This year has seen a huge number of event cancellations due to the coronavirus pandemic. The rising number of cases around the world has forced companies like Microsoft and Apple to cancel their in-person events and hold digital events. Other events like MWC 2020 were called off completely as companies decided it would be best to launch new hardware via virtual events rather than having thousands of people in the same place.
Today, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and Taipei Computer Association (TCA) took the decision to call off Computex 2020. The event was scheduled to take place from June 2 to June 6 but was later pushed to September 28. However, due to the increase in the number of coronavirus cases, the event organizers decided it would not be wise to fly thousands of people to Taiwan for the event. In place of the in-person event, the organizers will be launching the following series of online services:
- #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.
Even though Taiwan has managed to control the coronavirus pandemic, the officials are not taking any chances that could lead to an influx of cases. CES 2020 has been blamed in playing a key role in the spread coronavirus throughout the U.S. Despite that, CES plans to hold an in-person event next year in Las Vegas.
That being said, the organizers are confident that they will be ready to welcome back attendees next year for Computex 2021.