The World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) took more than two years of preparation and integrated 12
government agencies, 26 bureaus, divisions, and departments, 8 municipal governments, 58 companies and legal
entities, all to accomplish a milestone event for the global ICT industry. III played a key role behind the scenes.
Taiwan held the WCIT in 2000. After 17 years, Taiwanese brands have contributed to diverse industries, being able to
demonstrate the best traits and advantages related to the ICT industry. Thus, Taiwan renewed its intention of hosting the
WCIT in 2014, with the aim of reshaping the image of Taiwanese brands by shifting from hardware manufacturing to softpower
solutions. The biannual WCIT was organized in Brazil in 2016; India was set to host the event in 2018. However, the
WCIT made an exception by designating Taiwan as the first station of the WCIT tour in Asia for 2017. This additional event
proved that WCIT recognizes Taiwan's ICT strengths and capacity to host international conventions.
The process of organizing the WCIT was full of challenges. First of all, knowing that funds required for the organization
of large-scale international events are considerable, III expresses its thanks to the government for their support, which
also contributes to the confidence of participating companies and legal entities. The second major challenge was
inviting lecturers; the organizers consulted multiple entities before inviting young, potential stars. They also invited
prominent speakers from the Czech Republic and the United States, as well as the former French Minister of Culture.
The third challenge lay in attracting participants. The International Division of III mobilized all of its employees to invite
partners from various countries, as well as partners who were set to organize training camps in Taiwan that year, so as
to concentrate events during the exhibition period. As a result, representatives from more than 75 countries and 2,733
domestic and foreign dignitaries, including approximately 900 foreign guests, attended the event.
Teamwork constituted the fourth challenge. The WCIT requires an ad hoc team that facilitates cross-agency integration,
communication, and coordination. It is a considerable challenge for teams to work together and reach consensus and
understanding. The fifth challenge lay in the effect of diffusion. Hosting an event successfully is only part of the goal; we must
expand and increase influence so that the event can come to a successful conclusion.
During the exhibition in a roundtable meeting formed for the occasion, the WCIT promulgated the Digital Dream (Digital
Nation) Declaration, jointly announced by ministers from four countries, to continue the advancement of the Digital Nation
Alliance and form long-term, cross-border cooperative platforms. In addition, the WCIT also published "Taiwan is Bigger
than You Think," a book that recounts the story of 50 greatest events in the development of the ICT industry in Taiwan. The
book was on display at the exhibition and allowed the world to witness Taiwan's strengths in ICT industry development.
The success in organizing the WCIT proved that Taiwan's hard work in advancing ICT technology industries throughout
the years has provided opportunities for professionals in the industry, from all across the world, to try and experience
the prestige of Taiwanese products. International exhibitions for promoting our brand help to establish Taiwanese
brands’ leading position in ICT soft power and provide more opportunities to raise them on the global stage.