CES 2019: The Global Stage for Innovation
In the 50-plus years CES has existed, the consumer technology trade show has become the largest and most influential tech event on the planet. Each year, the entire tech industry gathers in one place to launch products, build brands and network to solve some of today’s most pressing societal challenges.
Throughout the years, CES has been right alongside the newest and most exciting gadgets and devices. This year’s show, held January 8-11, was no different. As the global stage for innovation, CES 2019 featured roughly 180,000 attendees from over 155 different countries. Throughout the 2.75 million net square feet of exhibit space, 4,500 companies participated in the show, including household names such as Amazon, Google, Panasonic, John Deere, Dell, Sony, Samsung, IBM, Intel and so many more. CES also included 25-plus marketplaces for different types of technology and hosted more than 65,000 senior-level executives and 6,500 media members.
Within these marketplaces, every major and emerging industry was represented. This year, companies showed how technologies such as self-driving cars, robotics and 5G are closer to a market release than ever before. At the show, we saw multiple home robots already for sale and 5G-ready phones available this year. For 5G, carriers and mobile operators demonstrated how it will transform industries, enabling everything from digital health to smart cities to self-driving cars. Artificial intelligence—whether in the form of robotics or voice-controlled smart speakers—has become a “key ingredient technology” that will be part of almost every product in the coming decade. With a 25% increase in the amount of AI exhibitors, you would be hard-pressed to find a company not seriously thinking about AI.
Other popular trends that saw a major rise in interest this year included quantum computing, blockchain technology and 8K TVs. Several manufacturers made 8K UHD TV announcements, which will take television displays to the next level, offering four times the resolution of a 4K TV without the pixilation. Across the show floor, companies also showed the latest in 3D printing, fitness technology, smart cities, sleep tech, drones, virtual reality/augmented reality and more devices. At CES, there’s something exciting for everyone. Maybe you’re a new mother? CES also had you covered with the baby tech marketplace where you could find the latest baby sensors and infant health devices.
For those interested in how technology impacts the world of marketing, advertisements and content creation, there was C Space. With roughly 274,000 net square feet of exhibition space, companies like Google, Hulu, NBCU, Pandora, Pinterest and WWE brought together leading CMOs, content creators, Hollywood and media to uncover disruptive trends impacting brands and entertainment.
Just like the industry we represent, CES is also constantly changing. This year we added a new marketplace: resilience. This area featured 11 exhibitors whose products and services help countries and municipalities prepare for natural disasters and public emergencies. Here, attendees found devices and companies using their resources to fight famine and water shortages.
CES is also the largest startup event on the planet thanks to Eureka Park, which featured over 1,100 new businesses and entrepreneurs from over 40 countries. For many entrepreneurs, Eureka Park is where they debut their products, hopeful the many investors and funders roaming the halls help them turn their dreams into reality. Just like the rest of the show, you’ll find all aspects of the tech industry represented at Eureka Park.
This year, we also had roughly 1,100 speakers at CES, with keynotes from LG President and CTO Dr. I.P. Park, IBM’s President and CEO Ginni Rometty, Verizon CTO Hans Vestberg, U.S. AMD President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su and more. CES is also a destination for government, attracting plenty of top policymakers, regulators and major players in the executive and legislative branches. At the Innovation Policy Summit, government players discussed self-driving regulations, privacy, diversity and trade.
We can’t wait until the technology we saw at CES reaches your hands—we think you’ll find innovations like 5G and self-driving vehicles as revolutionary as we do. We hope to see you at CES 2020, January 7-10, for another year of inspiring technology.