3 observations of a CES first-time attendee
After reporting on my being legitimately scared poopless to fly into Las Vegas last week for CES 2016, I’m glad to follow that report up with another report notifying you, the reading public, that I’ve made it back to Philadelphia in one piece.
I survived CES 2016.
And not only did I survive, but I managed to have one hell of a time traipsing around the Las Vegas Strip from location to location, discovering more innovative technology (and celebrities and athletes) around every corner. I’m thoroughly convinced that attending CES is something everyone should have the opportunity to do at least once in their lifetime. In all reality, this show deserves to be on the official list of Wonders of the World with how massive it is and how much of a magnet it is for, not only all of those inside the consumer tech industry, but all of the celebrities and non-techies as well.
However, having spent nearly an entire week in Sin City hopping from hotel, to hotel, to the Convention Center, and back to more hotels, I learned a few things about what it’s like to attend this monstrosity of a trade show. Let’s run through them.
1. Four days is not nearly enough time
As a member of the press, I was afforded essentially two extra days to explore the various venues where CES held a presence. There was even an entire day dedicated to press preview events. And while I was able to get to each of the different areas of the conference (Tech East, Tech West, and Tech South), I still wasn’t able to cover the entire 2.47 million net square feet of exhibit space. Heck, I wasn’t even able to get through the entire convention center before the end of my time in Vegas. Now consider that the fact that regular attendees were there for less time. I can’t imagine anyone who was in Las Vegas last week for the show was able to get to around to everything.