Fireside Chat with AppWorks Partner, Joseph Chan

Jun Wakabayashi, Analyst (若林純 / 分析師)

Jun is an Analyst covering both AppWorks Accelerator and Greater Southeast Asia. Born and bred in America, Jun brings a wealth of international experience to AppWorks. He spent the last several years before joining AppWorks working for Focus Reports, where he conducted sector-based market research and interviewed high-level government leaders and industry executives across the globe. He’s now lived in 7 countries outside US and Taiwan, while traveling to upwards of 50 for leisure, collectively highlighting his unique propensity for cross-cultural immersion and international business. Jun received his Bachelors in Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Joseph Chan, Partner at AppWorks, the largest accelerator in Greater Southeast Asia (Taiwan + Southeast Asia), depicts his initial, almost chance encounter with AppWorks, while illustrating how the company’s accelerator program will help Taiwan mold a more sustainable economic future. He also details future regional plans for AppWorks’ venture capital arm, and how they ultimately plan on leveraging their planned US$ 100 million Fund III to help position themselves as a key player in the region’s startup landscape.

Serendipitous Beginnings

Despite a longstanding career evaluating and investing in hardware-related ventures, the internet space has always served as an undying passion for AppWorks Partner Joseph Chan.

Chan first came across AppWorks by what he would consider a stroke of serendipity. During his decade-long tenure at CID, one of the largest and fastest growing investment vehicles in Asia, a handful of market segments such as consumer beauty and biotechnology were pursued outside the traditional hardware verticals where the group built its core competencies. Software companies, however, never seemed to wet investors’ appetites quite as much.

This reluctance towards internet ventures stemmed from a myriad of reasons including a badly bruised ego following the dot-com crash, misalignment with incentives traditionally found in hardware investments, and an almost microscopic-sized market potential in the eyes of Taiwanese investors. As a point of reference, CID at the time was managing funds cumulatively exceeding USD 1 billion, visibly minimizing AppWorks’ first fund of USD 11 million.

Around 2012, a promising young visionary named Jamie Lin, AppWorks’ Founding Partner, knocked on the front door seeking capital to invest in Taiwan’s internet startups. Lukewarm at the idea, but certainly acknowledging Lin’s tenacity and wits, CID’s founding partners decided to take a chance and delegated this project to Chan who, as luck would have it, was the only team member at the time to have any experience—let alone interest—related to the internet space, which came as a result of his first job out of university working for NASDAQ-listed GigaMedia, what was then operating as a broadband ISP.

That bet soon paid off. AppWorks Fund I saw the successful IPOs of two portfolio companies, NetPublishing and KuoBrothers. Meanwhile, the company had already courted enough institutional support to launch its second fund of USD 50 million, enabling AppWorks to cast a much wider net and eventually invest in 40 of Taiwan’s and Southeast Asia’s most promising tech startups.

An Urgent Calling

Consequently, Chan saw transitioning over to AppWorks as a prime opportunity to apply his years of financial expertise and investor insight to a critically important purpose greater than himself—that being AppWorks’ mission to cultivate Taiwan’s innovative capabilities and encompassing ecosystem for internet entrepreneurs.

Although hardware manufacturing and semiconductors have largely supported Taiwan’s economy to date, Chan is adamant in suggesting that software will essentially serve as the country’s saving grace in the coming decade. “30 percent of all hardware-related companies listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange will likely evaporate in the next 10 years,” he warns.

He specifically cites “one-trick ponies” or companies that only specialize in low-value, original manufacturing components as the ones at most risk of being in firing range. “These type of products can be easily vertically integrated into larger conglomerates, or even more likely, replicated by low-cost manufacturers in China,” exclaims Chan.

Creating a new generation of software-based blue chip stocks will not only help Taiwan ensure a sustainable economic future, but also re-capture value from current global blue chip leaders to prevent the country from paying what Chan refers to as a “Google tax” or “Facebook tax” in perpetuity.

“Given that Taiwan’s e-commerce market is currently valued at roughly USD 34 billion, and assuming startups are allocating on average 7 to 9 percent of their budgets to online marketing, we’re leaking out a significant chunk of value that ultimately benefits foreign platforms like Facebook, which currently serves as the dominant channel for online advertising in Taiwan,” Chan laments.

Back to Basics

AppWorks Accelerator was created to plug that gap. Pre-dating the venture arm, the company’s accelerator program was established in 2010 and aims to equip bold and ambitious entrepreneurs from all over Greater Southeast Asia (GSEA) with the necessary resources, mentorship, training, and connections to get their businesses off the ground. Operating in 6-month batches, AppWorks Accelerator has now graduated 15 batches, encompassing over 323 startups and 780 founders.

With nearly 15 years of experience in institutional investing, Chan advises on many matters, particularly pertaining to fundraising, finance, and legal—all pertinent areas for any founder in his or her own right. But Chan believes the most important aspect that their program can help cultivate, but certainly not instill, is drive.

“In Taiwan, many founders of course have dreams and ambitions, but do they have the insight or experience to see the broader picture—particularly one that expands beyond the borders of Taiwan—and be willing to do whatever it takes to get there?” postulates Chan. “We’re all ex-founders and operators, giving us experienced insight into what exactly founders need, and also what they will need, but perhaps aren’t yet aware of.”

And AppWorks has certainly proved its worth. Many former batch companies such as EZTABLE and Umbo CV have all gone on to receive additional rounds of financing after graduating from the program and execute steadfast expansion strategies into the region.

Looking Outward

Operating in a similar fashion to a startup, AppWorks itself is no different. Since the VC arm underpins the effective development and operation of the accelerator program, AppWorks has expanded the scope of their market to investments all across Greater Southeast East. They’ve now become of the most active early stage investors in the region, executing 10 – 15 deals per year. These efforts will be further accelerated through AppWorks Fund III, targeting a sum of USD 100 million upon completion of fundraising. The sizable fund will primarily focus on financing startups’ Series A and B rounds that fall under the themes of GSEA and AI.

However, with a track record that’s been so far primarily centered on Taiwan and Taiwanese entrepreneurs, how can AppWorks possibly be seen as a serious investor, let alone advisor, in any other country across the region?

Chan responds with a two-pronged approach: “First, fundamentally speaking, Taiwan is a fantastic market to launch an internet business, especially with such a digitally-savvy population and internet penetration rates reaching 87 percent—among the highest in the region. That alone gives us enough leverage to appeal to internet startups across Southeast Asia. Second, in hot markets such as Indonesia where we have yet to develop a proven track record, we will take on a more subordinate role in financing deals, partnering with local funds that have already established reputable expertise and insight.”

Southeast Asia is a vibrant region full of hopes and promises, with tech enthusiasts, investors, and entrepreneurs alike all peering in and waiting for the floodgates to open. Whether or not AppWorks, and in turn Taiwan, will be at the forefront of that impending wave—only time will tell. But, if the past few years have been even a sliver of indication for Chan, serendipity will likely continue serving as a fortuitous force moving forward.

We’re on a diehard mission to push Taiwan and Southeast Asia forward, and truly believe in the Internet’s ability to keep reinventing the world and make it a better place. If you’re also passionate about helping entrepreneurs and startups, and think you you’ve got the energy, attitude, and appetite for making a difference, join our team!

Why more and more startups are targeting Greater Southeast Asia

Jun Wakabayashi, Analyst (若林純 / 分析師)

Jun is an Analyst covering both AppWorks Accelerator and Greater Southeast Asia. Born and bred in America, Jun brings a wealth of international experience to AppWorks. He spent the last several years before joining AppWorks working for Focus Reports, where he conducted sector-based market research and interviewed high-level government leaders and industry executives across the globe. He’s now lived in 7 countries outside US and Taiwan, while traveling to upwards of 50 for leisure, collectively highlighting his unique propensity for cross-cultural immersion and international business. Jun received his Bachelors in Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Within the realm of tech startups, Southeast Asia has certainly elicited no shortage of investor interest and cash-strapped entrepreneurs chasing the unicorn dream—and rightly so. The region is home to the world’s third largest base of Internet users, with a fast-growing online economy now set to exceed US$ 200 billion by 2025, according to an updated report co-authored by Google and Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund Temasek. With 3.8 million new users coming online each month, market opportunities are increasingly ripe for the taking across these frontier markets that are just now coming to terms with rising affluence, consumer sophistication, and widespread digital penetration.

As a region, Southeast Asia has become a ubiquitous classification that is generally understood to encompass the 10 nations under ASEAN, with a primary focus on the six largest markets of Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam. But what if you, perhaps quite sensibly, lumped Taiwan into the mix? So enters Greater Southeast Asia.


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Simply put, Greater Southeast Asia (GSEA) is Taiwan + Southeast Asia. The term was most recently popularized by Singapore-based internet and gaming company Sea in their recent IPO filing on the NYSE. In the group’s prospectus summary, GSEA is characterized as “one of the world’s fastest growing regions in terms of per capita GDP and at the early stages of internet penetration,” with “markets [becoming] increasingly interdependent, particularly for internet business models.”

It’s a rather colorful illustration that has long been applied to the formative grouping of 10 ASEAN nations. And given that 90 percent of Sea’s revenues is largely derived from its Garena gaming business, there’s a stark possibility that Taiwan was merely roped in for its regional dominance in online gaming.

However, a closer side-by-side comparison reveals a market that can not only hold its own when it comes to economic clout and technical ingenuity, but also serve as a guiding beacon for its more emerging brethren in the region that have only recently begun fully embracing the digital age.

A Diamond in the Rough

By and large, Southeast Asia’s startup landscape is still in its infancy, particularly when stacked up against mature markets such as US and Europe or even China where unicorns are comparatively abundant. To date, only 10 startups have crossed the coveted billion-dollar valuation threshold, with an average age of 6.5 years running across the board.

Unbeknownst to most, there is actually one unicorn to have come out of Taiwan’s stable—online English learning service TutorABC, which was established in 2004. That being said, Taiwan’s internet sector extends much further, with the earliest instance of e-commerce dating back to the late 90s when local online shopping champion PChome was founded. That means Taiwanese citizens have been purchasing on the web for the better part of two decades. It should therefore come as no surprise that the percentage of residents who shop online in Taiwan is surpassed only by the US and UK. Coupled with smartphone penetration reaching upwards of 75.8%—the 2nd highest in the world—this little island has actually given way to the largest e-commerce market in Greater Southeast Asia, for now at least.


Source: Frost & Sullivan

Aside from a few other challengers such as Momo, Taobao, and Yahoo!, PChome’s dominance over the domestic market had been left more or less uncontested since its establishment—that is until Singapore-based Shopee (Sea’s e-commerce arm) entered Taiwan in 2015. By adopting a mobile-first strategy, Shopee truly hit home with the nation’s digitally savvy and cyber-hungry population. Monthly orders grew rapidly to roughly 5.8 million per month, effectively usurping PChome as the market leader and contributing more than a third of the group’s total orders by Q2 2017.

 

Naturally, more and more foreign players have caught wind of the latent opportunities in Taiwan’s internet and mobile economy that are evidently up for grabs, despite its maturity. Southeast Asian startups such as Carousell, Shopback, and Honestbee have increasingly prioritized Taiwan along their regional conquests, a trend that’s likely to continue moving forward.

Startup Sanctuary

With only a population of 23.5 million people, Taiwan actually boasts the second largest economy in terms of nominal GDP when stacked against ASEAN countries. The country also displays—albeit unofficially—a human development index of .882, superceded only by Singapore in the GSEA region, while also scoring highly on most international rankings including global competitiveness, ease of doing business, and most notably innovation; According to Bloomberg’s Global Innovation Survey in 2014, Taiwan was cited to have the highest number of patents per population, and per R&D expenditure in the world.


Source: IMF

While unable to keep pace with the lucrative growth rates of an Indonesia or Philippines, Taiwan offers several fundamental factors conducive for bootstrapping and developing startups. Not only are the living costs a third of what you might find in Singapore, but the availability of technical talent far exceeds the rest of GSEA–perhaps best validated by Google’s US$ 1.1 billion acquihire of HTC’s smartphone assets, reportedly consisting of 2,000 engineering and design talent.

Currently, Taiwan boasts roughly 8,000 software engineering graduates per year, with average annual salaries hovering around US$ 20,400, compared to approximately 4,400 graduates and US$ 35,000 respectively in Singapore.

This is on top of the roughly 25,000 electrical engineers the country’s academic system churns out every year, truly speaking to the country’s longstanding heritage of semiconductor and hardware manufacturing. This grants aspiring innovators a unique opportunity to capitalize on the trending intersection of hardware and software, especially when it comes to IoT, smart city, and Industry 4.0.

From a VC funding perspective, although visibly minimized by Singapore and Indonesia, Taiwan still manages to come in a resilient third. And if we back out the billions of dollars raised by the region’s handful of unicorns, namely Grab of Singapore and Go-Jek of Indonesia, you realize Taiwan is just as good a place for an early-stage startup to raise money as those 2 countries.


Source: CB Insights, Taiwan Startup Stadium

Certainly recognizing its limitations as an end-all, be-all type market, Taiwan’s government has been pushing for a more future-ready environment that fosters and embraces innovation, rather than stifles it. Whether it’s establishing a regulatory sandbox, launching a dedicated AI research lab, unveiling a US$ 333 million national VC fund, or even just loosening its borders for foreign talent, it’s clear that Taiwan is keen on cultivating an ecosystem that can attract and enable startups from all over the region to keep up with the evolutionary pace of technology.

Redefining Old Cliques

2017 marked the 50th anniversary of ASEAN, a collective club of chaotic and sprawling settlements, historically only seen in the underbelly of neighboring behemoths China and India, until recent times that is. Open up the front page of Tech in Asia or e27 and you’re bound to come across the latest high-flying valuations of Southeast Asian tech startups disrupting traditional industries.

For Taiwan, though, the last 50 years have largely operated under the impetus of “Greater China.” While this term is not an official political classification, it infers an dependent type of relationship that has long confined Taiwan and its economic future to forces outside of its own control.

Taiwan’s “New Southbound Policy,” short of formally joining the intergovernmental organization, strives to align the island nation with ASEAN countries. Specifically, it fittingly contextualizes the country’s technical brawn, mature digital economy, and longstanding penchant towards innovation as the beating heart of a region currently bursting with opportunities.

If you’re a startup in the region looking to capture both scale and monetization, both growth and margin, and to build both local operations and a regional R&D hub, then expanding your scope to include both SEA + Taiwan hence, Greater Southeast Asia, is increasingly looking like an avenue that you can’t afford to miss.

For more information on how ambitious entrepreneurs across Greater Southeast Asia can leverage AppWorks Accelerator to capitalize on the region’s digital awakening, visit our website.

AppWorks Year in Review 2017

AppWorks 今天發表 AppWorks Year in Review 2017,總結過去一年來努力的成果,在此邀請大家點擊過去欣賞所有 AppWorks Startups 與我的同仁們這 365 個日子累積的點滴。

利用這個機會,我也要代表大家衷心感謝所有給 AppWorks 機會、接受我們服務的創業者,所有的 AppWorks Mentors,還有 AWS、Microsoft Azure、Google、Facebook 等 AppWorks Accelerator Partners,AppWorks Funds 的所有投資人,以及所有網路與電商業界先進,在 2017 年給我們的支持和指導。

2018 年,請大家不吝繼續指教。

AppWorks School / iOS Class #6 口碑好評,限時招生中 – 目標就業、全程免費、實作導向的新時代軟體人才訓練計畫!

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AppWorks School 成立於 2016 年,致力提供想投入數位、網路與電商產業的人才,免費、實作、高效、與業界結合的紮實培訓計畫。過去 iOS Class 四班以來,已畢業 49 位學員,其中 39 位成功投身網路界,在隆中網絡、91APP、UDN Shopping、CHOCOLABS、Tagtoo、巴哈姆特、早餐吃麥片等知名企業擔任軟體工程師,工作表現普遍獲得企業肯定。

接下來,我們將繼續開設 iOS Class #6,持續培養更多新時代的數位人才。在此呼叫所有對學習軟體開發有興趣、樂於挑戰自我,想轉換至更有未來的工程職涯的朋友,把握這個寶貴的機會。

>> Android Class #1 同步招生中,想學習 Android App 開發請按此 <<

iOS Class #6 即日起開放報名,限額 15 名

  • 費用:全程免費,沒有任何隱含費用
  • 學習期間
    • 遠距預習 (4 週):2018/2/5(一) – 2018/3/9(五),含春節假期
    • 駐點集訓 (16 週):2018/3/12(一) 開學日 – 2018/6/29(五) 結業日
  • 學習地點:台北市信義區基隆路一段 178 號 2F
  • 內容規劃
    • 遠距預習 (4 週)
      每週約 10-15 小時的學習量,我們將提供線上預習資源與每週預習進度,幫助學員為開學後的高強度課程預做暖身。期間無須進駐 AppWorks School。
    • 駐點集訓 (16 週)
      每週約 75 小時的學習量,包含每週一到五 9:00 – 18:00 全程參與,及週間晚上與週末的指定閱讀與功課。平日晚間與週末的時間你仍然可以彈性安排,只要自律地完成學習進度即可。
      — 第一階段:透過 AppWorks School 集結業界實務所需規劃出的指定專案,練習完成第一個 App 作品。
      — 第二階段:將強化資料結構與演算法等 CS 基礎,並透過專題討論、小組分享,統整 iOS App 開發中重要的核心觀念。
      — 第三階段:將透過學員小組合作,於指定程式碼範例上撰寫新功能,學習協作開發及衝突解決。
      — 第四階段:由學員自主規劃、獨立設計並動手開發心目中理想的 App ,直接實踐創意與想法,完成獨一無二的個人作品。
  • 就業媒合
    AppWorks School 將規劃履歷撰寫、模擬面試等工作坊,並與 Hiring Partners 合作,舉辦 Hiring Day 活動,幫助學員加速找到心目中的理想工作。
  • 技術專題 / 實務分享 / 企業參訪
    每週固定安排,藉由 CTO、Senior Developer 分享實務經驗、公司組織文化、開發流程等專題,幫助學員熟悉網路公司的運作,瞭解未來將面對的機會與挑戰。
  • <從 0 開始學程式,非本科系的軟體轉職心路> 分享會
    • 2017/12/26 (二) 19:00 – 21:00 @ 台北市基隆路一段 178 號 6 樓,18:30 開始入場
    • 如果你想當面聽聽校友們的經驗分享,或是進一步了解 AppWorks School ,都非常歡迎你來參加,讓我們幫助你做最好的決定
    • 出席與否不影響申請評估結果

報名方式

  • 申請資格
    • 以成為優秀軟體工程師為目標
    • 年滿 18 歲,合法居留於台灣
    • 遠距預習 4 週、駐點集訓 16 週,全程參與的決心
    • 如經錄取,能自備 Mac 筆記型電腦參與 (因 iOS App 開發環境限制,參與 iOS Class 需要 Mac 系統筆電方能進行)
  • 申請方式
    • iOS Class #6 申請已經截止,如有意願申請其他班次,歡迎你留下聯絡資訊,或按讚訂閱 AppWorks School 的 FB 粉絲頁,我們將第一時間通知你新的班次資訊
  • 作業日程
    • 2017/12/13 (三) – 2018/1/07(日) 23:59 前接受申請
    • 2018/1/19 (五) 前,個別以 Email 通知申請結果

校友心得

AppWorks School 是一個起點,幫我跨越入門的巨大障礙並理解業界現況,同時,它也提供就業媒合服務,讓我真的站上起跑點、拿到入場券。至於站上舞台後可以走多遠、走多久、走到哪裡去,就是每個人的選擇了。如今我獲得了想要的能力,在職涯上選擇更廣、機會更多、待遇也更好。
—— Jing Chuang, iOS Class #1 學員 (現於 UDN 行動發展部擔任 iOS Developer)

我花了三個多月的時間,日以繼夜的寫 iOS App,包含假日在內,每天都在耕耘自己的實力,最後終於拿到畢業證書。但重點不是證書,而是這裡有著非常非常非常充實的課程,與同伴一起學習,也獨立上架 App。在這裡打拼的日子真的很開心,如果再重來一次,我還是會做同樣的選擇,完全不後悔進入 School。這次學習最實際的果實,就是成功轉職進入金融集團的新事業團隊,成為新產品的開發成員,跟著強大的技術主管繼續學習、進步,對我來說這真是一個最接近 Wonderland 的地方!
—— Bomi Chen, iOS Class #3 學員 (現於新光金控擔任 iOS Developer)

我認識了一群對學習充滿熱情的朋友,僅管畢業了還是會分享彼此新學到的知識,並且一起打鬧,在這種高壓環境下產生的情誼是十分珍貴的。而透過 School,我也認識了前幾屆畢業的學長姐,大家互相發問、討教,也是意外的收穫。我相信,隨著畢業學生人數的增加,AppWorks School 會成為一個逐漸壯大的社群,希望未來有更多對學習有熱情的朋友加入,為軟體業注入新血。
—— Francis Tseng, iOS Class #4 學員 (現於 GoodLife 擔任 iOS Developer)

iOS Class 學員作品

過去 iOS Class 每一屆的學員都以 5 週的時間完成自主專案,並讓作品送審、上架到 AppStore。歡迎你下載、試用他們努力的成果,只要有興趣,且願意花時間學習,你也可以做到。

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ASiC#3-Caca ASiC#3-Furkids ASiC#3-Let'sDev ASiC#4-LittleTrip ASiC#2-Lynla

活動剪影

實作討論

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企業參訪

iOS Class #3 Visit

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技術專題 / 實務分享

iOS Class #3 Sharing

iOS Class #3 Mentor Lunch

FAQ

參加 iOS Class 需要具備哪些相關技能?不會寫程式也可以嗎?
只要你符合申請資格 – 年滿 18 歲、在台灣合法居留、想成為軟體工程師,並具備全程參與的決心,不限學經歷、科系背景,都歡迎你填寫報名表。

免費參加課程需要簽訂任何契約嗎?結訓後我可以自由選擇工作嗎?
除了與學員約定基本公約與保密義務的君子之約,AppWorks School 不會與學員簽訂其他權利義務關係。結訓後,你可以自由應徵工作,AppWorks School 也會透過與企業夥伴的媒合活動,幫助你在第一時間取得最多工作機會,做出對自己最好的決定。

我想學習 iOS 開發以外的技能,AppWorks School 會開設其他班次嗎?
AppWorks School 同時經營 Android Class,目前 Android Class #1 正在招生中,歡迎你提出申請。此外, AppWorks School 將依據網路產業的職缺需求規劃課程內容,也歡迎你填寫調查表,讓我們知道你感興趣的課程,若有相關課程,我們會在第一時間通知你開班資訊。

AppWorks School 不收學費,那你們要靠什麼賺錢?
AppWorks School 的初期營運費用由 AppWorks 全額負擔。當我們培養出網路公司需要的人才,則會得到介紹費,維持學校的營運,藉此, AppWorks School 可以專注教育網路公司需要的人才,是更有長期思維、以人才與公司雙贏為目標的機構。

我是全職上班族,可以部分參與 AppWorks School 的課程嗎?
由於 AppWorks School 以人才就業與實作為目標,因此課程內容非常繁重 (是的,需要有心理準備),為了讓學員有最佳學習效果,我們需要你的全程參與。

AppWorks 為什麼要經營 School ?
在 AI 與自動化科技快速崛起,持續顛覆傳統行業的現在,加入網路、電商、遊戲、廣告科技、物聯網、機器人、智慧汽車、AR / VR 等蒸蒸日上的新科技行業,無疑是 21 世紀人才最保險,也最有發展性的職涯選擇。

然而,這些新興企業需要的專長,如日新月異的開發工具,或是行為標籤、資料科學、成長駭客 (Growth Hacking)、開發營運 (DevOps) 等新領域,都是傳統學校體系難以跟上腳步的。也因此,我們觀察到學校與新興科技業界間的學用落差、數位落差日益擴大。

從 2010 年開始,AppWorks 長期推動數位經濟在大東南亞 (台灣 + 東協) 的發展,透過 AppWorks Accelerator 創業加速器與 AppWorks Funds 創投基金,幫助、投資網路創業者,目前已經支持 EZTABLE、Pubgame、91APP、KKday、創業家兄弟、Lalamove 等超過 300 家網路與電商公司,全體年產值超過 390 億台幣,雇用員工人數達 5,696 人。隨著生態系的快速成長,我們也發現在人才的質與量上,都越來越難滿足所有公司的需求。

因此,為了幫助年輕人成為新時代科技公司需要的人才,也為了幫助 AppWorks Startups 找到更多優秀的生力軍,在 2016 年,AppWorks 決定成立 AppWorks School。

AppWorks School 與 AppWorks Accelerator 有什麼不同?
AppWorks Accelerator 提供「創業者」需要的策略輔導、行銷資源、財務、法務諮詢等服務,幫助創業者逐步打造出一流網路公司;而 AppWorks School 則專注於培養網路產業所需的一流軟體人才,幫助他們學習開發技術、大小型專案管理實務等技能。

 

AppWorks School / Android Class #1 全新班次,限時招生中 – 目標就業、全程免費、實作導向,培養你成為新時代的軟體人才!

AndroidCoverAppWorks School 成立於 2016 年,致力提供想投入數位、網路與電商產業的人才,免費、實作、高效、與業界結合的紮實培訓計畫。過去 iOS Class 四班以來,已畢業 49 位學員,其中 39 位成功投身網路界,在隆中網絡、91APP、UDN Shopping、CHOCOLABS、Tagtoo、巴哈姆特、早餐吃麥片等知名企業擔任軟體工程師,工作表現普遍獲得企業肯定。

而在近兩年與企業夥伴合作的過程中,AppWorks School 持續收到來自業界的熱烈請求,希望我們能同步培訓 Android 人才,以滿足企業的多元技術人才需求;同時,在接觸過眾多想跨入軟體工程領域的人才後,AppWorks School 也瞭解到,除了 iOS,有許多人也對 Google 推出的 Android 系統懷抱著極大熱情,期望有機會學習 Androip App 程式開發,加入 Android 工程師的行列,改變超過 70% 智慧型手機使用者的生活!

因此,AppWorks School 決定投入更多資源,除繼續經營 iOS Class 外,更增設 Android Class,讓 Android App 的學習者,也能透過我們規劃的紮實專案訓練,提升技術實力,成為網路產業炙手可熱的人才。

在此呼叫所有對學習軟體開發有興趣、樂於挑戰自我,想轉換至更有未來的工程職涯的朋友,把握這個寶貴的機會。

>> iOS Class #6 同步招生中,想學習 iOS App 開發請按此 <<

Android Class #1 即日起開放報名,限額 15 名

  • 費用:全程免費,沒有任何隱含費用
  • 學習期間
    • 遠距預習 (4 週):2018/2/5(一) – 2018/3/9(五),含春節假期
    • 駐點集訓 (16 週):2018/3/12(一) 開學日 – 2018/6/29(五) 結業日
  • 學習地點:台北市信義區基隆路一段 178 號 2F
  • 內容規劃
    • 遠距預習 (4 週)
      每週約 10-15 小時的學習量,我們將提供線上預習資源與每週預習進度,幫助學員為開學後的高強度課程預做暖身。期間無須進駐 AppWorks School。
    • 駐點集訓 (16 週)
      每週約 75 小時的學習量,包含每週一到五 9:00 – 18:00 全程參與,及週間晚上與週末的指定閱讀與功課。平日晚間與週末的時間你仍然可以彈性安排,只要自律地完成學習進度即可。
      — 第一階段:透過 AppWorks School 集結業界實務所需規劃出的指定專案,練習完成第一個 App 作品。
      — 第二階段:將強化資料結構與演算法等 CS 基礎,並透過專題討論、小組分享,統整 Android App 開發中重要的核心觀念。
      — 第三階段:將透過學員小組合作,於指定程式碼範例上撰寫新功能,學習協作開發及衝突解決。
      — 第四階段:由學員自主規劃、獨立設計並動手開發心目中理想的 App ,直接實踐創意與想法,完成獨一無二的個人作品。
    • 就業媒合
      AppWorks School 將規劃履歷撰寫、模擬面試等工作坊,並與 Hiring Partners 合作,舉辦 Hiring Day 活動,幫助學員加速找到心目中的理想工作。
    • 技術專題 / 實務分享 / 企業參訪
      每週固定安排,藉由 CTO、Senior Developer 分享實務經驗、公司組織文化、開發流程等專題,幫助學員熟悉網路公司的運作,瞭解未來將面對的機會與挑戰。
    • <從 0 開始學程式,非本科系的軟體轉職心路> 分享會
      2017/12/26 (二) 19:00 – 21:00 @ 台北市基隆路一段 178 號 6 樓,18:30 開始入場
      如果你想當面聽聽校友們的經驗分享,或是進一步了解 AppWorks School ,都非常歡迎你來參加,讓我們幫助你做最好的決定。
      出席與否不影響申請評估結果

報名方式

  • 申請資格
    • 以成為優秀軟體工程師為目標
    • 年滿 18 歲,合法居留於台灣
    • 遠距預習 4 週、駐點集訓 16 週,全程參與的決心
    • 如經錄取,能自備筆記型電腦參與
  • 申請方式
    • Android Class #1 申請已經截止,如有意願申請其他班次,歡迎你留下聯絡資訊,或按讚訂閱 AppWorks School 的 FB 粉絲頁,我們將第一時間通知你新的班次資訊。
  • 作業日程
    2017/12/13 (三) – 2018/1/07(日) 23:59 前接受申請
    2018/1/19 (五) 前,個別以 Email 通知申請結果

校友心得

AppWorks School 是一個起點,幫我跨越入門的巨大障礙並理解業界現況,同時,它也提供就業媒合服務,讓我真的站上起跑點、拿到入場券。至於站上舞台後可以走多遠、走多久、走到哪裡去,就是每個人的選擇了。如今我獲得了想要的能力,在職涯上選擇更廣、機會更多、待遇也更好。
—— Jing Chuang, iOS Class #1 學員 (現於 UDN 行動發展部擔任 iOS Developer)

我認識了一群對學習充滿熱情的朋友,僅管畢業了還是會分享彼此新學到的知識,並且一起打鬧,這種在高壓環境中培養出的情誼是十分珍貴的。而透過 School,我也認識了前幾屆畢業的學長姐,大家互相發問、討教,也是意外的收穫。我相信,隨著畢業學生人數的增加,AppWorks School 會成為一個逐漸壯大的社群,希望未來有更多對學習有熱情的朋友加入,為軟體業注入新血。
—— Francis Tseng, iOS Class #4 學員 (現於 GoodLife 擔任 iOS Developer)

活動剪影

實作討論

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企業參訪

iOS Class #3 Visit

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技術專題 / 實務分享

iOS Class #3 Sharing

iOS Class #3 Mentor Lunch

FAQ

參加 Android Class 需要具備哪些相關技能?不會寫程式也可以嗎?
只要你符合申請資格 – 年滿 18 歲、在台灣合法居留、想成為軟體工程師,並具備全程參與的決心,不限學經歷、科系背景,都歡迎你填寫報名表。

免費參加課程需要簽訂任何契約嗎?結訓後我可以自由選擇工作嗎?
除了與學員約定基本公約與保密義務的君子之約,AppWorks School 不會與學員簽訂其他權利義務關係。結訓後,你可以自由應徵工作,AppWorks School 也會透過與企業夥伴的媒合活動,幫助你在第一時間取得最多工作機會,做出對自己最好的決定。

我想學習 Android 開發以外的技能,AppWorks School 會開設其他班次嗎?
AppWorks School 同時經營 iOS Class,目前 iOS Class #6 正在招生中,歡迎你提出申請。此外,AppWorks School 將依據網路產業的職缺需求規劃其他課程內容,也歡迎你填寫調查表,讓我們知道你感興趣的課程,若有相關課程,我們會在第一時間通知你開班資訊。

AppWorks School 不收學費,那你們要靠什麼賺錢?
AppWorks School 的初期營運費用由 AppWorks 全額負擔。當我們培養出網路公司需要的人才,則會得到介紹費,維持學校的營運,藉此, AppWorks School 可以專注教育網路公司需要的人才,是更有長期思維、以人才與公司雙贏為目標的機構。

我是全職上班族,可以部分參與 AppWorks School 的課程嗎?
由於 AppWorks School 以人才就業與實作為目標,因此課程內容非常繁重 (是的,需要有心理準備),為了讓學員有最佳學習效果,我們需要你的全程參與。

AppWorks 為什麼要經營 School ?
在 AI 與自動化科技快速崛起,持續顛覆傳統行業的現在,加入網路、電商、遊戲、廣告科技、物聯網、機器人、智慧汽車、AR / VR 等蒸蒸日上的新科技行業,無疑是 21 世紀人才最保險,也最有發展性的職涯選擇。

然而,這些新興企業需要的專長,如日新月異的開發工具,或是行為標籤、資料科學、成長駭客 (Growth Hacking)、開發營運 (DevOps) 等新領域,都是傳統學校體系難以跟上腳步的。也因此,我們觀察到學校與新興科技業界間的學用落差、數位落差日益擴大。

從 2010 年開始,AppWorks 長期推動數位經濟在大東南亞 (台灣 + 東協) 的發展,透過 AppWorks Accelerator 創業加速器與 AppWorks Funds 創投基金,幫助、投資網路創業者,目前已經支持 EZTABLE、Pubgame、91APP、KKday、創業家兄弟、Lalamove 等超過 300 家網路與電商公司,全體年產值超過 390 億台幣,雇用員工人數達 5,696 人。隨著生態系的快速成長,我們也發現在人才的質與量上,都越來越難滿足所有公司的需求。

因此,為了幫助年輕人成為新時代科技公司需要的人才,也為了幫助 AppWorks Startups 找到更多優秀的生力軍,在 2016 年,AppWorks 決定成立 AppWorks School。

AppWorks School 與 AppWorks Accelerator 有什麼不同?
AppWorks Accelerator 提供「創業者」需要的策略輔導、行銷資源、財務、法務諮詢等服務,幫助創業者逐步打造出一流網路公司;而 AppWorks School 則專注於培養網路產業所需的一流軟體人才,幫助他們學習開發技術、大小型專案管理實務等技能。