CES registration opens
ARLINGTON, Virginia – Registration has opened for the 2017 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that will be held from January 5 to 8 in Las Vegas. Owned and operated by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), next year will mark the 50th anniversary of the world’s largest trade event for technology.
In a statement, the organisers maintained since its start in June, 1967, CES has showcased an estimated 700,000 products including such world-changing innovations such as the VCR in 1970; the DVD in 1996, digital radio in 2000 as well as more recent technologies including consumer 3D printers, tables and 4K Ultra HD television.
“Only a few events and tradeshows have 50 years of success, and we are humbled to be in this elite group,” CTA president and chief executive officer Gary Shapiro said. “Over the past 50 years CES has evolved as the industry has changed, reflecting and helping drive the ever expanding consumer tech landscape. We have succeeded throughout the years due, in large part, to our loyal customers, partners and the deep relationships we have made along the way. This anniversary is the perfect milestone to thank and celebrate our incredible industry partners and the individuals and companies who have been with us for five decades.”
The first CES was held in New York City and attracted roughly 17,500 attendees with about 117 exhibitors demonstrating products such as transistor radios, stereos and small-screen black-and-white TVs, including the first solid-state TV. Exhibitors included: 3M, Memorex (now MEM-CE), Motorola with Lenovo, Panasonic – Matsushita, Philips, RCA (now a Technicolor brand), SANYO Fisher (now part of Panasonic), Sharp, Sony, Toshiba, Westinghouse and Zenith (now part of LG).
Several prominent industry leaders have presented keynotes at CES, including Microsoft, Intel, Google, Apple, and Samsung.
CES 2017 is expected to feature more than 3,800 exhibitors covering 2.4 million net square feet of display and host some 165,000 attendees. A truly global show, CES expects more than 50,000 international professionals representing 150 countries.
The organisers also noted CES has expanded to feature industries not traditionally connected to consumer technology and now touches every major industry as leaders from the entire innovation ecosystem come together to discover and experience the latest trends and network with peers.
“CES is where titans of tech mix with next generation disruptors and where esteemed and highly sought after global leaders take the keynote stage to tout disruptive technology and envision new trends and markets,” they said.
CES will celebrate its 50th anniversary before, during and after CES 2017 by:
- Sharing flashback photos and news from the past 50 years;
- Providing attendees badge ribbons to denote the number of CES shows attended (in five year increments);
- Providing exhibitors and attendees with 40-plus years at the show with 50th anniversary lapel pins;
- Selling 50th anniversary commemorative t-shirts available in the CTA Center;
- Holding special ceremonies on opening day;
- Providing signage illustrating the timeline of Innovation Award products;
- Giving a special tribute to CES founder Jack Wayman;
- Featuring a digital timeline on CES.tech detailing the show’s history; and,
- Buzzing social channels with celebration and commemoration.
The celebration will not end with the show as a retrospective documentary of CES will be released in June 2017.