Making the Most Out of Trade Shows: Global Sources and Startup Launchpad Electronics Trade Shows (October 2018)

Whether you are seeking buyers for your shelf-ready IoT innovation, or are looking for promising hardware startups to do business with, trade shows are a one-stop shop for meeting the right people for your business goals. Trade shows featuring thousands of electronic pieces of hardware are particularly exciting, from the plethora of flashy and exciting hardware, to the impressive demonstrations that draw a crowd, to the opportunities to network with people making their mark in tech.

Global Sources will host a Consumer Electronics trade show from October 11th – 14th at the AsiaWorld Expo in Hong Kong. Shortly after, the joint Global Sources and Startup Launchpad Mobile Electronics trade show will also be held at the AsiaWorld Expo from October 18th– 21st. Here are 3 major reasons to make an appearance at both of these upcoming trade shows.

Hot Products to Watch For

The Global Sources Consumer Electronics show will feature booths on gaming, computer, communication and smart living electronics, including mobile devices, AR/VR, wearables, gaming accessories, auto electronics, and lots of robots! The Global Sources and Startup Launchpad Mobile Electronics show will primarily exhibit technologies using AR/VR, IoT wearables, headphones, wireless chargers, and technology cases and covers.

The best of newly launched items will be picked by market experts and revealed at the Analyst’s Choice Zone at both trade shows. Here you can watch demos of the electronics, try some out, and make sourcing arrangements with product creators. You can take a sneak peak at the Analyst’s Choice products on the Global Sources website to plan ahead on which booths you will visit.

In general, products will be grouped by the type of technology for ease of sourcing. For example, all the audio products such as speakers, headphones, amplifiers, and microphones will be showcased in the Audio Pavilion.

Future of Retail Conference

Attending trade shows is not all fun and games, though there is a lot of that! There is so much valuable information that can be gathered from talented speakers on topics ranging from sourcing products from China, to summaries of the new IoT market trends. Some of the topics to expect from this year’s conference schedule for the Consumer Electronics show include ‘Smart Home’s Future with AI’ and ‘Learning from Third Party Inspectors and Factory Audits.’ Take a look at the speakers and the conference program overview for the Global Source Consumer Electronics show here.

The focus for the October 2018 Global Sources and Startup Launchpad conference at AsiaWorld Expo is the ‘Future of Retail.’ Attendees will be part of the days-long discussion and exploration of the main topics: investing in and understanding emerging retail technologies. All lunches, activities, and speaking events will take place in AsiaWorld Expo, giving attendees plenty of chances to network. A list of speakers and the conference schedule can be found here. A variety of ticket and pricing options for the Global Sources and Startup Launchpad Future of Retail conference can still be purchased here. 

Startup Launchpad Investment Competition (SLIC)

While you are surrounded by some of the best and brightest in hardware at the Global Sources and Startup Launchpad Mobile Electronics trade show, you can take the opportunity to sharpen your presentation skills by entering into the SLIC pitching competition. Contest participants will get a chance to pitch their product to an audience of only investors. Did we mention that there is a significant cash price, as well as the chance to make valuable business contacts and investment deals? Unfortunately, applications need to be submitted ahead of time, and semi-finalists for the competition have already been chosen. In case you missed your chance this year, watch and learn from these participants to prepare your best pitch for next year. We can’t wait to see who wows us at the October 2018 SLIC.

Let these highlights from the April 2018 Global Sources Consumer Electronics trade show and the April 2018 Global Sources Mobile Electronics trade show keep you company while you wait for the fun to commence. Don’t forget to register here for the Global Sources Consumer Electronics (October 11 – 14) trade show and the Global Sources and Startup Launchpad Mobile Electronics show (October 18 – 21).

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