06 April 2020
Computex, one of the largest computer and technology trade shows in the world has been postponed and the reason behind this delay is we all know. Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and Taiwan Computer Association (TCA), the two organizations that organize the annual event said they’re rescheduling the expo to September due to COVID-19. This makes the trade show the latest tech conference to be affected by the outbreak.
So, instead of the previously scheduled June 2nd, the conference will now begin on September 28th and will run just three days instead of five. The trade show will present 5G and communication, smart solutions, gaming and InnoVEX (startups). According to the official announcement, exhibitors who continue to support Computex, TAITRA will organize a Computex online exhibition on the Taiwantrade from June 2-June 6 and invite global buyers to participate in online procurement meetings.
“TAITRA will also invite exhibitors to conduct new product launches, as well as invite global ICT companies to share 5G, AIoT, and other smart technology applications through Webinar.”
Back in 2003, the Computex event was also postponed to September due to SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak in Asia. It became the second-largest IT trade show in the world in terms of numbers of exhibitors and visitors.
Many big annual conferences have already been either canceled or rescheduled to happen later. Mobile World Congress and Google’s I/O are to name some. And, smartphone companies have taken the route of online-only events to launch their new mobile phones.
COVID-19 is a pandemic that is growing aggressively all over the world and eating the lives of thousands of people. It has affected the world economy and is currently in no state to stop anywhere. Several events and happenings in every sector are being called off due to this deadliest disease. The impact is huge, but, let’s just hope that the situation will come under control one day.