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Why Did Light Reading Go to CES?

Gambling? Booth babes? 24-hour buffets? It must be time for CES, when the entire tech industry descends on Las Vegas. Although this show is known for consumer product launches and gadgets, Light Reading went to speak with industry luminaries about how a future of connected cars, smart homes, virtual reality and 4K TV will impact on the networks they help to build.

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Susan Fourtané 1/26/2016 | 8:21:56 AM
Re: Vegas? DHagar, indeed. At least they have the certainty that LV works well. -Susan
DHagar 1/25/2016 | 10:12:48 PM
Re: Vegas? Susan, great information - thanks!  Those are pretty compelling statistics and clearly suggest why they have settled in on LV.  They have a successful combination that works - you can't ask for more than that!
Susan Fourtané 1/23/2016 | 4:01:54 AM
Re: Vegas? DHagar, 

It seems like Las Vegas offers all the capacity and convenience required for CES. 

It's the only city in the US that can offer more than 65.000 hotel rooms, a facility such as Las Vegas Convention Center, with over 2.1 million syuare ft. of exhibit space, additional nearby convention centers and facilities to handle overflow in such close proximity to the main space, and all within a tight radius. 

After so many years, and given how CES falied in the other cities, I am guessing the city has developed the infrastructure over time having CES in mind. 

DHagar 1/22/2016 | 4:16:36 PM
Re: Vegas? @Susan, thanks - sounds good.

That is an interesting thought on the 50th.  It will probably be autonomous and/or connected consumer robots?  Definitely something to keep us thinking.

Susan Fourtané 1/22/2016 | 11:52:58 AM
Re: Vegas? DHagar, 

You're welcome. :) Yes, that's also what I want to know. I was thinking that if I can't find it anywhere I could contact someone at CES. They probably have an archive, since the first show was almost 50 years ago. I will let you know what I find out, if I find out. 

Another thing I was thinking about is the kind of celebration they will have for the 50th Anniversary of CES. 


DHagar 1/21/2016 | 1:24:30 PM
Re: Vegas? Susan, what great research on the locations for CES!  Thanks!

I was thinking about the split off and the first time they held it in LV - as to why it was held there.  So thanks much.
Susan Fourtané 1/21/2016 | 12:51:32 AM
Re: Vegas? DHagar,

I was more thinking about the first CES and why in Las Vegas. But the first one was in New York in 1967.

At some point it was held twice a year in different cities, which in my opinion is too much for exhibitors, and most likely the reason why it didn't work. I found this, which explains why the show is in Las Vegas and not elsewhere:

The first CES was held in June 1967 in New York City. It was a spinoff from the Chicago Music Show, which until then had served as the main event for exhibiting consumer electronics. The event had 17,500 attendees and over 100 exhibitors; the kickoff speaker was Motorola chairman Bob Galvin.

From 1978 to 1994, CES was held twice each year: once in January in Las Vegas known as Winter Consumer Electronics Show (WCES) and once in June in Chicago, known asSummer Consumer Electronics Show (SCES).

The winter show was successfully held in Las Vegas in 1995 as planned. However, since the summer Chicago shows were beginning to lose popularity, the organizers decided to experiment by having the show travel around to different cities starting in 1995 with a planned show in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

However, the inaugural E3 gaming show was scheduled to be held on the West Coast in May and proved a source of increasing competition, causing the Philly Summer CES show to be cancelled.

The 1996 Winter show was again held in Las Vegas in January, followed by a Summer show this time in Orlando, Florida, however only a fraction of the traditional exhibitors participated. Again, the 1997 Winter show in Las Vegas was very successful.

The next "Summer" show was scheduled to be held in conjunction with Spring COMDEX in Atlanta, however when only two dozen-or-so exhibitors signed on, the CES portion of the show was cancelled.

In 1998, the show changed to a once-a-year format with Las Vegas as the location. In Las Vegas, the show is one of the largest (the other being CONEXPO-CON/AGG), taking up to 18 days to set up, run and break down.

DHagar 1/20/2016 | 3:40:14 PM
Re: Vegas? @Susan, As Dan pointed out, I think it was the hotel space and accommodations - plus I think it initially was the LV draw.
Susan Fourtané 1/20/2016 | 3:19:33 PM
Re: Vegas? Ft. Lauderdale is hosting quite many events and it's a very nice destination. Why was the first CES held in Las Vegas?

KBode 1/13/2016 | 1:47:05 PM
Re: Booth babes..still? SOme of those cheaper options tend to get pretty sketchy pretty quickly. Have consistently had pretty good luck with AirBNB there however.
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