IDEAS Show is a conference and startup pitching platform that’s the highlight of the Taiwan scene’s calendar. The keynote for this year’s event is social gaming giant Zynga’s Japan country manager, Shintaro Yamada. He joined Zynga through its acquisition of Unoh, the social game developer he founded right out of college, last August. Yamada’s long experience with Japanese social games and his novel route to leading Zynga there should provide an interesting perspective, especially given Taiwan’s history and penchant for things Japanese.
Then there are the startup pitches. Twenty Taiwanese startups will also be given six minutes each to pitch a judging panel to try to win prizes from Asus and Intel. The Taiwanese PC-maker will give one startup a cash prize of about US$3,400, mentoring and general “resource-sharing”. Intel’s prize, however, is an all-expenses-paid entry into another business competition — The Intel Challenge — in California. The organizers promise that companies will be presenting cloud technologies, and social network and mobile apps.
Besides the paid conference program, IDEAS Show will also feature a free exhibition of 60 Taiwanese startups. IDEAS Show is organized by the Taiwan government’s Institute for Information Industry, which industry observers praise for its savvy and startup-focused management, and which people usually refer to as “triple-I”.
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