The next few weeks are jam-packed with high-profile technology events. More than 100 tablets are expected to be launched at the second largest computer exhibition in the world, Computex Taipei, and hundreds of exhibitors will display cutting-edge technology during the Australian leg of the world’s largest tech exhibition, CeBIT. Technology and internet leaders will also be discussing the state of the web with The Wall Street Journal’s Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg at D9.
31st COMPUTEX Taipei
May 31 - June 4
Taipei World Trade Center
With 106,450 square meters of exhibition space, Computex Taipei (also known as the Taipei International Information Technology Show) is the largest computer exhibition in Asia, second in the world only to CeBIT in Germany. Many large computing firms have research and development centers or production factories in Taiwan and will be coming to the 31st edition of the event to launch their new products. A full spectrum of products are set for launch during the event including e-readers, 3D technology, mobile devices and tablet PCs. More than 121,000 visitors attended Computex in 2010 to see products and services from over 1,700 exhibitors.
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10th CeBIT Australia
May 31 - June 2
Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre in Darling Harbour
The Australian edition of the world's largest digital IT and telecommunications event, CeBIT takes place annually in Sydney, Australia. CeBIT Australia is hailed as the country's largest ICT exhibition (but is only around a 10th of the size of its parent event, CeBIT in Hannover). CeBIT Australia is a focal point of an additional series of events (including AusInnovate NBN, eHealth, eGovernment, Cloud Computing and WebForward) that will run concurrently to the exhibition. More than 600 exhibitors and 30,000 delegates are expected to attend CeBIT Australia in 2011.
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9th D: All Things Digital
May 31 - June 2
Rancho Palos Verdes, California, USA
The Wall Street Journal's D: All Things Digital conference is a melting pot of technology, innovation and breaking news. The conference will see some of the most influential figures in media and technology discuss the changing face of the industry. This year’s speakers include Léo Apotheker - CEO of Hewlett-Packard, Dick Costolo - CEO of Twitter, Stephen Elop - CEO of Nokia, Reed Hastings - Chairman & CEO of Netflix, Bob Iger - CEO of Disney, Andrew Mason - CEO of Groupon, and Eric Schmidt incoming Executive Chairman and outgoing CEO of Google. In October All Things D will host the inaugural Asia D conference in Hong Kong.
Apple Worldwide Developers Conference
San Francisco, CA, USA
Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is the biggest annual event in every Mac enthusiast's calendar. The WWDC brings together software and hardware developers to present the latest Apple technologies. Attendees at this year's already sold-out WWDC will be given the unique opportunity to work side-by-side with Apple engineers to gain insight into development techniques and get expert advice on interface design. Apple is expected to announce further details about the next version of Mac OS X (Lion) and provide more information on the next generation iPhone OS update for iPhone, iPod and iPad devices.
4th Internet Week New York
New York City, New York
Internet Week is a citywide celebration of the vital Web industry with 150 events scheduled around the city, including a conference at the Altman Building and exhibition space at the Metropolitan Pavilion in the Chelsea neighborhood. Arts, technology, media, entertainment and social events are planned. There is an online advertising summit, Google Analytics training for marketers and panels about the latest hot topics in the digital world such as the tablet revolution, social media, and new startups.
E3 Expo Electronic Entertainment
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Since 1995, the Electronic Entertainment Expo has grown into the largest US convention for the computer and video game industry, including software developers, retailers and Hollywood representatives. Companies from Nintendo to Sony show off their new games and showcase the latest technology and software (many press conferences are scheduled for June6). After a record 70,000 attendees in 2005, it turned into an invite-only event for a few thousand from more than 80 countries at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Another similar event is the International Conference on Computer Games Multimedia (CGAT), scheduled this year in Malaysia.
Interop Media Convergence Tokyo 2011
The Interop Media Convergence Tokyo 2011 event comes at an opportune time in Japan as it prepares to make the full transfer from analogue broadcasting to full digital. Organizers point out that the digital media market is changing rapidly and top minds in the industry will be attending the exhibition to share their knowledge. It will also showcase the latest equipment, solutions and service related to the media and contents technology and runs concurrently with Digital Signage Japan 2011.
3D & Virtual Reality Expo
Entertainment and information in three dimensions is all the rage in the electronics industry, so expect a big turnout at the 3D & Virtual Reality Expo, being held at the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition center. The show is the largest of its kind in Japan and will demonstrate the latest developments in 3D technology and super high-definition image technology.