CRE8 DESIGN, Facebook, TEDxTaipei - Challenge Your Creative Thinking on Entrepreneurship


As an effective catalytic, the Hackathon has become a growing trend where participants are challenged to come up with innovative ideas over an intense course of brainstorming.

This week, the Industrial Technology Research Institute of Taiwan together with the Stanford Graduate School of Business organized “On-Track: Hackathon on a Train” in Taiwan and invited design experts from CRE8 DESIGN, the founder of TEDxTaipei, and a social media guru from Facebook to lead students from Taiwan and Stanford GSB towards creative outputs that can be implemented in the real world.

Four teams comprising participants from different cultural and professional backgrounds wowed the judges by proposing new concepts of technology-enabled services that help solve problems encountered at the initiation stage of entrepreneurship.

As one of the mentors, Georg Todtenbier from CRE8 DESIGN stated, "Here in Taiwan, I can sense a true spirit of entrepreneurship. It can start with something as simple as the small noodle cart at the street corner. Taiwanese are very fast at starting new businesses.” He also observed that professional product designers are skilled problem solvers with the right tools for innovation even across disciplines. Their storytelling abilities make a difference when it comes to pitching an idea or concept to the audience.

"The best ideas are those which can benefit more human beings in the world,” commented Kris Verstockt, Founder of CRE8 DESIGN, who served on the panel of judges. Since several joint venture companies were present at the final awards ceremony, business ideas proposed at this event may have a chance to be realized.


With offices in both Taipei and the U.S., CRE8 DESIGN offers a multicultural array of award-winning product designers, graphic designers, branding experts, and mechanical engineers whose real-world experience with firms like Best Buy, Rocketfish, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and many others ensures the success of your next product development effort.

CRE8's team has been honored with 11 major design awards within the past year, including international recognition for our innovative consumer electronics product designs for Best Buy, Corsair, and Rocketfish. Learn more at