3 Observations of a CES First-Time Attendee
This is in no way a bad thing. If anything, it shows the strength of the tech sector. It’s healthy, thriving, and filled with companies doing incredible things. And what’s even more crazy, during my sit-down with CTA CEO Gary Shapiro, I asked him about the size of the show—curious to see if he thought CES is getting too big—and he spoke to the fact that CTA has actually made it more difficult for companies to exhibit at the show, and the associations still found itself in a situation where they were having to turn potential exhibitors away.
The only downside about CES being as large as it is—with some 170,000 attendees—is how difficult it can be to get around Vegas via the roadways. A simple one-mile jaunt from the LVCC to the Sands Expo could take a good 30 minutes on one of the official CES shuttle buses or even through Uber/Lyft or a taxi. Walking, more often than not, was definitely the better option.
At the end of the day, though, that just means that I have to get back to Vegas next year to continue to explore what goes on, on the CES show floor.