In March, the Computex organizers delayed the commerce present from June to late-September. At the time, the realities of COVID-19 have been sinking in for a lot of within the worldwide neighborhood, whereas the commerce present’s dwelling of Taipei was coping with a brand new flareup of the novel coronavirus. At the time, late-September additionally felt like a reasonably secure wager for some return to normality.
Three months later, nevertheless, the timeline now feels overly optimistic. Today, the present’s organizers introduced that Computex 2020 gained’t be taking place. Instead, the present has been “rescheduled” to June 2021. That’s a nicer manner of claiming that Computex shall be lacking a yr, following within the footsteps of different massive tech exhibits like Barcelona’s MWC, which was among the many first to be felled by the virus.
A press launch notes that Taiwan has largely been spared the virus. The nation’s 443 confirmed instances and 7 deaths are made all of the extra exceptional by its proximity to mainland China. Of course, an enormous a part of containing the virus have concerned journey lockdowns. Inviting some 43,000 folks from world wide to attend an indoor occasion in your most populous metropolis looks as if a fairly good recipe for spreading the extremely contagious virus.
The present will occur June 1-5 2021, placing it again in step with earlier years’ occasions. There additionally shall be some on-line programming within the meantime. Other exhibits, in the meantime, have introduced plans to go on as deliberate. Notably, IFA will as soon as once more be held in Berlin in September, albeit with a mandated cap on attendance. January’s CES, alternatively, will go forward as deliberate in Vegas.