ICF Taiwan


On February 9, 2017, the Intelligent Community Forum announced the creation of ICF Taiwan, a new ICF Nation organization. ICF is partnering with the Taipei-based Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) on the organization. ICF Taiwan is the second ICF Nation to be established, following the creation of ICF Canada in 2015.

IMG_20170209_093436.jpg“We are very excited for the formation of ICF Taiwan, our second ICF Nation organization,” said ICF co-founder Robert Bell. “ICF Taiwan, using the best practices developed by ICF, will offer guidance to other cities, both in Taiwan and in Asia, on how to develop Intelligent Communities, while also serving as a valuable network for Taiwan’s established intelligent communities.”

“As has been shown in recent years of our Awards Program, Taiwan has a high density of intelligent communities,” said ICF Co-Founder and ICF Canada Executive Director John Jung. “When we announced our Smart21 Communities of 2017, 12 of the 21 were either in Canada or Taiwan. Like it has in Canada, a national organization bringing Taiwanese intelligent communities together will strengthen their development, both on local and national levels, while also helping them to serve as models for future intelligent communities.”


The announcement came during the “Internet of Cities Forum,” a one-day conference taking place at the Shangri-La Hotel in Taipei, Taiwan. The announcement was made to an audience of national and municipal leaders from Taiwan, Canada, Estonia, the United States, the Netherlands and Vietnam. ICF Taiwan has also released an official formation announcement in Mandarin, which can be found here.

ICF Taiwan Leadership


Jiunn Shiow Lin, Director, Information Technologies Industries Division, Industrial Development Bureau, Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), Taiwan

Jiunn Shiow Lin is the Division Director for Information Technologies Industries, Industrial Development Bureau (IDB). IDB is the administrative agency of MOEA, Taiwan that oversees various industries, where Jiunn Shiow is mainly responsible for the formulation of industrial policies as well as industrial promotion task forces & offices as contact windows to serve the ICT industry. Under his capacity, he oversees relevant areas in ICT such as Tele/Info Communications, Electronics, Optoelectronics, and Information Equipment/Software Technology. Particularly, he is the main lead for matters relevant to 5G Industrial Development, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Smart City Development under IDB.

Founding Members

Stan Shih, ICF Taiwan Chairman, Co-Founder and Honorary Chairman, Acer, Inc. and Chairman, Stans Foundation

Stan Shih is Co-founder and Honorary Chairman of Acer Inc. Shih dedicated his efforts to promoting public interests after his initial retirement from Acer at the end of 2004. In recent years, he has been publicly speaking on the Wangdao ideology in relation to organizational sustainability in modern times, and hopes to engrain its principles into Acer to reshape the corporate culture. A social entrepreneur all his life, Shih serves as the Chairman of Stans Foundation and iD SoftCapital Group. He is a former chairman and current member of the Asia Business Council, and the member of the Asian Corporate Governance Association. In 2007, Shih was a member of Taiwan’s special envoy to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Summit. In recognition of his long-term outstanding contributions, Shih received the Order of the Brilliant Star with Grand Cordon from the president of Taiwan (2011) and was honored as one of the ITRI Laureates in 2012. Shih has received numerous accolades. Time featured him in the article “60 years of Asian Heroes” for turning Taiwan into a PC-manufacturing powerhouse.

David Weng, ICF Taiwan Deputy Chairman, '83 M.S. Computer Science Engineering

David Weng is an angel investor, bringing start-up companies to successful IPOs and acquisitions. The general partner of InnoBridge Capital Management, Weng invests in early-stage high technology companies. Some of his more notable successes include the Netscreen Technologies IPO and its acquisition by Juniper Networks, and Protego Networks’ acquisition by Cisco. Previously, Weng served as engineering director in the Internet Technologies Division of Cisco. Before Cisco, he worked for Hewlett-Packard managing software development projects. Weng serves on the SJSU Engineering Leadership Council. In addition to his SJSU master's degree, he earned a bachelor's degree in international trade from Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan in 1979. He lives in San Jose.

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One nation, though, seems to have risen above the rest in terms of the best response to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Taiwan. With a population of 23 million, Taiwan has had a remarkable 700 COVID19 cases and only 7 deaths. At the end of October, the nation celebrated 200 straight days without a locally transmitted case.

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