The Spring Edition Hong Kong Electronics Fair went off without a hitch, but that was to be expected. The real surprise came in how much value it adds to the tech industry.
Filling almost every square inch of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, the show brought five floors of booths, presentations, and symposiums from around the globe. For the record, this was not my first tech show, but it was my first time out of the country. Many things may have felt unfamiliar, but the buzzing show floors were exactly what I expected. The potato and octopus pizza, on the other hand, was a bit more puzzling, but I digress.
My first impression is this is not like America's biggest tech show in Las Vegas -- and that's a good thing. Shows can often feel overwhelming with too many booths and spectacles going on. The Hong Kong Electronics Fair had a strong balance of innovation and major vendors while not feeling completly lost trying to navigate a dozen or so show floors. The show produces high value mainly for buyers, and the products are meant to impact Asia and parts of Europe instead of America, at least as a primary target, but I don't feel that it diminishes value in the show as a whole.