CES has been the kingpin in the technology trade show space since its birth in NYC in 1967 where it boasted 17,500 attendees and over 100 exhibitors. I remember the late 80’s, wandering the floor with my new Palm feeling oh so techy and organized.
Whip pan to 2020 and Gary Shapiro proudly helms the CTA (Consumer Technology Association) which produces CES, held in January each year in Las Vegas.
The show has grown up and multiplied like kudzu. The Palm I used to carry has been replaced by iPhones and iPads and the show now takes over the entire Las Vegas Convention Center and several hotels. A typical day has attendees (yes, even me) walking 5-6 miles from vendor to vendor in search of the next new, best new, most interesting new invention.
Next week, I’ll navigate those halls where, according to the CES press office, “More than 4,500 exhibitors will launch nearly 20,000 new transformative tech products to more than 170,000 attendees, encompassing 5G connectivity, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, smart cities and resilience, sports, robotics and more. CES 2020 will feature new and expanded exhibit areas, 300 conference sessions with 1,100 speakers, and more than 1,200 startups from 45+ countries.”
If that doesn’t wet your gear whistles, you are brain dead.
But this year seems different. The world of technology is in constant flux, and it seems to be spinning faster than normal.
I will be frequenting Eureka Park (always my favorite venue) where upstarts share their latest ideas and solutions. There are always surprises in store when wandering those aisles and the energy is positive and optimistic! This year we are expecting the latest product debuts from groups such as the Thailand Pavilion and Seoul Metropolitan Government. Eureka Park will also feature 14 universities, including the University of Notre Dame and University of British Columbia.
CES tells us to “Expect the unexpected from non-traditional tech company exhibitors, including, Bell, Impossible Foods, John Deere, NBCUniversal, P&G and WWE. New exhibitors include Abbott, Bridgestone, Delta Air Lines, DuPont, Humana and Weber. “
Here are some additional highlights and tracks we’ll be covering:
Travel & Tourism – Conference programming highlighting how smarter and safer technologies are transforming the travel and tourism industries.
New Conference Tracks – Hear from industry leaders present their vision for the future in the new conference tracks at CES: Gaming and eSports; Travel & Tourism; Voice: Brands Leveraging Voice Technology; Drone Operations and Innovation; and Innovation for All.
Policy Discussions – This will be a priority for USTimes, as CES will gather policymakers from across the world to discuss issues including innovations in transportation, global trade, health care and growing apprenticeships for new collar jobs. Say tuned for more information as it unfolds.
About Consumer Technology Association:
As North America’s largest technology trade association, CTA® is the tech sector. Our members are the world’s leading innovators – from startups to global brands – helping support more than 18 million American jobs. CTA owns and produces CES® – the largest, most influential tech event in the world. Find them at CTA.tech and follow @CTAtech.