Thursday in CE: Lights Out as CES Loses Power During Event
Day 2 of CES 2018 was off to a great start in Las Vegas. A day after torrential downpours left many exhibitors and attendees soaking wet, the sun was out, the sky was blue, and the air was warm. Then, around 11:15 a.m. local time, the entire Central Hall and South Hall bridge meeting rooms went dark. CES 2018 lost power, and the #CESBlackout hashtag was born.
For two hours there was a lot of confusion as people wandered through the dark halls, using their cell phone flashlights to navigate the crowded corridors, attempting to avoid running into other people and the maze of booth structures.
It’s an ironic event for sure, considering this is not only the largest North American trade show, but one—obviously—focused on the consumer electronics industry. The thought of companies like Sony, Samsung, and LG losing power is laughable. But the situation itself was an incredibly dangerous one.