Taiwan not only has the most complete semiconductor industry chain in the world, but also has many small and medium-sized enterprises exemplifying professionalism and excellence in their respective industries. Through various forums and symposiums led by our flagship "Global Taipei Dialogue," Taiwan NextGen Foundation brings together experts and industry professionals in the fields of technology innovation, film and television media, environmental protection, cultural creativity, etc., to jointly explore Taiwan’s soft power and future paths of development.
During this forum, co-hosted by GO SMART, Taiwan NextGen Foundation, Startup Terrace and the Taipei Computer Association, we explored how Taiwan’s technological prowess in smart city solutions can help expand the nation’s international space.
Taiwan is internationally recognized as a technological hub and one of the most essential actors for the global semiconductor manufacturing industry. The highly urbanized island nation is also a leader of smart city technologies, which allow decision makers to utilize data purposefully and deliver a better quality of life in various areas, ranging from connectedness to public safety, and from sustainability to public health.
In the Smart City Index 2021, recently published by the IMD Business School, Taipei City ranked second in Asia and fourth globally. The nation’s aptitude in developing and applying smart city solutions is also an important area of its global engagement, despite having its international status described as a “geopolitical absurdity.”
Amid the newfound openness between Taiwan and Central Eastern European countries, smart city solutions constitute an important area of shared interest, particularly in the cases of Slovakia and Poland. Exchange of best practices and technical cooperation in the field of smart cities not only fosters local and industry innovation, but also allows Taiwan to, at least partially, circumvent its international isolation by pursuing collaboration and integration with overseas cities and towns.
2021 Global Taipei Dialogue XII: Film, Television, Video and Taiwan's Soft Power
On September 29, Taiwan NextGen Foundation hosted our Global Taipei Dialogue XII: Film, TV, Video and Taiwan's Soft Power. Our guest speakers included Issac Wang, producer of "Island Nation", Taiwan's first political drama series, and Tobie Openshaw, a documentary filmmaker and photographer whose work was featured by National Geographic, Discovery, and more.
During the event, our audience had the opportunity to critically interrogate how the Taiwan Story, told through the means of film, television, and video, can bolster our country’s soft power arsenal. What are some unique characteristics of Taiwanese works of film and television? To what extent do they help promote Taiwan internationally? And what initiatives have taken root in Taiwan to internationalize our nation’s audiovisual productions?
According to Director Wang, Taiwan’s story of peaceful transition to democracy is one worth telling—particularly within the context of democratic backsliding and growing influence of the Communist Party of China around the world. Nevertheless, Mr. Openshaw remarked that while commissions in Taiwan promote big projects such as “Seqalu: Formosa 1867” and “Island Nation,” and welcome international productions — “for the little guy, it’s really, really hard … they don’t want to talk to you.” He called for greater support for grassroots initiative, and stories that give voice to vulnerable communities, such as Indigenous filmmakers.
Kuan-Ting Chen, CEO of Taiwan NextGen Foundation, commented, “Our think tank takes great pride in our mission to make Taiwan more sustainable, diverse, and inclusive. Both of our speakers have sought to shed light on Taiwan’s political development, and issues related to indigenous rights and culture, myth and folklore as well as climate resilience. I am thus very pleased that we were able to dissect the big questions of diversity and inclusion through the lens of video.”
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2021 Global Taipei Dialogue XI: COVID-19 and Human Rights of Migrants
Taiwan NextGen and Taiwan Asia Exchange Foundation co-hosted the 11th "Global Taipei Dialogue" on the evening of the 26th (Thursday) to discuss the situation of migrant workers under the global epidemic, and invited Yung-Ta Chien (Freelance Journalist and Author), Lennon Yi-Da Wong (Serve the People Association), Lâm Quế Kim (Taoyuan City New Immigrants Association), and Fr. Peter Nguyen Van Hung (The Vietnamese Migrant Workers and Immigrants Office) to share their insights.
2021 Global Organization of Smart Cities
We hosted GO SMART, an international organization of smart cities and platform created by the Taipei City Government to operate as a facilitator for entrepreneurship, investment, and “smartification” of global cities. Making cities more efficient and able to handle increasing environmental, economic, and social pressures is a pressing need that is going to be encountered more and more frequently both in newly developing cities and cities with aging infrastructure. Often there is much more friction in implementing smart city plans than initially meets the eye, making organizations like GO Smart incredibly useful for those who are pursuing government support for their projects, and governments who are seeking innovators.
2021 Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats Evening Social
July 7th, the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD) held an evening social, in which TNF researchers and interns got to know their counterparts from around the region. This event helped deepen our connections with like-minded, politically active citizens, and shorter discussions like these also help us keep our communication skills sharp.
Global Taipei Dialogue IX: Environmental Governance and Soft Power
This forum invited Dr. Tsung-Yi Lin, the dean of the Department of Geography at National Taiwan Normal University, Mr. Tim Schütz, a visiting scholar from the School of Innovation at National Chengchi University, and Mr. Nate Maynard, an environmental educator and host of Ghost Island Media, to give the lectures at Global Taipei Dialogue.
Bilingual Education Discussion
Taiwan NextGen visited Minsyong Junior High School in Chiayi County, and held talks with the Principal and the Chair of the Parent-Teacher Association on topics related to bilingual education and international student exchanges.
Global Taipei Dialogue: Performing Arts and Multilingualism
Taiwan NextGen Foundation was honored to host the 8th Global Taipei Dialogue (GTD) on Saturday March 27th at the Main Hall of the Kishu An Forest of Literature. The event hosted distinguished guests Mr. Maxime Ramon from the Belgian Office in Taipei and Ms. Shih Hsin-Yuan (施馨媛) from the National Theater and Concert Hall (國家兩廳院).
The audience was also treated to a quadrilingual theatre arts showcase courtesy of the Formosa Improv Group and a panel discussion with arts organizers.
2021 Seminar on Smart City Tech
Taiwan NextGen thanks Ms. Ming-Snan Ng from ETH Zurich, Dr. Jürgen Hackl, professor at the University of Liverpool, and Ms. Tracey Chang from National Taiwan University BIM for their presentations on applications of smart city technology in policy decisions. Taiwan NextGen will continue to jointly promote smart city related research with scholars from around the world.
2021 Rong-Guan Social Welfare Institution in New Taipei City
Colleagues from the Taiwan NextGen Foundation visited the Rong-Guan Social Welfare Institution in New Taipei City. During the visit, staff at Rong-Guan and representatives of the Taiwan NextGen Foundation discussed various issues confronted by social workers and children in need.
2020 6th Global Taipei Dialogue
This forum discussed freedom of speech challenges faced by the media in Asia. Participating speakers included Reporters Without Borders East Asia Bureau Director, Cédric Alviani, The Telegraph East Asia correspondent, Nicola Smith, special correspondent for Deutsche Welle East Asia, William Yang, and founder of New Bloom, Brian Hioe. Panelists discussed issues such as media freedom, fake news, and the quality of news content.
2020 All Hands Taiwan
Taiwan NextGen Foundation participated in the All Hands Taiwan international job fair and shared information about educational programs such as the bilingual Global Taipei Dialogue series.
Taiwan NextGen’s bilingual events can be helpful for job seekers who are trying to improve their bilingual abilities in line with Taiwan’s 2030 bilingual initiative to make Taiwan more internationally competitive.
2020 Where do chickens come from?
The Taiwan NextGen Foundation promotes education on the food production process. NextGen CEO Kuan-Ting Chen visited the Changhua chicken farm of Liangyi Yao, the former general manager of the Taipei Livestock Company. The two discussed chicken husbandry, life education, as well as food and agriculture education. Mr. Yao pointed out that the recent issue of American pork has generated interest in the importance of meat origin labeling and as well as meat quality. However, in addition to pork imports, all meat products should be garnering such attention. Mr. Yao called on the relevant departments to expand their attention to incorporate all meat labeling to promote openness and transparency of product information.
2017 Panel on AR Technology’s Industrial Applications and Future Prospect
Legislators Ming-wen Chen and Yung-chang Chiang co-hosted October’s Panel on AR Technology’s Industrial Applications and Future Prospect. Guests from academia, governmental, and the tech industry were invited to discuss how the parliament can play a role in helping Taiwan’s augmented reality (AR) industries grow and survive in the face of competition. NextGen was honored to have legislators Tai-Hua Lin and Karen Yu join the discussion.
Taiwan’s technology industry and academic research institutions have been working tirelessly showing significant progress in AR, however government strategy and support lags behind. To address this issue the audience included officials from Ministries of Economic Affairs, Culture, Education, Science, and Technology, as well as National Development Council, to participate in the discussion surrounding the following challenges:
1. Entry barriers for local companies investing in the R&D of AR technology
2. Policy-based approach to establishing an indigenous AR industry supply chain and ecosystem.
3. Training of AR/VR professionals and bridging the gap between academia and the commercial world.
Taiwan NextGen sincerely believes this panel discussion will start a series of extensive, sustainable, and passionate conversations between stakeholders, and the foundation on which to make Taiwan’s AR/VR industry a reality.
2017 Panel on the Future Prospect of AMOLED Industry
Historically, Taiwan owes much of its economic success to the electronics industry. However, currently this industry is facing multifaceted competition. We must ask ourselves: what are Taiwan’s core competencies within this particular industry, and where are we in the growth cycle in relation to our competitors? This question can only be answered through an in-depth understanding of the sector and global market trends.
Senior Legislator Ming-wen Chen and Taiwan NextGen Foundation hosted the Panel on the Future Prospect of AMOLED Industry. Members from the National Development Council,the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Industrial Technology Research Institute, and policy staffers from the Parliament were invited. This panel began with an introduction to the state of Taiwan’s AMOLED industry by Dr. Ke-tai Chu from Kingmaker Optics and was followed by a technology demonstration.
Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode (AMOLED) is a revolutionary successor of the OLED display technology. AMOLED consumes less power and proves to have higher refresh rates (thus reducing response time) than OLED display. This technology is already an essential feature on smartphones, including Apple’s iPhone X. Taiwan NextGen Foundation aims to gather support from allies in the government, industry, academia, and the parliament to help remove business barriers to these innovative Taiwanese enterprises.