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Microsoft DevDays Asia software development event kicks off in Taipei

MOEA Minister Shen Jong-chin (fourth left) is joined by business representatives and officials from home and abroad at the opening of DevDays Asia May 21 in Taipei City. (Courtesy of MOEA)
MOEA Minister Shen Jong-chin (fourth left) is joined by business representatives and officials from home and abroad at the opening of DevDays Asia May 21 in Taipei City. (Courtesy of MOEA)
 
The DevDays Asia forum organized by Microsoft Taiwan kicked off May 21 in Taipei City, bringing together local and foreign experts to discuss the latest software development trends and technologies.
 
Sponsored by the Industrial Development Bureau under the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the three-day event is aimed at deepening Taiwan’s talent pool in such fields as artificial intelligence, cloud computing, data analytics and online security.
 
Keynote speakers include Mark Liao, director of the Institute of Information Science at Academia Sinica, and Daniel Canning, senior product marketing manager for the Microsoft Office ecosystem. More than 30 local and foreign professionals, including staffers from Microsoft’s U.S. headquarters, are also sharing their expertise at over 50 workshops.
 
Speaking at the opening of the seminar, MOEA Minister Shen Jong-chin said that promoting AI-led industrial transformation requires a deep talent pool of skilled software developers. To ensure Taiwan remains at the forefront of key emerging sectors, the government is leaving no stone unturned in providing top-level training opportunities for local tech professionals, he added.
 
According to Shen, the ministry is also working with Microsoft to foster digital transformation through such projects as AI 100. Launched April 9, the initiative aims to assist Taiwan companies in developing 100 cutting-edge AI solutions through providing expert advice and technical resources.
 
In his remarks, Microsoft Taiwan General Manager Ken Sun described Taiwan as a technological powerhouse with great potential in emerging sectors. Microsoft is committed to helping transform Taiwan into a regional AI talent hub, he said.
 
Launched in 2016, DevDays Asia spotlights cutting-edge solutions shown at Microsoft Build, the company’s leading developer conference held May 6-8 in Seattle. Microsoft Taiwan is also helping organize a hackathon for local tech talents June 14.
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