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Latest travel trend and the underlying problems in the

Companies from different industries started to invest in digital transformation under the influence of the latest technology development. Tourism & Travel industry is definitely one of the industry that’s facing this transformation most directly, which led to changes such as OTA、online traveling experience website and so on, and even a new noun “tech-tourism” is also born to describe this latest trend. Furthermore, travelers’ behavior is also changing to a style that tightly bonded them with technology usage. For example, a more fragmented (book and go) travel planning style as well as an increasing number of solo backpacker traveling style due to the handy, easy to use, mobile technology.

Besides trying to involve more local feature into the tech-tourism development process and let tourists have a better understanding of Taiwanese culture, Tourism innovation & Tech Awards is also a great opportunity that could gather participants’ idea on how to solve the long existing potential problems hiding behind the curtain. For example, the “Earthquake instant warning text” is a service that the Taiwanese government has developed, with the purpose of trying to alarm and comfort people whenever an earthquake hits. While this service did not take foreigners’ needs into account while developing, it turns out that foreign tourists might actually be the group that needed this service the most. Comparing to local Taiwanese, they’re not familiar with earthquake happening and does not possess the knowledge of what to do during an earthquake hit. Despite one might argue that this should not be a problem for the general tourists, it is in fact, this kind of detail would affect tourist experience, and in long term probably reducing certain percentage of the inbound tourists.

Therefore, gather great minds that possess the ability to develop creative ideas into real service and mitigate or even fix the underlying problem in Taiwan tourism, this should definitely be the first priority of this challenge (Award).

Post-COVID19 World and Travel responsibility & sustainability

In additionally, facing the most serious virus in 2020 “COVID-19”, no tourist industry around the world has not been impacted profoundly. Comparing to other countries, Taiwan did a rather good job at curbing the spread of virus. Ministry of Transportation and Communication-Taiwan Tourism Bureau have response to the disaster by announcing a series of revitalization plans in purpose of assisting Taiwan Tourism Industry to recover in a rapid speed. In the process of tourist industry revitalizing, how to assist the government and tourist industry to have a smoother and easier recovering process by using creative ideas and technologies is another important part of the challenge (Award)’s goal.

Last but not least, after the United Nations launched a total of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015 to replace its 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the tourism and leisure industries and governments in all countries have tried to incorporate these goals (particularly the five sub-items on society, economy, environment, governance, and implementation) into their development projects. According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), gender equality in employment in the tourism industry, and the economic output that comes from peaceful development amongst different nations are way bigger than other industries. A lot of issues such as environmental pollution, over-development, destruction of native culture, and uneven distribution of benefits that would usually be raised when talking about international development of tourism and leisure should be addressed by both the public and private sectors in all countries while following the SDGs. Those who only eye on short-term benefit return and planning when pursuing internationalization will not go far. Rather, in addition to take the future science and technology development trend of the world into account, how to continue to develop and give back to the society, and to bring about the improvement of the overall society are what’s really important and what’s this competition is all about.

Our Goal

Therefore, combining mobile technology, the SDGs and the tourism industry is an urgent goal in Taiwan. The Tourism Bureau under Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) makes it its priority to bring forth innovative applications to take Taiwan’s tourism industry to the next level. By holding this competition, it is hoped that schools of tourism and hospitality could provide more courses to equip students with knowledge about smart tourism or digital innovation, so as to enhance the competitive edge of Taiwan’s tourism industry and quality of tourist services. The organizer also wishes to strengthen their interaction between Taiwan’s students and participating teams, and other teams on innovative travel services from Asia and other parts of the world, raising Taiwan’s profile in the international community. Plenty of innovative ideas and talent exchanges are expected to be seen in the competition that will surely facilitate the development of smart tourism in Taiwan.
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COMPETITION NOTICE

Eligibility

Age is never a problem!

Competition Theme and Grouping

Whether you're good at coding or not, there's a group for you!

Competition and Selection Timetable

Pay close attention and show us what you got!

Judging Procedure and Criteria

Entries should follow these rules

Prizes

All about that prize

Notice

Every little thing matters

EVENT'S OF THE ACTIVITY

Tech Tourism Workshop

Tech Tourism Workshop
Are you a tech savvy who want to know more about the tourism industry? Or a tourism expert lost in all the latest high-tech? By participate in these two workshops that’s tailored for people from different field, all your questions can be solved!

Tech Toursim Summit

A Tech-Tourism partnering summit consist of experts from different sectors and tourism & travel startups from our competition, don’t miss out this opportunity to meet the next big shots in tourism!

TIMETABLE

Below is an overview timetable of the competition and other events,for more information please go to the respective pages on the website.
Time Detail Other
2020/07/10(Fri)
till
12:00 noon of
2020/09/15(Tue)
Stage one: Online application Registration and Project info upload. Register online
14:00 of
2020/08/13(Thu)
Open Registration

Workshop 1:
A tech savvy’s first step to be a tourism expert--- Fancy some tips for shortcuts?

Location: 77OMG(tentative)

Free entry ,registration needed

*Conducted in Mandarin

14:00 of
2020/08/14(Fri)
Open Registration
Workshop 2:
A Tourism industry transformation through ICT---Everything you need to know is here!

Location: 77 OMG(tentative)

Free entry ,registration needed

*Conducted in Mandarin

2020/11/02(Mon) Finalist Announcement See the latest news on the official website, as well as notification by email from the organizer.
2020/11/03(Tue)
till
12:00 noon of
2020/11/20(Fri)
Submission of Final Proposal and Slides
2020/12/02(Wed)

2020/12/06(Sun)
Stage two:
Final Round
Work Presentation Location: Information Technology Month 2020- Sync the Future  (TWTC Hall 1)
Pitch Competition
Award Ceremony
2020/12 
Date: TBA
Tech-Tourism partnering summit *2020/12 Date: TBA

Below is an overview timetable of the competition and other events,for more information please go to the respective pages on the website.

2020/07/10(Fri) till 12:00 noon of 2020/09/15(Tue)

Stage one:Online application

Registration and Project info upload.
14:00 of 2020/08/13(Thu)

Workshop 1: A tech savvy’s first step to be a tourism expert --- Fancy some tips for shortcuts?

  • Free entry ,registration needed

    * Conducted in Mandarin

  • Location: 77OMG(tentative)

    No.77, Linsen N. Rd., Zhongshan Dist., Taipei City 10443, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

14:00 of 2020/08/14(Fri)

Workshop 2: A Tourism industry transformation through ICT --- Everything you need to know is here!

  • Free entry ,registration needed

    * Conducted in Mandarin

  • Location: 77OMG(tentative)

    No.77, Linsen N. Rd., Zhongshan Dist., Taipei City 10443, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

2020/11/02(Mon)

Finalist Announcement

  • See the latest news on the official website, as well as notification by email from the organizer.
2020/11/03(Tue) till 12:00 noon of 2020/11/20(Fri)

Submission of Final Proposal and Slides

  • See the latest news on the official website, as well as notification by email from the organizer.
2020/12/02(Wed) ~ 2020/12/06(Sun)

Stage two: Final Round

  • Work Presentation
    Pitch Competition
    Award Ceremony
  • Location: Information Technology Month 2020- Sync the Future (TWTC Hall 1)
2020/12 Date: TBA

Tech-Tourism partnering summit

  • *2020/12 Date: TBA

COMPETITION RESOURCES

Teams should use data in “competition resources” and mix with other data in the application. In the resource website, not only Tourism Bureau’s Opendata database is provided, but also Place API from Map8 platform, google API from Google, as well as other API from TMS Technology.

REVIEW

Started in 2018 and hosted by Ministry of Transportation and Communication (MOTC)-Taiwan Tourism Bureau, "Tourism Innovation & Tech Awards"-the first Cross-disciplinary challenge combining tourism and latest technology, have received appraisal from Jhia-Long LIN, the deputy of MOTC ; Audrey Tang, the ministry without profolio, and also a wide-attention from all over the world. Within a short five month period, the challenge have received 140 submissions from 12 countries , and after two rounds of selection process, 20 submission successfully got into the finalist. These teams got the chance to pitch their best project at the dream stage of all the tech startups-InnoVEX, all was giving their best trying to be the best out of the best. At last, after rounds of discussion between the judges, a hard decision was finally made- Team "Funliday" became the final 100K winner! Besides the 100k provided by Taiwan Tourism bureau, Funliday even head to ITB ASIA with their winning project which also invoked the interests of the companies that participated the exhibition.

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