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Garage+, Computex and Making Connections in Taiwan.

[fa icon="clock-o"] Jun 20, 2016 2:09:23 PM [fa icon="user"] Tingxi Tan [fa icon="folder-open'] aging, asia, computex, Events, startup accelerator, taiwan, tradeshow


We just got back from an amazing trip to Taiwan, where impressive technology, wonderful people and delicious food all gather at one place. We participated in the Startup Global Program (SGP), hosted by Garage+, a top Taiwan startup accelerator. There were 60 startups applying for the program from 20 different countries, and only 15 startups got selected for this excellent 2-week all-paid-for program. During those two weeks, we were connected with many investors, potential partners, suppliers, and manufacturers. We learned about the Taiwanese and broader Asian markets and participated in press conferences and demos.

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We also took part in another amazing event: COMPUTEX Taipei, one of the world’s largest ICT trade shows. By having a booth at InnoVEX, a new startup-focused exhibit launched by COMPUTEX Taipei, we were able to talk to many people who were very interested in our home robots and found them to be very innovative and useful. We exhibited alongside other startups with great tech products in the areas of VR, home healthcare, and wearables, as well as tech giants such as HTC and Samsung. Our experiences talking to people about our robots throughout our trip in Taiwan left us feeling optimistic for the future of tech and healthcare in Asia, as we continue to develop our robots in those regions to better care of the elderly.

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At Ohmnilabs, we’re committed to solving human issues with technology. The major problem we’ve been tackling -- that of rapidly shrinking populations and lack of care infrastructure for the elderly --  is especially urgent in Japan and Taiwan. Japan’s population is decreasing to the point that, over the next 50 years, it may lose one-third of its population. Taiwan is projected to reach negative population growth by 2023. The situation that the aging population faces in Taiwan is complicated and exacerbated by foreign policy and socioeconomic factors, including Indonesia’s restrictions on caregivers migrating to Taiwan, and the lack of access to care in many rural and low-income communities.

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So how do we solve the difficult problem of giving the elderly have at-home access to care? Taiwan’s government promotes the use of technology for solutions -- a challenge that we feel uniquely qualified to accept. To meet the growing need in Taiwan for personal caregivers, we are exploring opportunities to apply tech-based solutions through partnerships with Taiwanese companies such as Dynalab, Inc. Our robots will work as a platform for Dynalab’s service aggregator software, Corn Soup, which helps service providers easily gain access to clinics, hospitals, schools, and homes. Another partnership we are exploring is one with Nan Kai University of Technology, which will be using our robots for education and for special projects in accordance with its mission of engaging in elder-care specific projects.

All in all, we had an awesome and productive time in Taiwan and want to thank Garage+ for hosting us. We learnt so much about the aging population in Asia and the technology space that addresses them. At OhmniLabs, we feel strongly on tackling the aging problem and believe our affordable and useful robots will be a key to taking on this challenge.

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