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I spent a few days at CES, the biggest trade show in tech — here’s what it’s like to attend the 53-year-old show for the first time


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CES, now in its 53rd year, took place this year from January 7 through January 10, 2020 in Las Vegas, NV.
I was just one of more than 170,000 people, including industry attendees, exhibitors, and media, on the ground at the most famous global conference for tech.
Unlike many of my colleagues and fellow attendees who have been braving the show floors for years, I was a CES first-timer.
It was as high-energy, fast-paced, and interesting as I expected from an industry event of its size and caliber. This is what I saw, learned, and wrote about during my week at CES.

Every industry has its can’t-miss trade show. Health and wellness professionals have the Natural Products Expo. Outdoorspeople have Outdoor Retailer. But the undisputed king of trade shows — in tech and beyond — is CES.

CES stands for Consumer Electronics Show and the Consumer Technology Association puts it on every year. First held in 1967 with 250 exhibitors and 17,500 attendees, the show now draws more than 4,500 exhibitors and 170,000 attendees from more than 160 countries.

Anyone who works in anything remotely related to tech attends CES to see and try the latest innovations, network with fellow industry experts, and discuss the future of consumer tech.

This year, I attended CES for the first time ever, and after hearing from past attendees about the overwhelming size and pace of the show, I got on a flight from New York to Las Vegas with equal parts trepidation and excitement.

Tens of thousands of steps, a full stack of press materials and business cards stuffed in my bag, and a few empty packs of Emergen-C later, I’ve emerged from my first CES with a better understanding of the tech products to look forward to in 2020 — and why people come in from all over the world to get a first glimpse of them at CES.

Here’s what it’s like to go to CES, from a first-timer’s perspective: One of the first things I did after stepping off my flight was pick up my badge.

The multiple badge pickup stations spread out across hotel lobbies, bus and monorail stops, and McCarran International Airport was my first clue that “CES takes over Vegas” is no understatement.

This badge, which you get when you register as an attendee, grants entry to the CES show floor, which includes company booths, keynote presentations, summits and sessions, and lounges. As a member of the media, I could also attend press-only previews and news conferences and get priority entry to keynotes.

CES doesn’t only take place at one location. It’s actually split up into three areas: Tech East, Tech West, and Tech South.

According to my more experienced colleagues, the main exhibits and keynotes have been at the same locations for years.

Since this was my first time, I still studied maps and transportation options closely. Luckily, I’ve been to Las Vegas many times in the past with family and friends, …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

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