Computex 2020 has joined the growing list of tech trade shows that have been cancelled this year as a result of Covid-19. The next Computex event will be held from 1 June to 5 June 2021.
The organisers, Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and Taipei Computer Association (TCA) cited concerns over global travel restrictions that would prevent overseas visitors and exhibitors from attending the show as the primary reason in a blog post on its website. Taiwan’s borders are still closed as the nation battles to control the spread of Covid-19. So far, the country has been successful in
As of June 15, Taiwan has recorded only 443 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 7 deaths. Globally more than 7.35 million people have been diagnosed with the deadly virus across 187 countries.
Computex, one of the world’s largest IT trade shows, is held annually in the city of Taipei. The 2019 edition of the show hosted 1,685 exhibitors from 30 countries and attracted 42,495 visitors from 171 countries. In March, the organisers said it was rescheduling the show from 2 – 6 June to 28 – 30 September, running for just three days instead of five.
Even though the physical edition of Computex 2020 has been cancelled, the organisers said it is still holding a series of online sessions to engage with the tech industry. This includes:
- #COMPUTEXOnlineTalks – Key executives from Intel, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, Supermicro, Delta Electronics, BenQ Business Solutions Alliance shared the latest tech trends on AI and 5G and discuss for the future technology at the first-ever COMPUTEX virtual event. The live stream was held on June 2 on Computex’s YouTube channel.
- COMPUTEX Online Sourcing Meetings – 30 VIP buyers from 14 counties seized new business opportunities with Taiwanese suppliers on June 3.
- #InnoVEXOnlineDemo – Startups will showcase their new products and technologies on June 29.
- COMPUTEX Online 2D Exhibition – The new online platform will be launched on September 28 to display and promote exhibitors’ products and services.