CEA Makes Sandy Donation, Previews CES

At its annual CES Press Preview in New York Monday, CEA president and CEO Gary Shapiro announced a $50,000 donation to the American Red Cross, in order to assist those affected by Hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey. Shapiro, along with CEA conference chief Karen Chupka, shared news about the 2013 International CES.

The event was light on major news; no new keynoters were announced, although Shapiro did say that his new book, “Ninja Innovation,” will launch at the show and that CEA’s CE Vision Magazine will relaunch as “I3” (It Is Innovation) at CES.

One face normally at the Press Preview was absent: Head Monster Noel Lee, who normally uses the occasion to announce the performer for Monster’s CES concert, was not there this year. Shapiro said Lee and his associates had been originally scheduled to appear but were “stuck in Europe”; he expected Monster to announce the concert soon.

Chupka said that CEA is expecting 3,000 exhibitors and 150,000 attendees at the show.

Shapiro also said, in response to a question, that he would love to one day welcome back Microsoft to CES; the software giant announced its departure after the 2012 event. He also said he would welcome, and has invited, Apple and CEO Tim Cook, although thus far to no avail.

Shapiro also proclaimed 2012 a successful year for CEA on the political front, as the group successfully fought to defeat the SOPA/PIPA debate, and saw both spectrum and free trade legislation signed.

The CEA chief, who had been an outspoken supporter of Republican Mitt Romney, declared last week’s vote a “status quo election,” since both President Obama and the Republican-controlled House were re-elected. From a political standpoint, Shapiro vowed that CEA will be “fighting for the same things we have been”- free trade, internet freedom, deficit reduction, immigration reform.”

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