The International Consumer Electronics Show, or CES®, has been successful for more than forty years, connecting the electronics industry across the global market and bringing together more than 2,000 companies into a weekend of innovation, discovery and excitement.
Owned and operated by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the show is held each January in Las Vegas, Nevada. The first CES® was introduced in New York City in 1967, with over 17,000 attendants and around 100 exhibitors, and since then has grown in popularity and acclaim within the electronics industry. United States consumer electronics has grown to become a $209 billion industry, and is expected to grow to $289 billion by 2014. This booming industry contains many facets of CE technology, and CEA members include individuals in electronics research, training, education, promotion, legislature and more. The CES® provides an opportunity for all gather each year to unveil new technologies and showcase industry collaborations. All levels of the industry are represented, from large multinational corporations to up-and-coming young entrepreneurs.
Many incredible products have been first introduced at CES®, including the VCR, camcorder, CD player, digital satellite systems, HDTV, the Microsoft Xbox, plasma television, and Blu-Ray disc technology. While not open to the public, the International CES® is a must-attend for industry professionals, typically totaling around 150,000 in attendance. The following information will help guide first-time attendees in their unforgettable trip to the International CES®.
The Consumer Electronics Association is comprised of more than 2,000 companies and promotes the collaboration of ideas and innovation. With unequaled market research and unlimited networking opportunities, the CEA provides a voice of the industry and a vision of growth for the consumer electronics industry. In addition to connecting industry professionals, the CEA also provides a strong, united presence in the governmental policy-making progress, protecting technology and moving it forward.
Read more about the CEA’s important involvement with the government and legal affairs. Regardless of the size or age of a company, joining the CEA has never been more important or beneficial for CE professionals. It’s now easier than ever, with several levels of membership available, including:
More information on CEA membership opportunities and regulations can be found on the CEA website membership page where you can learn about other benefits of being a member of CEA.
Another important reason to join the CEA is to reap the benefits offered during CES® for members. While at CES®, CEA members have elite access and recognition, including:
The International CES® is a trade-only event, making it closed to the general public. Those in attendance are professionals in the consumer electronics industry and must be 18 years of age, with proof of age and business affiliation upon checking in.
Early registration (before August 31) is free; some other important dates to consider include:
What better place to have a conference than fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada? The conference will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center and World Trade Center, The Las Vegas Hotel and Casino and the Venetian. Airfare and lodging should be booked as soon as possible; choice locations and flights will fill up quickly. Read on for travel and savings tips.
CES® has partnered with many international and domestic airlines, including American Airlines, Air France and Delta Air Lines, to provide CES® travelers with airfare savings. For more tips for saving on airfare, visit the CES® website, and for more information on available travel discounts, try the Skyteam page.
CES® has booked blocks of rooms at discounted rates at a variety of hotels in Las Vegas, and these will go quickly, so reserving your spot early is crucial. Reduced room rates are available for stay during the duration of the conference and include such Vegas landmarks as:
Check the CES® hotel section frequently for availability.
Thousands of exhibitors will be in attendance, each introducing new and exciting electronic products and sharing innovations and plans for the future. Some featured exhibitors include Audi of America, Intel Corporation, Cobra, and Waves Audio, and you can also browse the CES® Exhibitor Directory for a complete list and to learn more about each vendor.
The International CES® Conference Program is an all-inclusive collection of elite sessions and partnerships featuring some of the biggest industry names. CES® Conference Program Sessions will be available on October 1, and speakers for each are visionaries in their professions, offering insight into their consumer electronics businesses. Past sessions have included topics such as:
Presenters are revered in their fields; many CEOs or Presidents of their esteemed companies. As the conference draws closer, continue to check the conference program for frequent updates about sessions and full information on the speaker lineup.
Many of the sessions fill up quickly, so it’s important to create your own schedule and arrive early for a good seat!
Twenty CES® TechZones will be available throughout the show and offer attendees the chance to experience the newest in some of the most popular technologies. Some of these exciting and inspiring new technologies include:
International CES® officials are so certain you will find something engaging, educational, innovative and inspiring, if you are disappointed, they will refund your money onsite (before the close of the conference). However, with more than 1.92 million net square feet of exhibit space and more than 150 countries represented, the experience is sure to provide excellent knowledge, wonderful business connections, limitless networking possibilities, and unrivaled innovation and inspiration for you and your business.