Tech Junction is launching a new column that will bring you reports on the most watchable and insightful tech related events in Beijing. Our goal is to establish a tech community which connects thinkers and dealmakers around the world, and to exchange ideas in short and sharp dialogues among startups, tech and media professionals in China.

Our first event covered in this new column is GMIC Beijing 2017. GMIC is a global tech conference network, and its Beijing conference is the largest in scale. Last year, it welcomed more than 700 speakers, 490 exhibitors, and hosted an astonishing 100,000 participants at its G-festival which showcased the newest highlights of the tech industry. This year, GMIC will welcome 40,000 innovators from 60 countries. The theme of the conference is artificial intelligence.

Here is a short tour through GMIC’s best events which are open to the public. All tickets except for the G-festival can be booked here.

 

G-festival

When: Apr 29 – May 1, 10 AM

Where: National Stadium – Bird Nest Warm Up Ground

Tickets: RMB 80/120/150, available here.

For most GMIC visitors, this is the place to be. The G-festival is a huge carnival with something for everyone: VR fights with ninjas and zombies, battles between giant robots (seriously), and live performances from top DJs. Visitors can expect a showcase of products which border on tech, entertainment, and art. But what is more important is that they can expect plenty of fun.

Photo from GMIC Beijing 2016. Photo from Baidu Images.
Photo from GMIC Beijing 2016. Photo from Baidu Images.

GMIC Exhibition

When: Apr 27 – Apr 29, 9 AM – 6 PM

Where: China National Convention Center

Tickets: USD 30

Another great event for the tech curious is the GMIC Exhibition which will host booths dedicated to every tech industry you can imagine. A special treat for the geeks out there will be the New Product Area that will enable visitors to try out the most cutting edge technology.

Aside from the booths, there will also be a special G-Stage Open Speech where industry leaders will share the latest trends and showcase their newest gadgets. Do not miss the Tech Show where you can attend live presentations on AI, VR, robots, and other exciting innovations.

 

Global Thought Leader

When: Apr 27, 9 AM – 5:30 PM

Where: China National Convention Center

Tickets: VIP Pass USD 2,500 / Gold Pass USD 1,600

The title of thought leader has been thrown around so much that it barely means anything anymore, but this convention does not gather the usual business gurus and aspiring TEDx speakers. GMIC’s Global Thought Leader event aims to bring people who can share truly valuable knowledge. The most famous one among them is none other than Steven Hawking, one of the most influential physicists of our time. News about other speakers are still scarce, but we have no doubt that it will be an interesting lineup.

Photo from GMIC.
Photo from GMIC.

AI Open Class

When: Apr 28 – Apr 29, 9 AM – 6 PM

Where: China National Convention Center

Tickets: USD 175 (lectures) / USD 320 (lectures + tutorials)

The AI Open Class will cover lectures on AI and hands-on coding lessons which will help sharpen your AI skills. Both options will provide you the opportunity to learn from AI industry experts from Google, Amazon, IBM and Intel along with academic leaders from Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, UC Berkeley, USC and other prestigious universities worldwide.

 

Global Future Entertainment Summit

When: Apr 28, 9 AM – 5:30 PM

Where: China National Convention Center

Tickets: VIP Pass USD 2,500 / Gold Pass USD 1,600 / Silver Pass USD 500

What is the future of games, animation, film, literature, and art? Find out at the Global Future Entertainment Summit which aims to connect entertainment and technology. The summit will include the Global Entertainment Forum, Mobile Games Summit, Home Entertainment Summit, & IP Roadshow.

 

Other Summits and Forums

When: Apr 27 – Apr 29 (please check agenda for individual events)

Where: China National Convention Center

Tickets: VIP Pass USD 2,500 / Gold Pass USD 1,600 / Silver Pass USD 500
GMIC will host special events dedicated to hottest areas in tech, inviting a range of experts to share their insights. The most interesting ones will try to uncover the future of technology like the Future Innovation Summit, and events like the Going Global Summit will help companies expand their reach. Other events will cover fields such as intelligent learning, fintech, AI, mobile marketing, cloud computing, and many more.

(Top photo from GMIC.)


 

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Masha Borak
Marsha contributes for AllChinaTech. She is a language expert from Croatia and holds a Master's degree from the University of Zagreb. She is interested in all things tech that she finds it hard to choose what to explore next. You can follow her on Twitter.

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