SIMO TCI

SIMO TCI was a computer expo held every November in Madrid, Spain from 1961 to 2013. Its name stands for Salón Internacional de Mobiliario de Oficina / Tecnologías de la Comunicación e Información (International Trade Fair of Office Furniture / Information and Communication Technologies), due to its origin. From 1991, it took place in Madrid's Exhibition Centre IFEMA.

SIMO TCI
StatusDefunct
GenreComputer Expo
FrequencyAnnually
VenueIFEMA
Location(s)Madrid
CountrySpain
Inaugurated1961
Most recent2013
Attendance246,500 (1998)[1]
Organized byFundación CITEMA (until 1994) / IFEMA (since 1994)
Websitesimo.ifema.es

HistoryEdit

It was conceived as a trade fair devoted to office furniture and its first edition was held in 1961. In 1962 the IBM 1401 and Bull Gamma 60 where showcased,[2] and as electronic, computer and telecommunications equipment were being introduced, the trade fair was gradually turned into a computer expo, to the extent that it would end up moving office furniture to a separate fair.[3] Since 1969, there was more space devoted to computers that to office furniture,[4] but until the late 1980s there was some exhibition space devoted to office furniture.

In its most successful years from late 1990s to early 2000s, it was considered the second largest computer fair in Europe after CeBIT,[5] as more than 900 exhibitors were present, distributed in 65,000 m2 taking up eight IFEMA pavilions, and reaching up 300,000 visitors.[6]

In the late 2000s the number of exhibitors started to decline. This led to the cancellation of the 2008 edition. In 2009 was resumed as SIMO Network, devoted exclusively to business-oriented computing and IT professionals,[7] but this approach wasn't successful and the last SIMO TCI took place in 2013.

Taking advantage of the name, SIMO Educación (SIMO Education) was started in 2014 by IFEMA, devoted only to educational technologies and a much smaller scope (taking up only one pavilion and reaching up about 10,000 visitors).

Sectors (early 2000s)Edit

 
IFEMA main entrance

Number of visitorsEdit

Year Visitors
1961 8000 8000
 
1970 70000 70000
 
1982 150000 150000
 
1985 175000 175000
 
1992 225000 225000
 
1994 111000 111000
 
1995 177000 177000
 
1996 243000 243000
 
1997 263000 263000
 
1998 246000 246000
 
1999 257000 257000
 
2000 260000 260000
 
2001 270000 270000
 
2002 272000 272000
 
2003 280000 280000
 
2004 286000 286000
 
2005 285000 285000
 
2006 288000 288000
 
2007 291000 291000
 
2009 20000 20000
 
2010 18000 18000
 
2011 18000 18000
 
2012 18000 18000
 
2013 22000 22000
 
2014 7500 7500
 
2015 8000 8000
 
2018 10000 10000
 
2019 10000 10000
 

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.channelpartner.es/negocios/noticias/1014580002202/simo-tci-supera-50.000-metros-cuadrados-exposicion.1.html
  2. ^ "El SIMO como protagonista". ComputerWorld (in Spanish). 2004-01-23. Retrieved 2020-02-15.
  3. ^ Asián, Arantxa (2013-10-18). "Historia del SIMO". MuyComputerPRO (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020-02-15.
  4. ^ Sánchez del Río, Carlos (2009). Ciencia y Tecnología (España Siglo XXI). ISBN 9788497428521.
  5. ^ "SIMO se convierte en la segunda feria tecnológica de Europa". abc (in Spanish). 2001-11-11. Retrieved 2020-02-15.
  6. ^ AGENCIAS (2002-11-05). "El SIMO TCI 2002 abre sus puertas con más de 800 expositores". El País (in Spanish). ISSN 1134-6582. Retrieved 2020-02-15.
  7. ^ "Simo Network encuentra su sitio". Computing (in Spanish). 2010-10-04. Retrieved 2020-02-15.

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