Weekend Open Forum: Which trade show would you want to attend?

By on May 24, 2013, 5:30 PM
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Two of the largest technology-related trade shows in the world are scheduled to take place next month. Computex kicks off on June 4 and runs through the 8th in Taipei, Taiwan, while E3 takes place June 11 through the 13th in Los Angeles.

Shows like this are an excellent opportunity for companies to show off what’s new and what they are working on for the future. That is, if you’re a member of the media or work in the industry. Otherwise, you might as well hang up any idea of attending as these shows and others like them aren’t open to the general public.

The decision to close trade shows to the general public may sound harsh from the outside and there’s little doubt the organizers could earn a hefty sum of cash by selling tickets but the truth of the matter is, there’s simply not enough room to accommodate more people. What’s more, trying to get work done among a slew of people that are just there to have fun would be a nightmare.

But, what if you were given the opportunity to attend one trade show without any restrictions? Which would you choose? A massive event like CeBIT, CES or Computex? Or perhaps a niche event like E3, Apple’s WWDC, SEMA or Google's I/O conference? Let us know in the comments below!

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Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:


spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

COMDEX. But woe, I am too late..

psycros psycros said:

CES... in 2004.

Oh, and about that pic: I'm glad to see Super Mario and Obama made it to CES.

BlueDrake said:

CES... in 2004.

Oh, and about that pic: I'm glad to see Super Mario and Obama made it to CES.

I'd almost swear that one of them was Tommy Lee Jones. :P

Also I'd enjoy visiting any really, guess it's the nature of being broke so often.

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

E3 - it's all about the gaming, baby!

yRaz yRaz said:

I miss the tech shows at a local expo mart but they stopped doing that in 2006...

yRaz yRaz said:

I miss the tech shows they use to have at a local expomart but they stopped doing that in 2006. Places like newegg drove the vendors out of business. It means better prices for all of us, I just miss seeing hundreds of thousands of dollars of hardware laid out in front of me and talking face to face with someone about those products. Got my first ISA card at one of those...

aside from that id like to goto CES. It's all about the hardware.

Tekkaraiden Tekkaraiden said:

CES would be fun, would have loved to have gone to E3 in the late 90's.


Antiques Road Show

soldier1969 soldier1969 said:

Always wanted to go to E3 but could never afford it or timing was off. CES as well in Jan.

TS-56336 TS-56336 said:

E3, no doubt

mailpup mailpup said:

I think I'd like to go to SEMA.

3 people like this | captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Any of the adult film conventions...! (y)

Ah c'mon man, you hadda know that was coming.....:p

Saintnsinner said:

The Rubber Ball

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

None of them!

I can see what ever I want from a local mall, or Internet search. And can do so without the large crowds.

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

The agricultural trade show.

Spykezxp Spykezxp said:

CES, but E3 would be fun also.

Ranger12 Ranger12 said:

SIGGRAPH. But really I probably wouldn't attend as large crowds of people drive me nuts.

Rage_3K_Moiz Rage_3K_Moiz, Sith Lord, said:

E3, CES, EDIX, and BETT.

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Any of the adult film conventions...! (y)

Ah c'mon man, you hadda know that was coming.....:p

Ha! I was going to say the AVN Expo

mosu said:

Computex would be nice, so would be Google I/O but I'll have to stick with CeBit, continent related and more affordable for me.

Business Direct Business Direct said:

Internext. Then I hang around for CES

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Does anybody besides me think that it would be fun to kick the preoccupation with "devices" to the curb for a while, and go to the yearly Fly-in at Oshkosh, or maybe the Reno Air Races?

MrAnderson said:

None actually, they stream just about everything now. =P but if I had to choose, maybe CES because they really cannot stream the products and gadgets, and the coverage is subjective to what the journalists think was best. Well and I have not been yet.

I went to E3 years ago back when Star Trek Bridge Commander was in development. It was cool; ran in to some celebrities and television personalities, but it is way too crowded and I did not feel like waiting in line to play games... I got more out of it by just watching other play. I found The it fun going off to the small developers and seeing the cool stuff they were doing that often gets overlooked by the press,

Guest said:

E3 by far is the best!! Because it includes the gaming and electronics together!! and the PS4 is being unveiled so nothing is better than that!!

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