Computex 2020 is officially a no-go this year, and it’s all because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. After much deliberation by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and Taipei Computer Association (TCA), the two bodies decided not to run the risk of infecting visitors and exhibitors en masse.
Traditionally, Computex is always held in the month of June, but due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the two governing bodies made the initial decision to push the event back to September this year. Sadly, given the still rising numbers of infected and deaths, both TAITRA and TCA made the call to simply postpone the event and reschedule it all together for next year.
To make up for the event’s absence, TAITRA is planning on scheduling a series online events for consumers to log into. Below are the online events as listed on the official site, along with their descriptions:
- #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. After its debut on June 2, the livestream was watched by over 400,000 viewers.
- 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 via Taiwan Trade Show’s YouTube channel 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.
On that note, both TAITRA and TCA also announced that the physical version of Computex will restart next with Computex 2021.