The HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition) has taken up residence at the city’s Convention and Exhibition Center, with a focus on the hottest trending consumer technology product categories as well as on the entrepreneurial elements - via the show’s Startup Zone – that perennially infuse the exhibition with new product initiatives. Besides hosting 3,740 exhibitors who are showcasing tech trends at this Fall’s Electronics Fair, the exhibition offers presentations including a symposium focused on 5G.
Produced by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the show is co-organized with the 23rd electronicAsia exhibition; both continue until Oct. 16.
This edition also sees the launch of a new AI & Voice Recognition Zone to train a spotlight on the latest electronics products and innovative technologies. This Zone resides alongside other, established thematic zones besides the Startup Zone, including Robotics & Unmanned Tech, 3D Printing, Wearables, Home Appliances, A/V Products, Smart Tech, Digital Imaging, and Virtual Reality. And the Fair’s Hall of Fame one again has gathered the latest electronic products from more than 580 top international brands, and nine group pavilions include new pavilions from Guangdong and Nanjing in Mainland China and India.
“In the face of global economic challenges, companies around the world are becoming more eager to promote and source innovative products to maintain their competitiveness,” noted HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau in a statement. “As the world’s largest electronics marketplace, the Autumn Electronics Fair and electronicAsia together host around 4,300 exhibitors from 24 countries and regions in 2019. The HKTDC is taking the initiative to organize buying missions and strengthen its business-matching services this year to create more business opportunities.”
A total of 175 buying missions, comprising 9,441 companies and around 13,293 buyers from around the world, have been arranged by the HKTDC to visit the two fairs, while more than 31,000 buyers pre-registered for the events – a sign, according to the organizers, showing that exhibitors and buyers alike still believe that the fundamental strengths of Hong Kong remain strong.
Symposium on 5G’s Prospects
The Symposium on Innovation & Technology is one of the centerpiece presentations at the Fair, designed to examine the latest developments and applications of 5G technology under the topic of “Intelligent Connectivity: 5G and Beyond.” Nicolas Yang, Secretary for Innovation and Technology of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), was slated to deliver the opening speech at the event, while speakers included representatives from ASTRI, China Mobile, Google, HKT, imec, KeySight Technologies, Nokia, NVIDIA and PwC. Further, the show’s Tech Hall features the new Nanjing 5G Pavilion to present how 5G commercialization will provide solutions for industries and households. Exhibits include a 5G-compatible industrial robotic arm, which can receive messages and commands in a faster and smoother way through a 5G network, and a 3D holographic smart monitor that can display more realistic 3D scenes thanks to the high-speed wireless transmission provided by 5G.
The Fair is also featuring a series of start-up-themed events including the Media Pitch Day, Startup Smart Launch sessions, Investment Matchmaking, various sharing sessions, and Meet the Mentor sessions, to provide a platform where entrepreneurs can connect with potential partners. Start-ups can also meet and exchange insights with angel investors and technological services companies under the Foxconn Technology Group.
The fourth Value Creation for Technology: Investment Pitching Competition, on Oct. 15, aims to unearth innovative projects that create commercial value through technology, and match entrepreneurs with angel investors to create more business opportunities.