When it comes to technology tradeshows, one of the biggest early victims of the coronavirus outbreak was Computex, the annual PC-centric trade show in Taiwan. After the 2020 show was delayed and then canceled entirely, event organizer TAITRA vowed to come back with a proper tradeshow in 2021. However, even with vaccinations well underway, it’s become clear that it’s not going to be possible to hold the physical show this year either. As a result, the physical Computex tradeshow has once again been cancelled.

In a very brief news release, TAITRA noted that with the pandemic still ongoing, and border controls preventing international travel, it would not be possible to hold the show in 2021.

With another wave of coronavirus pandemic across the world, it doesn't look like we are close to the end. The majority of the show's stakeholders, including international exhibitors, visitors, and media, cannot join the show due to border control. Therefore, the organizers of COMPUTEX have decided to cancel the onsite exhibition this year.

The silver lining, at least, is that while the physical show TAITRA wanted to hold won’t be happening, their parallel virtual show, #COMPUTEXVirtual, will continue on as planned. Scheduled to run for a full month, from May 31st to June 30th, #COMPUTEXVirtual will be the show’s first attempt at doing a large-scale virtual event. The virtual show was originally scheduled to run alongside the physical show, but now with the physical show cancelled, it has become the de facto plan B. At this point it’s not clear who will be presenting and what with the virtual show, and undoubtedly vendors and organizers are scrambling to draw up new plans in light of the physical show’s cancellation.

None the less, even a virtual Computex could stand to be a major show. With a strong and ongoing demand for electronics, the lack of a 2020 show, and CES 2021 being a relatively modest event earlier this year, vendors have been eager to roll out new products – and to do so in front of an audience. So we’ll see how things pan out over the next two months.

Source: TAITRA (via SH SOTN)

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  • yeeeeman - Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - link

    Great, less money wasted on getting tech reviewers fat
  • mdrejhon - Sunday, April 4, 2021 - link

    We lose more weight when we travel and walk all day at conventions.

    Also, tech reviewers don’t earn as much as most software developers and game developer (save for the few YouTube megastars like Linis)
  • RSAUser - Thursday, April 8, 2021 - link

    "and game developer"
    That industry is far from lucrative besides a handful, same thing with reviewers (like the example you've given with Lin*u*s Tech Tips).
  • Sychonut - Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - link

    Threadripper 5000. What are your thoughts?
  • drl337 - Thursday, April 1, 2021 - link

    more like van gogh and rembrandt

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