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CES 2018: Catalyst of Innovation


5G, smart cities, AI, IoT, AR and VR, shine at annual innovation

officially wrapped today, after dazzling the world with a
glimpse into the future. More than 3,900 exhibitors showcased
world-changing technologies that spanned more than 2.75 million net
square feet of exhibit space across Las Vegas – the largest show floor
in CES' 51 year history. There were 860,732 tweets about CES 2018 and
450,554 uses of the #CES2018 hashtag. From major international brands to
the more than 900 startups participating in Eureka Park (home for CES
startups) CES 2018 truly reflected the vibrant global tech industry.

"Large and small companies from around the globe came to Las Vegas this
week to use CES 2018 to launch technologies that will change our world,"
said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association
(CTA). "From 5G to smart cities, digital health, AI, VR/AR and more, the
technologies that will shape the future of our planet and lives for the
better were on display across the show floor. CES is the global platform
where you can see the critical ingredient technologies and understand
better how they interconnect, providing both a clear snapshot of today's
breakthrough innovations and a vision of the road ahead."

Intel, Ford and Huawei took the CES 2018 keynote stage this week with
corporate showcases. Intel's
preshow keynote
involved a grand production with technology advances
and creative artistry that rivaled top Las Vegas shows. Throughout the
extravaganza, Intel celebrated innovation, explored what's next for big
data and set a Guinness World Record with its Shooting Star Mini Drone
show – the most advanced software fleet of 100 drones controlled without
GPS by one pilot. Ford's
opening keynote
focused on creating a reliable future of
transportation through a systems-based approach for smart cities. Huawei
announced the availability of its Mate10 Pro smartphone in the American
market next month during its Tuesday afternoon keynote.

"With every major industry now engaged in tech, our show attracts major
global brands and innovative newcomers from industries as varied as
entertainment and marketing, sports and healthcare, and automotive and
lifestyle," said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, CES and corporate
business strategy, CTA. "International attendance was stronger than last
year, which is amazing due to the strength of the US dollar and the drop
in international business travel to the US. CES is truly a global event,
proven year after year."

An array of groundbreaking technologies were introduced, explored and
analyzed over the past days, showing that our world is heading towards a
more connected future. Smart
Cities at CES
spotlighted many of these innovative technologies,
including 5G, AI and IoT.

The CES conference program covered the entire tech industry through more
than 900 speakers, including 240 women, across some 200 conference

"CES 2018 will be remembered as the year where the wattage of innovation
was so huge that it caused a blackout!" said Bridget Karlin, CTO and VP,
IBM. "CES 2018 once again demonstrated that this is the world's premiere
showcase for technology innovation with unparalleled diversity from
international public officials to industry leaders to entrepreneurs."

The brand new Smart Cities Marketplace delivered multiple conference
sessions that featured policymakers, city officials, industry innovators
and more. Additionally, CES 2018 saw several hundred government leaders
attend the show including one cabinet official, 10 members of congress
and six international ministers.

Smart speakers and digital assistants made their way into everything at
CES from speakers and glasses to cars and appliances. Quantum computing
also emerged at CES 2018 as a key component to the future of technology,
showcased by exhibitors like IBM and Intel.

"CES is by far the world's preeminent technology showcase and innovation
catalyst. At CES, companies, both large and small, along with a
powerfully diverse set of entrepreneurs from around the globe come
together to define the technologies, products and services that will
help address society's most pressing needs," said John Penny, EVP,
consumer business development & partnership, Twentieth Century Fox. "CES
is a connection system for the global community of innovations, their
companies, and countries."

Check out CESTV
for a recap
of what you missed at CES 2018. CES returns to Las Vegas
in 2019 from January 8-11. For more information please visit

Take a look at three new
areas at CES 2018
. High-definition video b-roll from CES is
available for easy download on
See exclusive photos from the CES show floor, keynotes, conference
sessions, events and award ceremonies in the
photo gallery

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About CES:

CES® is the world's gathering place for all who thrive on the business
of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for
innovators and breakthrough technologies for 51 years-the global stage
where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. As
the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the
industry. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM,
it attracts the world's business leaders and pioneering thinkers. Check
out CES
video highlights
. Follow CES online at
and on social.

About Consumer Technology Association:

Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ is the trade association
representing the $351 billion U.S. consumer technology industry, which
supports more than 15 million U.S. jobs. More than 2,200 companies – 80
percent are small businesses and startups; others are among the world's
best known brands – enjoy the benefits of CTA membership including
policy advocacy, market research, technical education, industry
promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and
strategic relationships. CTA also owns and produces CES®
the world's gathering place for all who thrive on the business of
consumer technologies. Profits from CES are reinvested into CTA's
industry services.


  • CES Asia 2018
    June 13-15, Shanghai, China
  • Digital Patriots Dinner
    April 17, Washington, DC
  • CES on the Hill
    April 18, Washington, DC
  • CES 2019
    January 8-11, 2019

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