7 Numbers that Show How Successful CES 2016 Really Was
You already know the top-flight numbers that the Consumer Technology Association likes to tout about its marquee annual event, CES. In Las Vegas last week, over 170,000 attendees traipsed around some 2.47 million net square feet of exhibit space, which featured tech innovations from some 3,800 exhibitors that represented nearly every major global industry.
The association even put together a nice video to recap those CES 2016 figures, which can be viewed here.
And while those data points are impressive and help to visualize the size and scope of the show, there are a few more numbers that I think help paint a much larger picture about just how successful a show CES 2016 was. So, let’s run through them:
50,000: The number of international attendees to make the trek to Vegas for CES 2016, or roughly. We’re going to triple up on this first one: Those individuals represented more than 150 countries and included more than 100 official delegations, including the first Cuban delegation organized by the Cuban Embassy of the U.S. “CES has cemented its position as the global gathering place for all industries to be wowed by the tens of thousands of ways that technology is changing the world as we know it," CTA CEO Gary Shapiro said in a statement. Gibson Brands CEO Henry Juszkiewicz echoed Shapiro’s sentiments, adding, “CES allows us to reach almost all of our key global partners—dealers, technology partners, suppliers and a huge press core from around the world—in a single efficient place. It is not possible to touch base with so many relationships anywhere else.”
500+: The number of startup companies that made their presence felt in the Eureka Park Marketplace. That was up from 375 in 2015, and it included myriad tech segments like 3D printing, wearables, virtual reality, smart home, health and fitness, a dedicated Indiegogo section, and more. "Eureka Park was incredibly inspiring," Paul Sabbah, president of Stamford International Inc., said in the statement. "The exhibitors see a future that many of us have forgotten was ever there." Since the space opened in 2012, Eureka Park has raised more than $1 billion for the participating startups.