Association Report, CEA: What to Expect at the 2013 International CES
If it’s new and cool, it’s at the 2013 International CES, the world’s largest innovation event.
This fall marks my 30th year at the Consumer Electronics Association, the trade group that runs and produces CES. In addition to the remarkable industry breakthroughs, significant policy successes and countless inspirational leaders I’ve witnessed along the way, it’s the cutting-edge products and services at CES each year that continue to ignite my passion for this dynamic and ever-changing industry.
I’ve watched countless innovations come out of CES and momentously transform the industry, from the introduction of the first HDTV, to the Xbox, DVD player and, more recently, ultrabooks and 3D printers.
Innovation will once again flourish at CES, the world’s most important technology event, which returns to Las Vegas Jan. 8-11. As the premier event for showcasing the breadth and depth of the industry, CES will unveil an expected 20,000 new products to more than 150,000 industry attendees from 150 countries. There are amazing discoveries to experience across the 2013 CES show floor, featuring 15 product categories and spanning 1.8 million net square feet of exhibit space – that’s more than 37 American football fields swarming with innovation.
The Venetian’s Palazzo Ballroom will be home to the main CES keynote stage in 2013, where top industry leaders will share their visions for our industry. On Monday, January 7 at 6:30 p.m., Qualcomm’s Paul Jacobs will deliver the pre-show keynote address. Kazuhiro Tsuga, president of Panasonic Corporation, will take the stage the following morning, Tuesday, January 8, to deliver the opening keynote address. Also on Tuesday, hear from Verizon Chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam at 4:30 p.m. Finally, at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, January 9, Stephen Woo of Samsung will provide how own latest industry visions. Additional keynotes will be held at the Las Vegas Hotel theater.
Brand new on the 2013 CES show floor is the CloudBase3 Apps TechZone, a dedicated area designed as a showcase center for demonstrations, education and information for businesses looking to make the leap to cloud computing. This Venetian exhibit area will be a hot spot for industry professionals, investors and more than 120,000 potential buyers ranging from mom and pop shops to corporate enterprises seeking the latest in computing technology.
After a hugely successful inaugural year, the Eureka Park TechZone will return to The Venetian 40 percent larger in 2013 to showcase hot new startups and budding entrepreneurs – introducing ideas and platforms on the bleeding-edge of technology. This exhibit area was a must-see attraction among retailers, venture capitalists and manufacturers at the 2012 CES and we expect it will draw an even more diverse audience in 2013.
Exhibits of connected home technologies at the 2013 CES will showcase accessories, home appliances, home data networking, integrated home systems and connected home offices. Featured connected home exhibitors include Intel, Panasonic and Wilson Electronics Inc. Exhibits will be located in the Las Vegas Convention Center’s South, Central and North Hall, and at the LVH and The Venetian.
I urge you to visit the Best of Innovations Design and Engineering Showcase at The Venetian during the 2013 CES. The Best of Innovations Design and Engineering Awards is an annual competition which honors consumer technology manufacturers’ and developers’ outstanding design and engineering in CE products. Some 2012 honorees included LG’s refrigerator with blast chiller technology, Panasonic’s full HD 3D Blu-ray Disc player and Samsung’s 3D Smart TV. Honored products from the 2013 competition will be on display in our dedicated showcase area.
Hot tech trends to be on the lookout for at the 2013 CES include Ultra High Definition 4K and 8K technologies, holograms and polymer screen technologies and glasses-free 3D TV. Featuring the latest in audio, video and entertainment, the LVCC’s Central Hall is home to Ultra HDTV, Hollywood content and connected TVs. Central Hall is the place to see exhibits from industry leading companies such as Intel, LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba.
As if the diverse keynote lineup and bustling show floor isn’t enough to keep you busy, don’t forget to register for the 2013 CES conference program, comprised of 300 dynamic and market specific conference tracks and SuperSessions featuring 800 expert speakers. You can browse our conference program by date, time or location to find the most relevant and engaging sessions for you. Visit conference.CESweb.org for more information and to register.
Whether you’re a buyer, investor or industry professional, the dynamic keynote addresses, robust conference sessions and ground-breaking technologies unveiled on the 2013 CES show floor will certainly keep you mesmerized by the industry changing the way we live, work and play. Las Vegas is the place to be next January – and the 2013 CES is the event to talk about. Register today at CESweb.org. I hope to see you there!