CES has been the Mecca for technology innovations for over 50 years
The event is held at the Las Vegas Convention Centre in January
The 2021 edition will be closed to the public and shown only online
Organizers announced today that the 2021 CES will happen, but only online. The number one show for technical innovations is therefore forced to innovate because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Consumer Electronics Show therefore becomes the latest casualty of the coronavirus outbreak. The Geneva Motor Show, New York Auto Show, North American International Auto Show and countless other events in and out of the automotive world have been postponed or cancelled in recent months.
The cancellation of the 2021 edition of CES is still surprising, given that we are still six months away. The show was scheduled to be held January 6 to 9, 2021 at the Las Vegas Convention Centre.
That said, organizers appear to have put a lot of thought into preparing this year’s all-digital experience. Even six months out, going fully online requires careful planning and it’s likely there was concern about the feasibility of public gatherings in the next year.
Making the decision to go online now and making sure everything is in place was the safest bet.
Keynotes and conferences will still take place, except participants will be watching from their computers. A digital CES show floor will give users the ability to browse new productions based on their interests.
It will also be possible to meet with brands and leaders in various fields through digital roundtable discussions and live interactions.
CES is one of the most noteworthy events for automotive, but it is so much more than that. We will miss the unique and unmistakable atmosphere within the Las Vegas Convention Centre, but we certainly won’t miss the crowds.