Arriving in Taipei, Taiwan a few days early allowed us an unexpected ‘behind the scenes’ look at Computex 2012 where we couldn’t help but be amazed at the work displayed to put on one of the worlds largest technology events.
It reminds us of CeBIT 2012 in Hanover, Germany, where we observed a polizei escorted procession of close to 1000 trucks as the massive event was disassembled n record time. In similar fashion, let’s take a walk through Computex with less than 18 hours before doors open.
Credit has to be given to Computex organizers as well as those of each exhibitor because putting an event such as this together is a monumental affair. Computex 2011 saw 121, 515 visitors attend the show which was comprised of just under 5000 booths belonging to somewhere in the area of 2000 exhibitors.
Something we don’t seem to appreciate is the work that goes into the show where each and every exhibit is built from the ground up by workers who work endlessly to get things going. Not ever having been behind the scenes, it was just so easy to believe companies showed up with their pre-fab displays ready to go.
During our walk, we were fortunate to find a translator and speak to one of the workers who stated that all were on a deadline with less than 18 hours until the show. Many who have been here for a long day already could find themselves working right to the deadline to make sure the event was ready to go. Obviously in events such as this, one finds anywhere they can to catch up a bit on their rest.
This shot of a very clear front entrance will not be seen whatsoever in the next few days as hoards of people try to file in to be the first to catch a glimpse of this year in technology.
Last but not least, one can’t help but be amazed at the beauty of nature found inside this small city of just under 7 million people as we glanced through the trees at Taipei 101, the worlds second largest functional structure at 1,666 feet in height and a cost of 1.8 billion dollars to build.