CES at 50: CTA CEO Gary Shapiro Reflects on the Evolution of the World’s Largest Tech Show
CES 2017 will represent the 50th iteration of the consumer tech tradeshow—one of the longest-running and largest trade shows in North America. Since the first CES was help in New York City in 1967, the show has evolved—and grown—right along with the tech industry.
That first year, 17,500 attendees showed up to get a look at products from some 100 exhibitors. Among the tech on display: pocket radios and TV. By comparison, in 2017 there’s expected to be more than 170,000 attendees who walk through the various halls and hotels, checking out the more than 3,600 companies that will cover over 2.4 million square feet of exhibit space. And the tech? TVs will still be there, but pocket radios have since moved aside to give way to wearables, virtual reality, robots, self-driving cars, and more.
As his organization prepares for this golden anniversary of CES, Consumer Technology Association CEO Gary Shapiro took some time to reflect on what these past 50 years have meant, and to look ahead at the next 50 years.