The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is almost here! The International CES is the world’s largest tradeshow for consumer technology and America’s largest annual tradeshow of any kind. With more than four decades of success, the International CES reaches across global markets, connects the “who’s who” of the industry and enables consumer electronics innovations to grow and thrive!
Below is a list of “fun facts” about CES:
1. The first ever CES was held in New York City in 1967. The event had 17,500 attendees and over 100 exhibitors; the kickoff speaker was Motorola chairman Bob Galvin.
2. In 1998, the show changed to a once-a-year format with Las Vegas as the location. This show is one of the largest taking up to 18 days to set up, run and break down. Perviously it was held twice a year once in January in Las Vegas (know as the Winter Consumer Electronic Show) and again during June in Chicago (Summer Consumer Electronic Show).
3. The International CES draws more than 150,000 attendees from 150 different countries. To put this in perspective this is 3 times the number of slot machines on the Las Vegas Strip.
4. This year it attracts 3,000 exhibitors. Exhibit space at 2013 International CES covers 1.7 million net square feet of space. This is an equivalent to more than 35 football bowl games!
5. The 2013 International CES will recycle 122 tons of waste, more then the weight of the copper used in the Statue of Liberty.
6. More than 17,00 cups of coffee are sold at CES! It would take 47 years for for one person to drink that much coffee at a cup a day.
7. More than 200,000 hours of work goes into putting on CES. That’s about 25,000 people working full-time for one day.
8. Many notable products and technologies first introduced at CES. This includes:
-Camcorder and Compact Disc 1981
- Digital Versatile Disc (DVD) 1999
- High Definition Television (HDTV) 1998
-Satellite Radio 2000
-Microsoft Xbox 2001
-Tablets, Netbooks and Android Devices 2010
9. Lastly International CES is a trade-only event and not open to the general public. You must be in the consumer electronics industry to be eligible to attend the show.
P.S. Don’t forget to stop by our booth in the North Hall iLounge Pavillion #6506!