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Top 10 Finalists of 2012 Taiwan Excellence SmarTEST Gear Up for Stage Two Challenges

August 2, 2012 - Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Asia’s largest and most rewarding online contest, the 2012 Taiwan Excellence SmarTEST! have announced their top 10 finalists, out of 36,337 registered participants from Indonesia, India, Vietnam, and China for the Stage One 24-hour Online Quiz at held on July 14, 2012 ( These finalists are one step closer to the astounding cash & prizes incentive totaling US$100,000.

The top 10 elites from India are Rubal Singh from New Delhi, Asif Khan Yusufzai from New Delhi, Sahil Khanna from New Delhi, Gaurav Mittal from New Delhi, Nissar Ahmed from New Delhi, Mohsin Ahmed Batla from New Delhi , Vagisha Kochar from New Delhi, Tarun Miglani from New Delhi, Siddharth Mukund from Lucknow, and Susanta Saren from Jamshedpur. The average score of the top 100 in the 4 participating countries is 648 out of 1000, while India’s average is 808, far above the average.

Mr. Akif Khan Yusufzai from New Delhi, who completed the quiz in less than one hour said, “Ideally, the quiz seeks to encourage the growth and development of general knowledge as an important life skill among the techno geeks of our world. The spin-off for geeks is that they are given the opportunity to actively engage in the world around them through critical discussion and debate. The SmarTEST! 2012 questions set were generally of relevance to their lives and experiences and its themes reflect the broader social, cultural and technological diversity that characterizes our Asian society. I enjoyed Taiwan Excellence SmarTEST! 2012 and look forward to further challenges.”

Mr. Siddharth Mukund, had participated in Taiwan Excellence’s IT Traveler Go campaign last year, has earned himself a position in the Top 10 again this year. He said to the SmarTEST! Committee, “Thank you so much for the Taiwan Excellence, this year I not only want to meet you in Mumbai, but I will also visit you in Taipei!”

Mr. Gaurav Mittal from New Delhi said, “A quiz so prestigious, an opportunity so big; I prepared for the worst and ended up delivering the best.”

The 2012 Taiwan Excellence SmarTEST! is an annual big idea campaign organized by Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT), Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) of Taiwan and implemented by Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA). 31 Taiwan Excellence home & living brands, such as Asus, D-Link, BenQ, Transcend, etc., also partnered up with TAITRA to join the SmarTEST!, offering an armful of Taiwan Excellence Award-winning products in Stage 2. Each of the top 10 finalists will soon receive an official parcel from the SmarTEST! Committee, which will equip them with Taiwan Excellence products and help get ready for Stage Two.

During the upcoming 8 challenges in Stage 2, these contestants only have a couple days to brainstorm and develop genuine, out-of-the-box, and impressive applications by making use of these products. These 10 finalists are allowed to call and gain supports from friends, colleagues, classmates, family, online networks, or even the advice from IT Travelers from last year. The contestants must videotape and upload their solution towards each challenge to the SmarTEST! website to impress and win the favor of supporters in India. Their performance will be scored based on the votes they receive from online followers, Taiwan brand partners, and the SmarTEST! Committee. The contestant with the lowest score will be eliminated at the end of each challenge. AXN eBuzz will also report on the top 10 winners of The SmarTEST! on August 10th, and update the elimination progress on a bi-weekly basis.

And what do the SmarTEST! followers get? The 2012 Taiwan Excellence SmarTEST! Committee is offering an economy class return flight ticket to Taipei for the most active and smartest voter who votes, comments, and shares about the 8 challenges at the SmarTEST! Stage Two. The reward is available for our attentive followers on as well as Facebook or Twitter: Twitter@TaiwanICT !

About The SmarTEST! (

To continue Taiwan Excellence’s ongoing effort to better consumers’ lives and therefore bring excellent technologies and designs to life via Taiwan Excellence’s award-winning ICT, home-living, sports and leisure products, in 2012 TAITRA further partnered up with 63 Taiwan brands and initiated the “SmarTEST!” campaign in China, Indonesia, India, and Vietnam. The 2012 Taiwan Excellence “The SmarTEST!” campaign, quite self-explanatory, in which the SMARTEST talents stand out from crowd, through a regional TEST, in which contestants are tested on the IQ, and knowledge related to TE (Taiwan Excellence) and its award winning brands. The SmarTEST! aims to outstand those most street-smart and the most creative minds in the four emerging markets- Indonesia, India, Vietnam, and Mainland China, and offers the contestants cash and prizes totaling US$100,000, the highest in Asia history!! 31 Taiwan international brands team up with TAITRA to support “The SmarTEST!” campaign in India. These include information technology & communication brands such as ADATA, ASUS, Aver, AVerMedia, Avision, BenQ, Cooler Master, D-Link, EDIMAX, ENERMAX, Genius, GIGABYTE, Just Mobile, Optoma, PQI, Silicon Power, Thermaltake and Transcend, as well as home and leisure brands such as Carnation, CASHIDO, Crosscarf, EILONG, EVERLIGHT, INADAYS, Karma, Microlife, PX, SHUTER, Strength Master, Watotec, and YENSUN. All these brands offer the latest models to the SmarTEST! contestants to learn, try on, and experience their quality and functionalities.

About Taiwan Excellence(

Taiwan Excellence was set up in 1992 by BOFT and TAITRA to encourage Taiwan industries to upgrade and incorporate innovalue into their products. The Award of Taiwan Excellence today is the highest accolade awarded to Taiwan products that encapsulate innovalue. The symbo l of Taiwan Excellence heralds Taiwan's ascent to world-class quality in product innovation, design and manufacturing, representing the highest standards which Taiwan products must meet to maintain its competitive edge in the global markets. In 2010, BOFT entrusted TAITRA to introduce Taiwan Excellence awarded innovative, reliable, and super value ICT products and brands to the rapidly developing countries and bring leading-edge technologies to the markets for excellent lifestyles. In 2012, 63 Taiwan Excellence awarded brands partnered up with TAITRA in Indonesia, India, Vietnam, and Mainland China markets.

About Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT) (

The Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT) under the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) of Taiwan, which is responsible for implementing policies and regulations governing foreign trade, economic cooperation, and foreign investments. Established in January 1969, BOFT's role and position have undergone continual adjustments to meet the needs of the shifting international economic and trade environment over the past few decades. BOFT has been guiding and working with the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) in numerous trade promotion projects and activities both internationally and domestically.

About TAITRA (

Founded in 1970 to help promote foreign trade, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) is the foremost non-profit trade promotion organization in Taiwan. Jointly sponsored by the government, industry associations, and several commercial organizations, TAITRA assists Taiwan businesses and manufacturers with reinforcing their international competitiveness and in coping with the challenges they face in foreign markets. TAITRA boasts a well-coordinated trade promotion and information network of over 600 trained specialists stationed throughout its Taipei headquarters and over 50 overseas branch offices worldwide. Together with its sister organizations, Taiwan Trade Center (TTC) and Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC), TAITRA has created a wealth of trade opportunities through effective promotion strategies.

Source: Business Wire India


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