Eat Pray Nepal Blog: February 2016

Friday, February 26, 2016

CAN Info Tech 2016 review - Lot of good deals on electronics

CAN Info Tech is Nepal's biggest IT and electronics fair. You could probably say CAN Info tech is the CES of Nepal. This years fair was from Jan 29 to Feb 3, 2016. The event was organized by the Computer Association of Nepal (CAN) Federation with an objective to promote IT and provide a common platform for all IT enthusiasts.

Speaking at a press conference in Kathmandu on Tuesday, Biswo Ram Balamai, general secretary of CAN Federation, said that the expo would feature a total of 175 stalls — 49 stalls inside the main hall, three branding pavilions outside, 104 stalls in the truss, 14 stalls in open area, and five food stalls. “All the stalls in the main hall have already been booked. Similarly, more than 90 percent of the stalls under the truss have been booked,” added Balami.

Ticket Prices
Regular: NRs 100 
Student: NRs 50

Discounted Tickets were also available by eSewa but I personally dont know how to use it so I just paid with cash and bought the tickets at the entry gate.

Most of the stalls are selling electronic products such as Laptops, desktops, Phones, tablets, Power Backup invertors, and computer accessories. As compared to last year, this year I noticed there were lot more IT Services companies too. They were offering Training in JAVA, .NET, Android programming, graphic design. Most of the courses are 6 weeks to 12 weeks and cost a total of anywhere from Rs 10,000 and up. I'm talked to a few of the companies about their courses and it seemed like some of these are fairly basic training just enough to get you started in a technology. Its probably a good investment to take one of these if you are in High School and are interested to work in the IT industry after college.
There was even a stall advertizing training to make money in Google Adsense. Not sure what that was about. This one to me seemed a bit like a scam.

eSewa had a huge stall with lot of employees. Seemed like these guys are getting bigger in Kathmandu. Another stall was advertizing their Net Nepal mobile App which allows one to watch TV channels on their phone/tablet while in Nepal.
Lots of small cheap gadgets and electronics such as watches, cameras, portable batteries

People walking near the entrance tunnel

Huawei is gaining market in Nepal

Woman walking by around closing time on the final day

Conclusion - CAN Info tech is a nice way to shop around for gadgets and electronics. There usually are good deals on IT and Internet services.

Rating 9/10