Taipei was scheduled to host its annual Computex tech trade show in June 2020. However, with the advent of the global pandemic COVID-19 or coronavirus as it is colloquially called, the event has been postponed. This action has been taken after the manufacturers asked for a postponement. They sent public flares to the show’s organisers to reconsider the timing of this trade show. Now, the event will happen between September 28th and September 30th. This year is the 40th anniversary of Computex.
The trade show will showcase 5G and communication, smart solutions, gaming, and InnoVEX (startups), according to the official press release. It also cites the latest report by McKinsey which states that the epidemic in China and East Asia will come under control in the second quarter, while Europe and the US will see a steady decrease in June 2020.
However, TAITRA, that is the main organiser of the event has announced an online exhibition on Taiwan trade from June 2nd till June 6th. The organiser will also encourage exhibitors to launch new products while global IoT companies will be asked to share 5G, AIoT, and other smart technology applications. Taiwan has been experiencing another surge in COVID-19 cases as 20 new cases have been reported in this week alone. The total number of victims has reached 215. The government has asserted that all of these cases have been brought from travel abroad. The event annually attracts over 120,000 people and in lieu of the present situation, it goes against public interest to have a mass gathering.
Computex is not the first international tech show to have been cancelled. In mid-February, a formal cancellation of the MWC was announced, followed by Google cancelling its annual I/O developer conference.