After the hustle and bustle of the day ends and the shutters close on the first day of HKTDC’s Electronics Fair, you can’t help but miss the crowd. There is much to see and do in Hong Kong’s Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) from 13-16 October thanks to halls filled with the latest and most interesting technologies from across the world. Many have drawn comparisons between this event as well as CES, but each are home to their own features.

"Consumer Technology Zone"

“Consumer Technology Zone”

While events like CES is a place where large brands can show off their latest gadgets and products, HKTDC’s Electronics Fair is where people come together to do business. A platform where manufacturers can bring their products as close as possible to buyers and show their latest offerings. The event is separated into multiple zones to accommodate the vast amount of booth owners and visitors.

Hearing from the experts of the industry is eye-opening

Hearing from the experts of the industry is eye-opening

On our first day at the event, we started the day with “Symposium on Innovation & Technology: AI Empowerment – Grow Without Limits.” The symposium discusses the effect AI has and will have in the future, and has attracted speakers from some of the largest companies in the world like Deloitte, Microsoft, IBM, and Cisco. Each shared their experiences with AI while others spoke on how AI will be able to affect businesses and transforming what it means to own a business that relies on AI.

Providing innovative solutions through startups

Providing innovative solutions through startups

After the symposium, we went to check out a product pitching event. Startups are given the opportunity to pitch their products to a panel of judges who will judge them based on multiple criteria’s. Letstartup.hk, Jumpstart Magazine and Business Next who were part of the judging panel gave advice tailored to each startup that presented, while also choosing the best startup who fulfilled their criteria.

An avenue to showcase their products

An avenue to showcase their products

By the end of the day there was still much to see, so we took ourselves to the Consumer Technology Zone and check out what are the latest trends. It didn’t take us long to see that the large majority of booths there deal with audio devices. Ranging from Bluetooth speakers, loudspeakers, headphones and earphones, even vinyl record players. This and wearables seems to be what everyone is doing, especially wireless earbuds which come with charging cases.

AR HUD by iView

AR HUD by iView

Speakers and audio devices are a huge trend in the fair this year

Speakers and audio devices are a huge trend in the fair this year

Smart wearables are also trending which is quite surprising

Smart wearables are also trending which is quite surprising