OWNDAYS SUMMIT 2018 IN TAIWAN was held at SHARK, a club house located near Taipei 101. As usual, the event started late at night so staff from all over Taiwan could head over to Taipei to attend the event after shops closed for the day.
When the staff arrived at the venue, the first thing that came into sight was a giant LED across the front of the event hall. A new chapter in the history of OWNDAYS Taiwan awaited everyone!
Lights in the hall dimmed and a video featuring the 36 OWNDAYS shops in Taiwan came on the screen. The staff cheered along the upbeat background music as pictures of each shop showed up on screen one after the other. After the video showcase, the MCs made their entrance on stage. They were Woo and Irene. The two gave the opening address, signifying the official start of the OWNDAYS SUMMIT 2018 IN TAIWAN.
22:40 SPEECH BY GENERAL MANAGER MISA HAMACHI
The first programme of the night was a speech by General Manager Hamachi san.
“Hello! Today, I don’t need this!”
Hamachi was referring to the script she had prepared in advance. She tossed it away and decided to ad lib to everyone in Chinese.
Hamachi san announced the launch of 2 new shops and that there would be a total of 30 shop manager positions this election with the addition of 2 new shops.
“We will be the No.1 eyewear shop in Taiwan!!” Hamachi san declared and to which the staff gave their loudest cheer in reply.
22:50 OWNDAYS I.R.A.C. WORLD MAX 2018 TAIWAN STAGE
9 finalists who had topped the qualifying rounds in different regions of Taiwan lined up on stage. The crew members had set up the necessary tools and equipment on the table in front of them.
2 winners would represent Taiwan in the OWNDAYS I.R.A.C. World Stage in Tokyo. With the World No.1 title and the cash prize equivalent to 1 million yen at stake, the finalists looked set to give their best.
“The battle starts now!!”
The finalists started to make their rimless glasses upon the MCs’ cue while the staff cheered them on. As the timer counted down to the end of the contest, the finalists raised their hands one after the other, signalling that they had completed their rimless glasses. Some finished ahead of time while others completed in the nick of time.
The intense contest came to an end as the 20-minute time limit ticked away. The 9 finalists had turned their fate over to the judges who would be scoring the rimless glasses one by one.
23:30 MR & MS OWNDAYS CONTEST
We had the first Mr & Ms OWNDAYS contest in Taiwan this time. The two winners would become the face of OWNDAYS on social media in the upcoming year.
4 final round contestants came on to the stage. They were each given one minute to show off their talent and garner support from the audience. The audience were blown away and were cheering and whistling throughout their performances. After the performance segment, the contestants went around the hall with a voting panel each. The male and the female contestants with the most number of votes would be the proud winners.
Winning the first Mr OWNDAYS title was Rain who performed an amazing ballad! As to the Ms OWNDAYS title, it went to Ally who impressed everyone with her stunning hip hop dance!
24:00 PERFORMANCE BY KIIYAMA SHOUTEN
We had a special live performance by Kiiyama Shouten, a popular music band from Okinawa, Japan. They had a performance in Taiwan the previous month and that was the start of their collaboration with OWNDAYS.
Music is universal and language barrier does not hinder one’s appreciation for music. The audience all had a great time enjoying the upbeat and fun music from the group.
24:45 SHOP MANAGER GENERAL ELECTION RESULTS
There was a total of 45 final round candidates consisting of existing shop managers and newcomers. Of which, the top 30 would be appointed shop managers. The audience applauded as the names of the successful candidates were announced.
1st place went to Chang from Tai Chung area. He had won everyone over with his earnest attitude as a newcomer and subsequently with his stellar results as a shop manager.
24:55 OWNDAYS I.R.A.C. WORLD MAX 2018 TAIWAN STAGE – RESULTS
The two finalists who had made the most perfect pairs of rimless glasses would receive the prized ticket to the OWNDAYS I.R.A.C. World Stage in Japan.
We first announced the results from the 9th to 5th place. As the results showed up on screen, the audience could not help but let out a sigh of disappointment upon learning that their favourite finalists were defeated.
Four finalists remained on the stage. The best two of the four would become the representatives of Taiwan and would face off contenders from around the world.
The first winner announced was Trainer Jason. He participated in the World Stage in 2016 but was unfortunately defeated in the Taiwan Stage last year. Sharing the victory with Jason was Supervisor Ken. The two would be flying the Taiwan flag on the World Stage in a bid to bring the World Champion glory back home.
25:10 SPEECH BY OWNDAYS GROUP CEO TANAKA SHUJI
Group CEO Tanaka san made his way to the stage as the audience chanted, “CEO!! CEO!!” He praised the staff for their hard work and dedication and encouraged them to aim for 50 shops in Taiwan. The staff were motivated by his words and all strived to work even harder moving forward!
We had our area managers and supervisors, a total of 5 of them, lead everyone in the OWNDAYS cheer, a tradition we would do without fail at the end of every event.
“Yeah! Yeah! OWNDAYS!!”
With everyone cheering and raising their fist, the OWNDAYS SUMMIT 2018 IN TAIWAN ended on a splendid note.
Let’s aim to be the World No.1 Optical Shop! OWNDAYS Taiwan will continue its trajectory of exponential growth in 2018!
OWNDAYS SUMMIT IN TAIWAN 2018！
This was OWNDAYS SUMMIT IN TAIWAN 2017, a happy time where we collected happy faces in our original Instagram photo frame!