A World Exhibition (world expo) is an international exhibition of industrial products, handicrafts often with a focus on social and technological development. World Exhibitions are meeting places, where companies have the opportunity to network and make contacts in the country.
World Expo News
Last World Expo: 2012 Yeosu South Korea
12: of May Theme ”Living Ocean and Coast”
- 104 countries participates
- Estimated number of visitors 10 million
Future World Expos
Short presentation of future Expos and bids.
Augmented World Expo – in the digital era
USA Today had an article about the Augmented World Expo 2014. In this event 200 exhibitors of virtual reality-focused tech exhibit, a doubling in size over last year that highlights the growing ubiquity of such gadgets and software. The purpose with the event is to showcase the best solutions that make the world more interactive – featuring Augmented Reality, Wearable Computing, and The Internet of Things.
World Exhibitions are important
Many technological innovations and technological breakthroughs had their début at world exhibitions such as telephone, and water flushed toilet, telegraph, hamburger, first motion picture, etc. There are many buildings and architectural masterpiece that remains after past world exhibitions and fairs. For example Eiffel Tower in 1887 was the grand entrance to the World’s Fair Exposition Universelle, held two years later.
History about World Expos
The world exhibitions have evolved from the early fairs and markets. The phenomenon of international exhibitions started in the late 1800s. At that time it was popular with the arrangements in European and American cities, like Paris, New York, London, Vienna and Philadelphia. Over the years there have been several world exhibitions or world expos.
Facts and landmarks in the history of world expos:
World Expos have been arranged in all continents except Africa. The great world exhibitions are every five years. Some of the most successful international World Expos ever:
- 2010: Shanghai China: Theme Better City, Better Life
- 1992 Sevilla Spain: The expo in Sevilla celebrated 400 anniversary since America was discovered by Columbus.
- 1967 Montreal, Quebec: Canada’s first World’s Fair, the century-old confederation was celebrated at the same time.
- 1958 Brussels: The World’s first Fair after the Second World War with the famous Atomium monument to showcase the atomic age.
- 1939, New York, USA – Futurama: The first major display of the television, as well as the television camera and tape recorder. Read more about Futurama
- 1901 Buffalo, USA: The X-ray machine was displayed. The Buffalo Pan American exhibition was also the scene of the assassination of U.S. President William McKinley. The president was murdered when he participated in an appearance at a reception.
- Chicago 1893: Exhibition in Jackson Park City. The architectural projects had tremendous influence on American architecture. 27 million visitors.
- 1889, Paris, France: Eiffel Tower is being built and the phonograph is shown.
- 1876 Philladelphia: Thomas Edison had a huge success at Philadelphia Expo
- 1851 London, UK: Considered the World’s first Fair and the event was a great success.
Who own the concept of World Expos?
Bureau of International Expositions (BIE) is an international organization that owns the rights to the concept of the World Expos in the same way as the International Olympic Committee takes the concept of the Olympic games. International Exhibitions Bureau was established by a diplomatic international Convention, signed in Paris, in 1928. Today BIE has 156 member states. Official website from BIE
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