The Maker Carnival held by the Workforce Development Agency began from September 9th through the 11th at the international convention center of the Chungyo Department Store. It had 3 maker seminars and the main speakers were Freedom University founder Teruo Kurosaki and the representative of Kutani ware of the Ishikawa Prefecture Keigo Kamide.
During the opening, the speakers mentioned that “Maker” is a new word, which is more truthful to its original meaning than its Chinese translation. The deputy director of the Workforce Development Agency, Miss Chen-yang Shih, said that the process of merging craft and creativity is where the makers come in.
General Manager of Maker Wisdom, Mr. Wen-tsung Shih spoke to the audience on how he went from the ICT industry into the Maker Movement. He believes that maker culture is important to Taiwan’s education, which is why he came back from Singapore. The focus of this seminar was on the foundation of Taiwan’s manufacturing industry, the source of Taiwan’s innovation and creativity and the new economy of smart tech and the Maker Movement. He concluded the 7 major challenges Taiwan is facing: the disappearance of demographic dividend, the competition of international talents and the lack of talents, the repetitiveness of industries on both sides of the Strait, the low self-sufficiency of energy, the various bottlenecks of green transformation, centralized innovation on specific field and the lack of efficiency, education system out of touch with the industry, and finally, Internet economy and industries falling behind China and Korea.
Shih said that the benefits the Maker Movement brings to us are the innovations based on people. We used to pay attention to the innovations of technology, but now is the time for smart devices and mass customization. He also mentioned that in an IoT community, physical and virtual realities should be merged. Taiwan is an island nation. The domestic demand demands have never been huge, so the technology and the ability of innovation are our weapons to compete in the future. We have to include creativity in our comprehensive thinking, while making use of our local features at the same time. The new opportunities of Taiwan’s manufacturing industry have to replace OEM work, manufacturing and components.
Shih also wants to start from the “foundation,” which refers to the integration of the maker spirit and technology. It means turning enterprises into makers, bringing technology to traditional industries, and making devices smart. To make everything people oriented, and application oriented. He sees the the potentials in Taiwan, especially in human capital and innovation, which were ranked number 1 in the Asia Competitiveness Annual Report 2016. We are even more innovative when we apply and change things. The Taiwanese people are adventurous and creative in the DNA.
In the meantime, we should also be building a startup ecosystem or base for Taiwan. Anything from prototype to the final product is an opportunity. Shih believes that the 4 major smart applications consist of TICS, intelligent terminal, IoT, remote computing, and sensory devices. The key to success if whether or not the it is being intuitively applied to our daily lives. Lastly, he talked about how technology will eventually lead the ICT industry into autonomy. The cultivation of maker talents relies on nothing but these 4 attributes: refinement on innovation, problem solving, independent thinking, and proactiveness. To be creative, the maker has to be handy and focused.