Concurrent international ICT expo to showcase innovations
Organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) and the International ICT Expo, will be staged concurrently at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 13 to 16 April 2017.
Appearing for the 14th consecutive year, the two fairs will provide an international platform for more than 3,400 exhibitors to showcase their latest electronic products and cutting-edge ICT solutions to global buyers. In 2016, the twin annual fairs welcomed nearly 93,000 buyers from 145 countries and regions
Hong Kong’s electronics industry is the largest merchandise export earner of the territory, reaching US$271.6-billion in the first 11 months in 2016, up 1.3 per cent year on year. As an important electronics trading hub in Asia Pacific, Hong Kong is the ideal location to stage influential trade fairs for industry players to preview the upcoming trends and exchange market intelligence.
“HKTDC organizes the Spring and Autumn Electronics Fairs in April and October respectively each year to align with the sourcing periods of global buyers. This electronics fair (Spring Edition) is the largest of its kind in Asia,” says Benjamin Chau, deputy executive director, HKTDC.
Inaugural startup zone
Startups are a growing force in driving economic diversity. A new Startup zone to be located at Hall 3F-G Concourse will be launched at the two fairs, which will gather tech startups from around the globe to present their innovative electronic products and ICT solutions, allowing investors to explore investment and partnership opportunities.
A series of themed events will be arranged to provide an excellent platform for startups to present their ideas. These include pitching session where startups can pitch solutions or product ideas to potential investors on the spot, “Startup, Smart Launch” where newly developed technology and products can be introduced to buyers, as well as Startup Mentoring sessions where successful entrepreneurs will share their experience with startups.
Debut virtual reality zone
A new Tech Hall will be introduced at Hall 5F-G of the Spring Electronics Fair this year, clustering four thematic zones including the inaugural Virtual Reality zone, as well as Connected Home, Robotics & Unmanned Tech and Wearable Electronics. This assemblage will help buyers source high-tech electronic products with ease.
During the Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition) held in October last year, the HKTDC commissioned an independent survey, during which more than 1,000 exhibitors and buyers were interviewed about the outlook for the electronics market and new product trends. The survey found that over 70 per cent of the respondents believed that the market potential and demand of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) devices or applications would be ‘promising’ or ‘very promising’ over the next two years. To satisfy the market demand, a new Virtual Reality zone will be launched at the Spring Electronics Fair to feature a range of VR headsets and related technology as well as VR video cameras.
The Connected Home zone will return to introduce the application of Internet-of-Things (IoT) for home automation such as smart home system controlled by mobile apps. The Robotics & Unmanned Tech zone will feature aerial camera, electric scooters, industrial and household robots amongst others. Another popular zone returning is Wearable Electronics, which will showcase a wide range of related products such as smart watches and smart wristbands with healthcare and sports monitoring functions.