CES 2018 will return to Las Vegas Tuesday, January 9 through Friday, January 12, 2018. Registration opens on September 6. For 50 years, CES has been the launch pad for the finest innovation and technology that has changed the world. Held in Las Vegas, NV, every year, it is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies and where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace.
CES, formerly The International Consumer Electronics Show (International CES), showcases more than 3,900 exhibiting companies, including manufacturers, developers and suppliers of consumer technology hardware, content, technology delivery systems and more. The conference program includes more than 300 conference sessions. And, the promoters expect more than 170,000 attendees from 150 countries. Because it is owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) — the technology trade association representing the $292 billion U.S. consumer technology industry — it attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers to a forum where the industry’s most relevant issues are addressed.
CES 2017 increased exhibit space this year by more than 5 percent to 2.6 million net square feet of exhibit space. Additionally, exhibiting companies and total attendance both increased by more than three percent totaling 4,015 and 184,279, respectively. CES 2017 recorded 60,219 international attendees from 158 countries and attracted 7,460 media.
Visitors should plan the activities carefully, considering the extension of the show, spreading across almost all major Las Vegas hotels. There are three "themed" areas to understand.
The CES Tech East, happening at the Las Vegas Convention and World Trade Center (LVCC), Westgate Las Vegas (Westgate), and Renaissance Las Vegas (Renaissance), is where innovations in audio, drones, gaming, augmented and virtual reality, vehicle technology, video, wireless devices, wireless services, digital imaging/photography or anything “i” are introduced to market. It’s also home to many international exhibitors.
The CES Tech West, happens at the Sands Expo/The Venetian (Sands/Venetian), The Palazzo, Wynn Las Vegas and Encore at Wynn (Wynn/Encore). This is where the innovative power behind the industry’s emerging technology is displayed, including revolutions in fitness and health, the Internet of Things, wearables, smart home, sensors and other high-growth technologies changing the world. It’s also home to Eureka Park, the startup community at CES, one of the most vibrant exhibits of the show - deserving almost two full days to explore properly. The Venetian Tower is where the High-End Audio Marketplace is located, but increasingly the companies exhibiting there are focused on business meetings - so it's essential to schedule meetings. Downstairs, at the Sands Expo is where more semiconductor and development platform companies are located, if they actually have large exhibits and demo areas, apart from the hotel suites.
Finally, there's the CES Tech South, happening at the ARIA, Park MGM and Vdara. That's the CES epicenter for the advertising, content, marketing and entertainment communities, hosting a variety of C Space activities, including conference sessions, networking events, exhibits and hospitality suites. Anyone looking to meet with streaming service companies and anything "cloud-based" should explore the listed companies in this area.
New to CES 2018 is the new Smart Cities area, with a dedicated Marketplace (exhibit area) and a full schedule of related conference programming. CES is already the showcase for leading-edge smart city innovations and the adoption of IoT in self-driving technology, the smart home, virtual reality, drones and wearables. The Smart Cities Marketplace will include smart city enabling technology such as artificial intelligence systems, sensors, data analytics, transportation, network infrastructures, and other devices and services. The multi-day conference programming will highlight 5G technologies and public/private partnerships, and include experts in utilities, health, safety and other public services.
January 9–12, 2018
CES Show 2018
Las Vegas Convention and World Trade
Center (LVCC) and 10 other nearby
locations in Las Vegas, NV