGRAPH Asia has been able to reinvent itself each year, much like this year’s host country, Japan."

Future Forward Keynotes
The boundaries of Space, Origami and Robots will be explored by this year’s exciting line-up of keynote speakers. Keynote speakers are: David Oh, Senior Systems Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Erik Demaine, Professor in Computer Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Kaname Hayashi, CEO & Founder of GROOVE X (Inventor of the Robot “Pepper”), who will all draw on their extraordinary and acclaimed work to explore how they are testing the limits of engineering and design across very different disciplines.

The Featured Sessions segment will delve into technology advancements, character development and production behind some of today’s hottest films. Sessions include Beyond the Uncanny Valley: Creating Realistic Virtual Humans in the 21st Century with Christophe Hery, Pixar Animation Studios, Hiroshi Ishiguro, Osaka University, Matt Aitken, Weta Digital Ltd, Prasert “Sun” Prasertvithyakarn, Luminous Production and Erik Smitt, Pixar Animation Studios; Cinematography of Incredibles 2 - Function and Style by Erik Smitt, Pixar Animation Studios; The History of VFX at ILM from Jurassic Park to Ready Player One with Nigel Sumner and Nico Delbecq, ILM Singapore; From Gollum to Thanos: Characters at Weta Digital by Matt Aitken, Weta Digital Ltd and Behind the scenes of Solo – A Star Wars Story with Nigel Sumner and Atsushi Kojima, ILM Singapore.

Real-Time Live! Makes its SIGGRAPH Asia Debut
Real-Time Live! is a brand-new segment that allows attendees to watch breakthrough innovations presented and deconstructed by the people who created them. From mobile and console games to virtual and augmented reality, creators of cutting-edge real-time graphics will give attendees a look under the hood of their creations and share the techniques they use to achieve jaw-dropping results.

Core Conference Programs at SIGGRAPH Asia
Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques professionals working in research, animation, art, hardware, software, visualization, games, visual effects, virtual reality, augmented reality, high performance computing, will be able to share their work and exchange ideas at SIGGRAPH Asia’s conference programs. Programs include Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR), which provides the opportunity to explore emerging media and cutting-edge technologies in virtual, augmented, and mixed reality; the Emerging Technologies program showcases the development of research communities to pursue technological innovations and the Technical Papers, which is a much sought-after premier international forum for disseminating and discussing new scholarly work in computer graphics and interactive techniques and many others. Returning is the Computer Animation Festival; Asia's premier computer animation festival which showcases a world-wide collection of the year's best works. The festival will comprise of screenings and panels including presentations by industry experts related to computer animation and visual effects.

To register for SIGGRAPH Asia, and for more details of the program, visit our registration webpage. Best savings end 26 October 2018.

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About SIGGRAPH Asia 2018
The 11th ACM SIGGRAPH Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques in Asia (SIGGRAPH Asia 2018) will be held in Tokyo, Japan at the Tokyo International Forum from 4 to 7 December 2018. The annual event held in Asia attracts the most respected technical and creative people from all over the world who are excited by research, science, art, animation, gaming, interactivity, education and emerging technologies.

The four-day conference will include a diverse range of juried programs, such as the Art Gallery, Computer Animation Festival, Courses, Emerging Technologies, Posters, Technical Briefs, Technical Papers and Virtual & Augmented Reality. A three-day exhibition held from 5 – 8 December 2018 will offer a business platform for industry players to market their innovative products and services to the computer graphics and interactive techniques professionals and enthusiasts from Asia and beyond. For more information, please visit http://sa2018.siggraph.org. Find us on: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube with the official event hashtag, #SIGGRAPHAsia.

The ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques is an interdisciplinary community interested in research, technology, and applications in computer graphics and interactive techniques. Members include researchers, developers, and users from the technical, academic, business, and art communities. ACM SIGGRAPH enriches the computer graphics and interactive techniques community year-round through its conferences, global network of professional and student chapters, publications, and educational activities. For more information, please visit www.siggraph.org.

About Koelnmesse
Koelnmesse Pte Ltd is one of the world's largest trade fair companies. Its more than 80 trade fairs and exhibitions have the broadest international scope in the industry, as 60 percent of the exhibitors and 40 percent of the visitors come from outside Germany. The Koelnmesse events include leading global trade fairs for 25 sectors, such as Imm Cologne, Anuga, IDS, INTERMOT, Interzum Cologne, Photokina, Gamescom, and the International Hardware Fair Cologne. Koelnmesse is ACM SIGGRAPH’s event organizer for the last 10 editions of SIGGRAPH Asia. For more information, please visit www.koelnmesse.com.sg.

Media Contacts
Hitoshi Kasai
Head of Communications, SIGGRAPH Asia 2018
MIACIS Associates

Jamie Huang
Marketing & Media Partnerships, SIGGRAPH Asia 2018
Koelnmesse Pte Ltd

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JIGSAW International Music Festival Brings the Party to Macau Once Again with a World-Class DJ Line-up
Oct 09, 2018

teve Aoki to perform at The Venetian Macao alongside other top international DJs

HONG KONG, Oct. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- JIGSAW International Music Festival returns to Macau on 8 December 2018 to bring audiences a night of world-class DJ performances, headlined by the legendary Steve Aoki, and the latest in electronic dance music from around the globe. Last year, the inaugural festival drew a crowd of 10,000 people, with 100,000+ tuning in to the festival online via live broadcast. This year's event, organised by Elite Fun Entertainment Limited, will take place at The Venetian Macao Golden Light Exhibition Hall A from 9 PM to 5 AM, and will feature some of best in the international DJ scene. Headlining the festival will be Steve Aoki, who will perform alongside high-profile names such as Quintino, Ummet Ozcan, Carl Nunes, Quentin Mosimann, as well as Binary, DJ Chozie and DJ Rayray.

For JIGSAW International Music Festival 2018, organisers are working with a renowned stage production team to use creative stage design and lighting effects to put together the ultimate immersive and visually-inspiring EDM experience under the theme of "Future. Tech. Music". The event space, which can hold up to 10,000 people, has a unique central dance floor that extends across the hall, allowing audiences to get as close to the stage as possible. The dance floor is lined with VIP booths, offering a diverse selection of fine wines and snacks to truly create a music festival experience like no other.

Officials from Elite Fun Entertainment Limited said, "We plan to make JIGSAW International Music Festival into one of the landmark music extravaganzas in Macau, attracting electronic dance music lovers from across Asia, including Macau, Hong Kong and the Greater China region, to be a part of this movement. With JIGSAW, we have devoted ourselves to creating a diversified music and arts festival that brings together the unique styles of high-profile performers as well as rising stars in the international music scene. We hope to promote cultural integration, and bring a more creative and cultural experience to the city."

Headlining JIGSAW International Music Festival 2018 is none other than the Grammy-nominated producer and DJ, Steve Aoki. The Miami-born musician currently is #9 on the Top 100 DJs ranking by DJMAG and has collaborated with a long list of famous artists that include Daddy Yankee, Linkin Park, Fall Out Boy and more recently, Louis Tomlinson on the hit single, Just Hold On. Aoki tours over 200 international shows and music festivals annually, including Tomorrowland and Ultra Music Festival, and will surely bring the heat to the JIGSAW stage.

Also performing at JIGSAW 2018 is Dutch DJ and producer Quintino, who burst into the global dance music scene in 2011, when he released his album with Sandro Silva, Epic, which went platinum, setting the foundation for his successful career as an international DJ. He quickly jumped from #80 on DJMAG's list of TOP 100 DJs in 2016 to #32 in 2018, with major tracks "Freak" and "I Just Can't" crossing over 40 million views online.

Another high-profile name to appear in the JIGSAW 2018 line-up is Ummet Ozcan, whose hits include "Raise Your Hands", "Smash" and "Superwave". He has performed at major EDM festivals around the world such as Electric Daisy Carnival, Creamfields and Global Gathering. Carl Nunes, one the most influential DJs from Latin America, and Quentin Mosimann, #93 in the world according to DJMAG's Top 100 DJs, will also be taking over the JIGSAW stage this year. These performances will be supported by the also much-anticipated warm-up DJs, including Binary, DJ Chozie and DJ Rayray. With such a hard-hitting line-up, JIGSAW International Music Festival 2018 is setting out to be an unmissable night for EDM fans in Asia and around the world.

In celebration of the 2018 Macau International Start-up Week, a limited number of discounted Early Bird tickets for JIGSAW International Music Festival 2018 were on sale from 20-22 September 2018. A new round of Early Bird ticket sales will launch on 10 October. Further details will be announced soon.

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About JIGSAW International Music Festival

JIGSAW International Music Festival, led by Elite Fun Entertainment Limited, combines the best of music and stage production with a passion for electronic dance music (EDM). The inaugural festival took place in November 2017 and was attended by at least 10,000 festival-goers. JIGSAW seeks to create a unique festival experience for EDM lovers that promises the hottest international artists and elements that reflect the culture of the region as well as the latest trends in EDM.

About Elite Fun Entertainment Limited

Elite Fun Entertainment Limited is a one-stop-service entertainment production company operating out of Greater China. With their extensive industry expertise and network, the company is the go-to for clients across various industries looking for the best service, quality and production value in exhibitions and events. The company has successfully led concerts and other entertainment projects involving A-list performers from Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea, managing all aspects from venue liaison to advertisement production to talent sourcing and more.

Source: JIGSAW International Music Festival

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Energy-saving Products and Green Tech at Eco Expo Asia
Oct 09, 2018

9 October 2018 – Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, and co-organised by the Environment Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government, the 13th edition of Eco Expo Asia will run from 25 to 28 Oct at AsiaWorld-Expo, featuring some 330 exhibitors from 19 countries and regions.

Groups from the Chinese mainland’s Hunan, Zhaoqing and Inner Mongolia will participate for the first time, joining 13 international pavilions to showcase the latest green technologies. In line with the government’s efforts to push the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, various cities will gather in the Greater Bay Area Zone to present local green opportunities. The Environment Bureau will cooperate with different government departments to form an HKSAR Government booth, the largest zone at the expo, to promote environmental policies and a range of green projects.

“We are currently facing a range of environmental challenges across the globe,” said HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau. “The business sector and governments across Asia have been actively promoting waste reduction and energy saving. As Asia’s leading innovative technology hub, Hong Kong can provide the latest solutions for carbon reduction and drive the region’s development of the environmental industry through events such as Eco Expo Asia, bringing together a wide array of innovative green products and technologies.”

Mr Chau noted that there are plenty of business opportunities in the green market. According to the government’s Census and Statistics Department, the value added by Hong Kong’s environmental industry in 2016 was HK$8.4 billion, growing 6.7% year on year. Statistics also showed that investment in the environmental sector on the Chinese mainland, including environmental pollution control, waste management and energy-saving, is projected to exceed Rmb$15 trillion during the 13th Five-Year Plan period.

Commenting on the importance of Eco Expo Asia, Alice Cheung, Deputy Director of the Environmental Protection Department, said she hopes the event will enhance cooperation and exchange between the government and industry players, promote the enormous opportunities in Asia, encourage the business sector and government departments to conduct green sourcing, and help to raise public awareness on environmental issues.

Nine Thematic Zones: Startup Zone Showcases Innovative Green Technology

To promote waste-reduction awareness among businesses and the public, Eco Expo Asia has adopted a new theme this year – “Waste Less Save More for a Low-carbon Future”. The expo will feature nine thematic zones, including Green Buildings and Energy Efficiency, Green Transportation, Waste Management and Recycling and the Startup zone, presenting a comprehensive range of green products and technologies.

An increasing number of start-up companies are being attracted to invest in research and development in green products and technologies. The expo’s Startup Zone will feature products from 20 fledgling companies, offering them a prime opportunity to connect with potential investors and business partners. Some of the start-up products and technologies were showcased at today’s Eco Expo Asia press conference, with the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) highlighting its patented innovative soundproofing metamaterials that outperforms traditional soundproofing material such as sponge and rock wool. This pioneering technology is highly effective in blocking sound in adverse conditions and can be applied to power generation and energy systems, transportation and household appliances.

Green Transportation Zone: Ready and Charged for a Test Drive/Ride

One of the hottest environmental trends is the development of green transportation that will help to reduce exhaust emissions and carbon footprint. Several eco-vehicles and charging devices will be on display at the expo, including the Nissan e-NV200 electric car that is equipped with a 40kWh high-capacity lithium battery offering 80% chargeability in 40 minutes. Hyundai’s second-generation commercial hydrogen fuel cell electric car, Nexo, will also be presented at the expo. The model is the first hydrogen fuel cell electric SUV to be showcased in Hong Kong, with a drive distance of over 600 kilometres and a five-minute fuel fill time.

Visitors can enjoy a test drive or test ride of the electric vehicles at the expo. For registration, please visit the expo’s website (https://bit.ly/2RsVGJK) or queue on-site.

Eco Asia Conference: To Unveil Green Policies and Business Opportunities

The Eco Asia Conference will run concurrently with the expo, bringing together government officials and business leaders from various countries and regions to share their insights on a range of issues. Experts from Australia, Canada and Hong Kong will discuss smart water management solutions and the latest wireless sensor network for metropolitan smart drainage systems. Officials from the National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Industry & Information Technology and Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People’s Republic of China, together with other mainland officials, will share the country’s latest green policies and initiatives to prevent water pollution in the pan-Pearl River Delta region. In addition, the Hong Kong Construction Association and the Hong Kong Institute of Acoustics will organise the “Smart Construction for Quiet” Symposium, where experts from the United Kingdom, Australia and Singapore will discuss the latest developments in construction noise-control policies and innovative methods for quieter construction.

Green Mart and Workshops on Public Day to Promote Green Living

Eco Expo Asia will open its doors to the public on the last day of the event (28 Oct) to promote green living. Free shuttle bus services will be offered between the venue and other locations in the city throughout the fair period. Visitors can shop for innovative environmentally friendly products and health products at the Green Mart, and join sustainable workshops to make frosted glass jar lamps. The Start Small, Start Now documentary, which highlights Hong Kong’s plastic-waste problem, will also premiere on Public Day. At the Public Day Forum, a representative from the Hong Kong Observatory will assess the impact of global warming on Hong Kong while a Water Supplies Department representative will share tips on smart water usage.

The concurrent Hong Kong International Outdoor and Tech Light Expo (26-29 Oct) at the AsiaWorld-Expo will showcase outdoor lighting, industrial lighting, advertising lighting, lighting accessories, parts and components for construction design. In addition, the Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Autumn Edition) will be held from 27-30 Oct at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), creating synergy and more business opportunities for exhibitors.

Fair Website
Eco Expo Asia: www.ecoexpoasia.com/tc

Media Enquiries

Please contact the HKTDC’s Communication and Public Affairs Department:

Christine Kam Tel: (852) 2584 4514 Email: christine.kam@hktdc.org

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Dubai Film and TV Commission Announces the Media Partnership with Dubai International Content Market
Oct 07, 2018

Dubai --( ASIA TODAY )-- United Arab Emirates, 6 October 2018: Dubai Film and TV Commission - DFTC and Dubai International Content Market - DICM announced today a strategic media partnership to support the content industry in the UAE and the Middle East region.

With this new strategic partnership, production, post-production and dubbing companies can now take advantage of the ease and simplicity of this media platform and offer small businesses the most powerful marketing tool: an event that brings together media executives from all around the world.

Speaking ahead of the Dubai International Content Market, Jamal Al Sharif, Chairman of DFTC, said: “Events such as this are critical in continuing to build awareness about Dubai’s role as a global content and production hub. A key element of our important partnership with Dubai International Content Market is the opportunity to network with industry professionals from the region and around the world while also allowing us to continue to reaffirm the importance of Dubai as a burgeoning market for content production. As part of our efforts at the Dubai Film and TV Commission, we continue to build on the brilliant infrastructure offered in Dubai and develop a diverse, established talent pool that can help local, regional and international filmmakers while shooting in Dubai.”

“Dubai International Content Market has retained its position as the sole content exhibition in the Gulf region, providing content distribution firms, production and post production companies a unique opportunity to network, collaborate and generate new business partnerships. With a rich legacy in supporting media and entertainment companies in the UAE and around the world, we are highly confident that this annual gathering of leaders and professionals in the media industry, can become a hub for generating new businesses and a creative platform for the existing ones to grow.”, said, Eng. Anas Al Madani, Vice-Chairman and Group CEO of INDEX Holding.

He added, “As Dubai aims to establish itself as the one-stop-shop destination for content developers and filmmakers around the world, we believe that our new partnership with Dubai Film and TV Commission can play a crucial role in achieving that goal and this will further strengthen and enhance Dubai International Content Market’s offering as a leading diverse platform for media content buying, selling and content distribution companies, who aim to target lucrative markets in the Middle East North Africa region.”

The leading international entertainment content and media marketplace, DICM, is set to take place on the 9th and 10th of December this year at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel Conference Centre, and it is organized annually by INDEX Conferences and Exhibitions – a member of INDEX Holding.

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About Dubai Film and TV Commission
DFTC, a member of the Dubai Creative Clusters Authority, was established in 2012 through Executive Decree #16, issued by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. DFTC strives to establish Dubai as a global new media hub by attracting and developing talent, nurturing a commercially sustainable industry and fostering the latest innovations impacting the creative economy. DFTC is the sole entity authorized to issue shooting permits in Dubai for the purpose of media production, and serves as a one-stop shop for producers, filmmakers and creators to ensure that filming in Dubai is as easy and efficient as possible. For more information, please visit: http://www.filmdubai.gov.ae

About Dubai International Content Market (DICM)
DICM is the leading international entertainment content and media marketplace in the MENA region. It is essentially for networking, showcasing, producing, co-producing, selling, buying, financing and distributing entertainment content across all platforms. It provides professionals involved in the TV, film, animation, kids programmes, internet content, mobile content, social media, creative art, interactive entertainment, comics, apps, and digital media content industry with the perfect platform to conduct business. To learn more about DICM, please visit www.mycontent.ae

For more information about DICM, please contact:
Vlad Borovina
Project & Sales Manager
Email: vlad.borovina@index.ae | Direct: +97145208902 | Mob: +971523082428

For any media inquiries, please contact:
Suzan Mounzer
Public Relations & Social Media Manager
Email: suzan.mounzer@index.ae | Direct: +97145208830

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