Earlier this year, with the pandemic happening all around the world, we not only witnessed the major change in every country going into quarantine or lockdown, but every single tech tradeshow has been cancelled. Initially, TAITRA, the organizing body for Computex announced that they will be moving it to a later date in 2020 but now it seems like it won’t be happening after all.

COMPUTEX 2020 Rescheduled

Earlier today, Computex issued a statement that they will be rescheduling Computex to 2021. To put it simple, the Taiwanese Tech show isn’t happening this year.

“The outbreak of pandemic Covid-19 has disturbed all major economic sectors of the whole world. Many countries have imposed travel restrictions to help curb the spread of Covid-19. COMPUTEX stakeholders, including international exhibitors, visitors, and media, may not be able to join the show consequently. Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and Taipei Computer Association (TCA), the organizers of COMPUTEX, therefore decided to reschedule COMPUTEX to 2021.”

“As of June 11, more than 7,350,000 people have been diagnosed across 187 countries worldwide, affecting the economy, trade, transportation, convention and tourism. With credit to Taiwan’s government got a head start on smashing the virus, Taiwan has only 443 confirmed cases. Accordingly, how Taiwan makes efforts against Covid-19 has been reported by a lot of international medias, such as CNN, Bloomberg and so on.”

Given the current circumstances, travelling to other country is hard like Japan not allowing countries with COVID-19 cases and while Taiwan may or may not have the restriction, its good to cancel the show for this year because with more than 50000 visitors all around the world heading over to one place to know more about tech, can put everyone’s health in jeopardy. But for what it’s worth, TAITRA will be launching Online Series like #COMPUTEXOnlineTalks from key Executives from Intel, NVIDIA, Qualcomm which happened on 2nd June, more of those online to display and promote exhibitors’ product and services.

A trade fair near and dear to my heart.