Monday, October 18, 2021
Auto Shows & Events CES 2021 Cancelled For Public, Will Go Digital Only

CES 2021 Cancelled For Public, Will Go Digital Only

The Consumer Electronics Show will be online only in 2021

  • 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.

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Charles Jolicoeur
Charles Jolicoeur was studying to be a CPA when he decided to drop everything and launch a car website in 2012. Don't ask. The journey has been an interesting one, but today he has co-founded and manages 8 websites including EcoloAuto.com and MotorIllustrated.com as General Manager of NetMedia360. He also sits on the board of the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada. Send me an email

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