Organized by Taiwan’s Industrial Development Bureau, METAEDU 21 discussed Education Technologies with themes focused on Innovative Diffusion, Talent Cultivation, and Ecosystem Integration. The event will also continue to be part of Smart City Online to connect Taiwan industry players to the world.
December 2, 2021 4:55 p.m.
TAIPEI — Taiwan’s Industrial Development Bureau, the administrative agency of the Ministry of Economic Affairs of Taiwan, in collaboration with the Institute for Information Industry (III) and Digital Education Institute (DEI), organized the METAEDU 21, a series of hybrid events spanning from 1 November to 5 November. Accelerated the growth of education technology (EdTech), webinars and seminars delivered by experienced practitioners formed the lineup of the event.
COVID-19 EdTech Boom: Changing the face of EdTech
The COVID-19 pandemic has radically altered the way we live, work, learn, and play. While it has undeniably presented unique challenges that we had to – or have yet to – overcome, the pandemic has also catalyzed an unprecedented EdTech boom.
According to the 2021 Taiwan EdTech Industry Survey Report, the total output value of EdTech in Taiwan amounted to 16.4 billion U.S. dollars. Compared to 2020, the overall output value saw annual growth of 220.9%. Specifically, the pandemic has fuelled the growth in demand for teaching hardware, which in itself accounted for more than 80% of the total output value. teaching software, communication products, cloud video, and learning platforms, and teaching assistive devices, among other deployment requirements.
This stark growth not only points to the pandemic-driven EdTech boom but also cements Taiwan’s key position in the global information and communications supply chain amidst the pandemic.
Riding the wave to accelerate the growth of EdTech
METAEDU 21’s slogan – “Tomorrow We Together” – embodies the need for continued collaborations between industry players and stakeholders to accelerate the growth of EdTech.
The event saw active participation from government agencies of various countries, international research institutions, educators, global venture capital companies, and learning technology professionals from all around the world.
Taiwan stands on a new international stage and event visitors walked away with valuable insights and actionable takeaways.
Shaped around 3 major themes – Innovative Diffusion, Talent Cultivation, and Ecosystem Integration – the inaugural annual event focuses on accelerating the EdTech ecosystem in Southeast Asia by providing an open and collaborative platform.
The five-day-event was held and receiving much attention especially the first day HolonIQ online forum talked about 2021 Taiwan EdTech 50, the 2021 market research report and featured the sharing of award-winning companies on their business ideas and future development plans. HolonIQ is the world’s leading impact intelligence platform. They helped several EdTech event in Middle East, Africa, Asia, and this is the first time helping Taiwan to have the Taiwan 50 EdTech and giving the award acknowledgement. On the 2nd day the physical event ceremony giving the Taiwan EdTech 50 awards and the Eduathon – EdTech hackathon live competition. The new EdTech Proof of Concept experience zone that is jointly opened by Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam was also unveiled.
The other 3 days event was the online webinar which is the 2021 International Reading Education Online Forum; the SDG4 Development in SEA Region, experts from the Southeast Asia Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) and representatives from the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Communications (Pusdatin) were invited to share and explore the use of technology to accelerate the goal of digital equality; and the final day of METAEDU 21 was international investment experts and overseas startup teams and research institutions giving the EdTech Talk to deliver the investment cooperation, the necessary conditions, and the future of the industry, also the trends, transformation, and acceleration of international development cooperation. The webinars have recorded video available on Youtube channel – METAEDU.
Please visit the EdTech virtual pavilion here https://smartcityonline.org.tw/pavilion.php?vip=METAEDU&fbclid=IwAR3VXwfJQ6ax8xdPwIZ8cz61ftn1jy6AD84Wbu4tjy_9HuhqV39MmZvFnj4
METAEDU 21: Event Highlights
There’s a Nanyang near you for all your Singaporean food cravings
August 4, 2023 6:30 p.m.
Missing Singapore’s famous Hainanese Chicken Rice, Laksa fishball, Cheesy Chicken Chop Noodles and Kopi?
Visit your nearest Nanyang Philippines branch.
Globe powers up TOYCON 2023’s landmark 20th year
June 29, 2023 6:53 p.m.
As Toycon Philippines proudly commemorates its 20th year, the landmark celebration promises to be more electrifying than ever with the formidable support of leading digital lifestyle brand Globe.
Globe has always been at the forefront of supporting diverse subcultures and passions, and this partnership is a testament to its commitment. As part of the collaboration, Globe will bring to life the rich world of its cinematic and theatrical partners, further enriching the TOYCON 2023 experience for attendees.
“As the country’s most reliable network and top digital solutions platform with an ecosystem of various services, we’re uniquely positioned to foster the vibrancy of the toy collecting and creating community. This partnership underscores our commitment to nurturing a wide array of passions and interests while ensuring the best connectivity for all participants.”
Cholo Mallillin, Marketing Head at Toycon Philippines, said: “The collaboration with Globe will further elevate the Toycon experience. This partnership will bring more surprises and rewards to our community. We invite everyone to join us as we celebrate 20 years of Toycon in the most exciting way possible.”
TOYCON 2023 will be held at the SMX Convention Center in MOA from July 7 to 9, 2023. Attendees are in for a treat, as they have the chance to meet their beloved childhood characters, explore an expansive marketplace of unique toys and collectibles, and participate in exclusive Globe activities.
One of the highlights of the partnership is a series of exclusive perks for Globe customers. By using Globe Rewards points, customers will have the opportunity to win various ticket tiers ranging from Day Passes to VIP Passes. There will also be exclusive toy freebies for VIP pass holders, and unique Globe-only activities, such as paint-your-own Gudi.
At the event, Globe will also host an interactive booth featuring activities designed to reward and inspire. From earning freebies by donating Rewards points to a good cause, to free arcade plays and meet-ups with popular streamers, Globe customers are in for an exciting weekend of gaming and beyond.
To learn more about Globe, visit https://www.globe.com.ph/.
Love the long weekend break? Cybercriminals do, too
April 4, 2023 5:11 p.m.
There are 18 official public holidays in the Philippines. As we all know, when these dates fall close to a weekend or if the government pursues holiday economics, most Filipinos make plans in advance to take advantage of extended holiday breaks. This year, we can get to do that at least 12 times.
Unfortunately, cybercriminals get excited about holidays, too. To refresh everyone’s memory, the $81-million Bangladesh Bank heist back in 2016 is an example of a successful cyber attack, which happened on the first day of Lunar New Year, a national holiday in the Philippines and the rest of Asia.
“Now that the world has reopened, travel is back with a vengeance this year, hence the term ‘travel revenge’. Whether Filipinos are scheduling holiday trips or just staycation-ing during the long weekends, it’s important to observe simple digital security practices so you can get to sit back and relax as you take your well-deserved vacation. Security-first thinking opens doors for a more enjoyable holiday break, especially for Filipinos who are amongst the world’s most active online users,” comments Chris Connell, Managing Director for Asia Pacific at Kaspersky.
Both individuals and companies are advised to be extra mindful of personal cybersecurity best practices and internet hygiene when on a holiday.
For companies, Kaspersky suggests to:
- Conduct drills
- Stress to vacationing employees why data encryption, two-factor authentication, strong passwords, and locking devices when not in use are important.
- Discuss the steps to take if their device ends up getting stolen.
- Advise staff about charging smartphones in a wall socket, not through USBs at airports and other public places (these can be used to steal data from a device and infect it with malicious software, such as spyware.
- Educate employees about the dangers of public WIFI (and even hotel WIFI unless it is encrypted and password-protected) and how to use a secure connection such as with a VPN.
- Log out
- Terminate unnecessary VPN connections to the corporate infrastructure.
- End unnecessary sessions that employees have left on any devices for an extended period of time. This also applies to corporate messengers, web apps and any other services.
- Check that the list of employees with access to the corporate network via VPN or RDP include only authorized users. Revoke access from those who don’t need it.
- Create special “emergency” admin accounts for potential incident response over the holidays. The rights granted to regular admin accounts can even be temporarily restricted so that attackers cannot exploit them.
- Install patches for all key applications. This process is far simpler if your company uses security solutions with a built-in patch management system.
Meanwhile, Kaspersky encourages individuals to:
- Only browse trusted apps and websites and be careful about personal information you input like credit card numbers or home address.
- Do not click on links or open email attachments from travel sites when receiving confirmations. Trusted companies include such letters in the bodies of their emails. Malware is often disguised as an attached confirmation letter.
- Bring two or three or more credit or debit cards to have a backup plan in case of loss or needing to cancel one.
- Never leave valuables unattended. Put large amounts of cash and mobile devices or laptops in the hotel safe.
- Use a credit card as most have built-in protections against fraud. There is no protection against a scammer if you send them cash or even check or debit card payment in some cases. A money transfer service is not advisable.
- Ensure their devices has security software installed, ideally with anti-theft technology.