Taoyuan and the Top7 Announcement

In this episode of The Intelligent Community, ICF Co-Founder Lou Zacharilla talks with Ema Hsieh about the upcoming Top7 Announcement in Taoyuan, Taiwan in February. Then, we go to last year's Summit to learn more about Taoyuan, the 2019 Intelligent Community of the Year.

The proximity of Taoyuan to the Taipei Metropolitan Area has led to major investments in such public utilities as Taiwan’s largest international airport and the 2017 Taoyuan MRT Airport Line, which speeds connections between the city’s high-speed rail station and the airport. These, in turn, have driven rapid development in Taoyuan City, which has attracted a large number of new residents from other cities and countries.

Taoyuan is the largest industrial science and technology city in Taiwan. More than one-third of Taiwan’s top 500 manufacturing industries have set up factories in Taoyuan. The industrial output value of about 2.87 trillion NTD has led all Taiwanese cities for 14 consecutive years. The population is a fusion of many ethnic groups such as Minnan, Hakka and Aboriginal people. Because of the industrial development, Taoyuan is also the municipality with the largest number of foreign workers from Southeast Asia and the largest number of Vietnamese new residents.

In June, Taoyuan was named the 2019 Intelligent Community of the Year.

Read more about Taoyuan, Taiwan >>>

From February 9-11, intelligent community leaders from around the world will converge on Taiwan for the Top7 Announcement and Conference, where the Top7 Intelligent Communities of 2020 will be announced.

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Guests on this episode of The Intelligent Community include:

Li Wen (Ema) Hsieh
Director, ICF Institute, Taiwan

Beginning in 1989, Li Wen (Ema) Hsieh has worked for the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI); one of Taiwan’s most important research organizations. She held several significant positions during her career here, including Head of PR, Project Manager in Latin America, and the New Business Director of the Technology Center for Service Industries.

After her retirement from ITRI in 2013, she was invited to be an advisor to the Joint Innovation Center of the Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Industry Association to assist the Taiwanese industry with expanding its sales to Latin America. In 2018, she joined the ICF Institute in Taiwan and is responsible for business development and marketing. She also has an extensive network with the smart city solution providers in Taiwan. Li Wen (Ema) Hsieh holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Chung Hua University, Taiwan.

Dr. Kenny Chen
Director General, Department of Information Technology, Taoyuan City Government

In addition to heading Taoyuan’s IT department, Kenny Chen is director of the Asia Silicon Valley Redevelopment Agency of the city government and director of the Academic Resource Center at Huafan University. He has served as an assistant professor of that university as well as R&D manager at XDMA Technology Co. He holds a Ph.D. from the Graduate Institute of Space Science at the National Central University and is an expert in data analysis, electronic system design and IoT applications.

Jimmy Chiou
Deputy Secretary General, Taoyuan City Government

Jimmy Chiou serves in the senior administrative role of Deputy Secretary General of Taoyuan City Government in Taiwan. He holds a masters in political science from Taiwan National University.

Dr. An-Pang Kao
Director General, Department of Education, Taoyuan City Government

Currently director general of Taoyuan’s Department of Education, Dr. Kao has served as president of Kainan University as well as a member of the faculty, as well as an independent director of the Hua-Nan Commercial Bank and president of the Association for China Economics Studies.  He holds a Ph.D in Resources Economics from the University of Massachusetts, MA degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and National Chengchi University, and a BA in public finance from National Chengchi University. 

Paul S. Hsu
Section Chief, Department of Information Technology, Taoyuan City Government

Paul Hsu serves as section chief in the IT department of Taoyuan City.  He holds a Ph.D in computer science and engineering from National Chung-Hsing University and an MA in computer science from Kansas State University.


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Louis Zacharilla
Co-Founder of the Intelligent Community Forum. Louis Zacharilla helped found the Intelligent Community movement. He is the developer of the Intelligent Community Awards program. He is a frequent keynote speaker and a moderator at conferences and events.

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