CES 2021 Goes On-line Solely in Face of Coronavirus

CES, the annual Shopper Electronics Present that that takes place in Los Angeles annually, is among the largest occasions within the tech business and it is going digital for 2021. Gary Shapiro, President and CEO of the Shopper Know-how Affiliation (which runs CES), shared a video message on Twitter the place he outlined how subsequent yr’s CES might be on-line solely. CES was the final main tech occasion of 2020 to happen in particular person — its often adopted by Cell World Congress, which takes place in February in Barcelona, however this yr’s occasion was cancelled because the unfold of COVID-19 began to turn out to be extra evident. Since then, an increasing number of occasions have been following swimsuit. 

“Amid the pandemic and rising international well being issues in regards to the unfold of Covid-19, it is simply not potential to soundly convene tens of hundreds of individuals in Las Vegas in early January 2021 to satisfy and do enterprise in particular person,” CTA Chief Govt Officer Gary Shapiro mentioned in a press release shared on Twitter.

“Shifting to an all-digital format for CES is solely the best factor to do. Our exhibitors, companions and thought-leaders will now have the time to plan, to suppose, to create compelling methods to have interaction digital audiences from world wide,” Shapiro added, and mentioned, “Just like the tech sector itself, CES always innovates and evolves. For greater than 50 years, CES has been the worldwide stage for innovation and that is the following stage of our evolution.”

CES is among the largest expertise occasions, and consists of all the pieces from smartphones to televisions to robots and way more. This would be the first time that CES goes digital — nonetheless, the plan appears to be for one yr solely, as Shapiro added in his message that he hopes to see folks in particular person once more in 2022.

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