Acer to work with Taiwanese startups on cloud apps

23 Feb

Acer, the world’s fourth-largest computer maker, plans to work with Taiwanese startups to develop new applications based on its cloud platform.

That move could help the startups expand into the international market, analysts say.

The Acer “Blue Sky” initiative will initially target developers who won awards in regional and national competitions to design new apps using Acer’s open cloud platform or its partners’ technologies, Taiwan’s Central News Agency (CNA) reported.

With the Blue Sky program, “developers will be able to leverage the Acer Group’s resources such as brand image, distribution network and services locations to gain a foothold in the global cloud ecosystem that integrates hardware, software and services,” according to the CNA.

Allying with startups will help enlarge Acer’s cloud ecosystem while allowing the young companies to access the global market, Maverick Shih, president of Acer’s Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) and tablet business group, told the CNA in an interview.

“Many domestic and foreign start-up groups have developed amazing innovative ideas and technologies, but they also have trouble with finding a clear path to the global market,” Shih said in the interview.

Acer hosted an internal briefing in late January to showcase select apps, including SingChat, which can translate voice and texts into sign language on handsets.

Acer plans to team up with several groups of developers by the end of this year and introduce them to global investors.

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