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Orange Demo Day Touts Apps for Food, Public WiFi, and Diabetes Management

One group at this Taipei event came with technology that surveys food for carbohydrate levels. Another showed up advocating that surveys be made into a piece of cake.

Sound wacky and weird? These entrepreneurs and 12 more showed for the seventh season of Taipei Innovation Demo Day April 12 to share stories that might help the event’s sponsors raise them to become global businesses.

Alex Liu, CEO of SurveyCake, told the event, also known as Orange Demo Day, that he founded his firm six years ago to make all annoying surveys turn into “piece of a cake.”

SurveyCake’s software-as-a-service creates a what Liu hopes is a friendly online survey system for a client’s own customers. After a survey is created online, then SurveyCake collects responses from participants and analyzes the results for data for use in real time.

The demo day falls under a program run by Orange Fab Asia, a 12-week accelerator backed by French Telecom giant, Orange. The startups that showed this time were from Japan, South Korea, France and Taiwan.

This season brought on French Tech Taiwan, Acer, Thales and Foxconn Technology as supporters.

Orange is one of the largest operators in Europe and Africa with more than 263 million customers.

Taipei show participant Snapcarbs is offering an app that can analyze a photo of food to calculate with high accuracy the role of carbohydrates.

At the event March 28, Taiwan’s minister of science and technology brought up also the case of Diabnext, a French startup that’s has formed a joint venture with Show Chwan Hospital in Taiwan.The 5-year-old French company uses artificial intelligence to manage the patients’ diabetes.

People worried about carbs normally keep a written log to manage intake, a way to control diabetes. The “Autofill Carb Logbook” phone app by Diabnext lets users keep track of carbohydrate intake past meals.

Another event participant, TownWiFi, profiled a free app that links to free WiFi services in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and the United States. TownWiFi CEO Takehiro Ogita said his staff was working to expand into 30 countries, mainly in Europe.

The idea is to connect as easily to public WiFi as to a home network. “No need for searching WiFi or doing the registration to connect WiFi,” Ogita saidi.

“There are 10% of users don’t have the contract with mobile company in Japan” said the CEO. Therefore the invention of TownWiFi is not only to benefit the people who don't have the regular contract with mobile company but also for the people who go traveling to the other country since now is the ear that most people need “Internet” no matter what the purposes are.

Feliciana Hsu
English journalist and PR for Global Affairs

Feliciana gained her MSc of Media Power and Public Affairs from Royal Holloway, University of London.

After graduating from London, she started her career of being journalist at Business Next Media and Meet Startup @TW Website, and specializes in interviewing about innovation and technology.

Within her career, she has interviewed various experts in their field, including Mr.Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia; Fleur Pellerin, former French Minister of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and Sir Christopher Pissarides, Nobel Prize Laureate in Economic in 2010.