TAIPEI, Taiwan – Leading web and mobile services demo event IDEAS Show will be held at the Taipei International Convention Center (TICC) on July 27, 2011. Guided by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (ROC), Institute for Information Industry (III)’s IDEAS Show is the web sector’s ‘Computex’, bringing together entrepreneurs, venture capital investors, internet professionals and telecoms companies to discover new opportunities for growth and the next stars of the Internet.

This year, IDEAS Show will open with a keynote by leading social gaming entrepreneur and venture capitalist, current General Manager at Zynga Japan, Shintaro Yamada, in his first trip to Taiwan. Mr. Yamada will draw on his wealth of experience as a developer of eCommerce and social games, giving the audience an insight into how money-making applications can be made.

Mr Yamada’s speech will also cover his experiences of venture capital investments. Rounding out the session will be a panel discussion on “The Next Web, New Trends”, featuring a panel of esteemed entrepreneurs working here in Taiwan and abroad, giving the session an international feel. And to talk financials, IDEAS Show will also feature a chance for entrepreneurs to get one-on-one with venture capitalists, in a side event themed specifically to discuss business.

But of course, the highlight of each annual event is the 6-minute demos by the startup teams. This year, aside from the usual honor that accompanies winning the judges favor, prizes awarded by Asus WebStorage and Intel will also be given to those teams which can stand the pressure and prove their worth. For the full event program, please refer to the website at: http://ideashow.web20.org.tw/

Foreign & Domestic Angels, Venture Capitalists Pay Attention!
Continuing on the successes of 2010 IDEAS Show, this year’s event has attracted the attention of both Taiwan-based and foreign-based investors, proving Taiwan’s web and mobile sectors are gaining ground on the island’s hardware core competency. This year, the likes of CyberAgent, Qualcomm, Zynga Japan, AppWorks Ventures, 18 Capital and more will be on site to see what the IDEAS Show teams have been working on.

20 Teams, 6 Minutes

After moving through a selection process that included preliminary and semi-final stages, 20 teams will be featuring on the IDEAS Show stage. Each team will have just 6 minutes to make their final presentations to the panel of esteemed judges from academic, professional, financial and media disciplines. Featured teams include mobile applications, social network applications, cloud technology, and services which integrate physical objects with the Android mobile platform. In terms of awards, generous donations have been made by our corporate partners:

  • Asus WebStorage Innovation Award (x1)The winning team will receive NT$100,000 (US$3,400), mentoring from the Asus team plus the chance to work with Asus sharing open source resources.
  • Intel Business Award (x1)The winning team (2 team members) will be given an all expenses paid trip to participate in the Intel Challenge, held in California, USA.
  • Expo Area, 60 Startups

This year’s IDEAS Expo event will feature close to 60 of Taiwan’s most innovative and exciting internet startups. IDEAS Expo maintains the atmosphere of an exposition, allowing for more interaction with the teams, product demonstrations and opportunities to discuss collaboration. Those teams looking for new members can actively advertise new positions by appealing to the crowd on the event’s secondary stage. IDEAS Expo is free admission throughout the day.

2011 IDEAS Show will be held on July 27, 2011 between 9.00am and 4.00pm,at the Taipei International Conference Center (TICC). Concessionary tickets are on sale now, with a chance to win a year’s free online movie rental service from Sonet, if bought before July 7. Other discounted tickets are available for students, academics and III incubated teams. To purchase tickets please visit: http://ideashow.web20.org.tw/