Visitor numbers to the third annual Wearable Technology Show rocketed by 26 per cent year on year with 4,874 people attending the world’s biggest dedicated wearables event. This compares to 2,200 in 2014 and 3,900 last year. Organiser Evolve Media Group has confirmed the show will return to ExCeL next year on 7-8 March 2017.
138 companies exhibited at this year’s event, which took place on 15-16 March 2016, an increase of 28 per cent. They included major brands Sony, Samsung, Jaguar Land Rover, Epson and Energenie.
The expo featured six areas dedicated to Innovation, Lifestyle, Connected Home, AR/VR, Healthcare and Technology, as well as the Launchpad and the Swiss and Quebec Pavilions, which were new for 2016.
Around 50 products were launched to the UK trade and media for the very first time, including the new golf watch from TomTom and applications for sports performance, health and wellbeing, lifestyle and enterprise. BBC Click, BBC News, BBC World, The Gadget Show, Mary Portas, Dragon’s Den, The Guardian, Stuff, T3 and Wired were among the media outlets covering the show this year.
Gadget Show presenter and tech expert Jason Bradbury commented: “The wearable sector is crammed full to brimming with innovation and if you want to get hands on with it the Wearable Technology Show is the place to do it.”
Running alongside the expo was a nine-track conference featuring more than 150 speakers, including Adidas, Microsoft, Team Sky, TomTom, Fitbit, Walt Disney Research, British Gas, Barclaycard and Glaxo Smith Kline.
“We have more than doubled our visitor numbers in two years and more than trebled our exhibitor numbers and we plan to return in 2017 bigger and better with an even richer offering for exhibitors and visitors alike,” said Wearable Technology Show COO John Weir.
“In the meantime, there’s the small matter of organising the second Wearable Technology Show USA, which will return on 4-5 October in Santa Clara, California.”