Riding on the advancements of diverse and flourishing technology applications, "Culture X Tech Next" is launching its 2019 version on a larger scale in Taipei's Huashan 1914 Creative Park from Oct. 1 to 5. Comprising international seminars, experimental exhibitions, and matchmaking sessions for startups, the five-day forum will cover topics such as immersive experience, somatosensory technology, block-chain, and the latest applications of theatrical displays.
Contemporary society is undergoing changes in industrial structure, social life, and dissemination model of culture brought about by digital technology. However, technology is largely driven by humanity's innate desire to unleash creativity through cultural and social innovations, in which cultural perspectives can also influence the development of technology that is shaping the future.
The underlying core value of the intersection of culture and technology should be using a human-centric perspective to leverage technology as a medium to promote prosperous cultural developments. This spirit is reflected in Article 17 of the Cultural Fundamental Act that was promulgated this June: "This nation shall draft policies concerning the development of culture and technology to spur innovation and cooperation between culture and technology, and shall cultivate cross-disciplinary personnel as to lay the foundation for an innovative environment."
The Culture X Tech Next forum positions itself as a strategic platform for integrating and igniting the creative sectors through emphasis on inherent emotions, sentiments, and legacies. The five-day program aims to unite programming languages and cultural languages into one by nourishing machinery and data with humane literacy, and build a "cultech" eco-system that will promote cultural engagement, safeguard equality and diversity, and shape a cultured civil society in the digital era.
From immersive content creation and theater to music technology, wearable devices, and the innovative applications of 5G, the forum will feature over 20 guest speakers from Taiwan and abroad, as well as demonstrations by some 15 providers of 3D databases, digital archives, interdisciplinary films, and games.
More information is available at https://cxtn.iiiedu.org.tw/.