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Taiwan Startup Stadium and Team Taiwan wow RISE 2017

The RISE Conference 2017 kicked off officially on July 11 in Hong Kong. The three- day exhibition is organized by the team behind Web Summit, which in only six years has become the largest tech conference in Europe.

This year, RISE brings together a host of exciting new and well-known tech firms from a wide variety of fields. For instance, German online booking platform Trivago, which recently has launched a highly-visible global ad campaign, is attending the show, as are established companies such as Airbus or Google. Additionally, many industry experts are presenting speeches on various topics at RISE 2017.

Team Taiwan and Taiwan Startup Stadium (TSS) are also presenting their innovative ideas and products at the exhibition. Actually, the latter functions as an official event partner of RISE.

In total, the Taiwan Startup Stadium Pavilion is home to eight teams from the island nation, namely Amazing Talker, FunNow, GliaCloud, Hellowings, SurveyCake, Tappay, Tricella and Pointimize.

Hong Kong – Taiwan ties

Due to its abundance of international links and status as financial hub, Hong Kong has for a long time been able to attract businesses from a wide variety of fields.

Its relations with Taiwan in particular are extraordinarily well-developed, with tourist, commercial, and industrial ties being well-developed between the two East Asian powerhouses.

Unsurprisingly, young entrepreneurs from both Taiwan and Hong Kong are enthusiastic in joining the dialogue to share their experiences and stories. What’s more, many young entrepreneurs from Hong Kong choose Taiwan as starting point of their venture, while Taiwanese startups themselves view Hong Kong as first designation of their international expansion.

AI-collated videos:GliaStudio

Caption:GliaStudio at RISE 2017.
Hung Yi Hsieh

At RISE, Team Taiwan was in an excellent position to attract the international audience and give overseas attendees a chance to interact with their startup roster thanks to their centrally-located pavilion. One team that wowed many visitors is GliaCloud, whose video editing solutions is powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data.

While the public has grown accustomed to expecting AI at the heart of grand plans such as self-driving cars, GliaCloud sets out to use this future tech on a smaller scale. Founded in 2015, the promising tech company uses both AI and Big Data to enrich our daily life through individually-tailored entertainment.

The Taiwanese startup’s flagship product is its AI-powered video generator GliaStudio. Rather than forcing users to spend hours cutting and editing, the software creates video content based on individual preferences and other input such as texts.

In its simplest form, users merely have to paste the URL of a base article into the program, which will analyze the content and main points. GliaStudio’s proprietary algorithm will then collate pics and clips based on the unique video script produced in the previous step. Finally, users can adjust and improve the video based on their preferences.

GliaCloud’s latest offering shows what’s possible thanks to AI when it comes to entertainment. But other startups, too, present unique solutions and exciting new products. For more info on Team Taiwan and the TSS Pavilion at RISE stay tuned to Bnext/Meet!