The 2020 Bio Korea International Convention kicked off this Monday, but instead of people walking around the booths, there are just monitors.
“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the convention could have been held informally. However, South Korea used this as an opportunity to take the whole convention online.”
"Every part of the event will be broadcast online through a live-streaming service or by pre-recorded footage. The business forum will be available 24 hours a day from this Monday to Saturday, and people in both foreign and domestic bio businesses can schedule videoconferences."
In the virtual exhibition, designed to resemble Gyeongbokgung Palace, you can see cutting-edge technology and innovative products from around four hundred biotech companies by moving from one booth to another as if you are playing a VR game.
Speakers have pre-recorded e-conferences, where they can deliver in-depth knowledge on subjects such as Artificial Intelligence before answering questions through chatting applications.
The chief of the organizing committee says this could be a chance to gain experience of sharing knowledge while minimizing contact.
"Even after we go back to our daily lives, trying out such online conventions could make it possible for people to continue their business activities without having to be on site."
For more than 2,500 visitors using the website at the same time, 2020 Bio Korea gives a taste of how technology can be used to make conventions and exhibitions more accessible.
KIM Bo-kyoung, Arirang News.