I’ve misplaced depend what number of occasions I’ve been to the Consumer Electronics Show, however I’m into my third decade for the large tech commerce present. This 12 months, I’m going to stroll miles of displays once more at CES 2018, the big tech commerce present in Las Vegas subsequent week. This is my standard story that may assist newcomers keep away from some Vegas nightmares and hangovers.

Just like final 12 months, the survival ideas are affected by bag restrictions and entrance searches at the entire massive venues. Once once more, issues about terrorism, particularly in mild of the Mandalay Bay shootings, have had an impact on what you possibly can carry into the present. You can solely carry two small laptop-size luggage into the present.

And sure, I can not carry my trademark backpack curler (which my coworkers have dubbed my secret weapon in years previous) into the occasion. (The media are granted an exception to this rule, however I wouldn’t actually wager on it.)

“At CES 2018, you’ll discover a extra extremely seen regulation enforcement presence all through the present and in any respect venues,” the present guidelines state. “Law enforcement officers and K9 (canine) models can be at each the entrances to the venues and on the exhibit ground. We can be performing random safety checks on present premises.”

The 51st annual present opens on Sunday, January 7, for the 6,500 or so press attending the present. The press occasions proceed on January 8. But the 2.6 million sq. ft of exhibit house will open at 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 9. EnterpriseBeat writers Stephanie Chan and Blair Hanley Frank will be part of me, and a few of my colleagues can be comfortably watching livestreams at house.

Gary Shapiro, CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, which places on the present, advised me in an interview final month that the present can have greater than 4,000 exhibitors throughout 2.6 million sq. ft of exhibit house.

This 12 months, there are extra exhibitors than final 12 months displaying drones, robots, augmented actuality, and synthetic intelligence merchandise.

And we’re additionally going to see a number of wearables, digital actuality, robots, good vehicles, well being devices, 3D printers, and Internet of Things objects. Last 12 months, the present drew 184,498 audited attendees, up from 177,000 the 12 months earlier than. This 12 months, Shapiro expects the same quantity, however the group continues to be making an attempt to carry down unqualified attendees.

These numbers are a form of bellwether for the tech financial system, as no present spans the whole tech world the way in which CES does. Companies go there to be perceived as cool, and I’m going in order that I can keep in control on the newest expertise. We can anticipate to see greater than 900 corporations on the startup space, Eureka Park, within the Venetian resort. That’s up from 600 final 12 months. At least 118 authorities leaders can be there, with little question a lot of them chatting about web neutrality’s demise. Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, bailed on the occasion yesterday, nonetheless.

Apple doesn’t attend the present, however nearly each different tech big does. It’s the place the tech business can be subsequent week, although it’s not a lot of a recreation occasion nowadays. If you’re curious what I obtained out of final 12 months’s present, right here it’s.

Your CES survival ideas

Above: Intel’s sales space at CES 2017.

Image Credit: Dean Takahashi

Many of the following pointers are recycled from previous years, however the brand new baggage guidelines and added regulation enforcement presence will probably gradual issues down a bit. You’ll simply should journey lighter. Your luggage can be topic to go looking. We survived that trouble a 12 months in the past, however don’t overlook to take potential delays under consideration when planning your schedule.

Shapiro famous, “Security, because it has been since I began, is all the time evolving relying on the world scenario. We’ve come a good distance within the 30 years I’ve been concerned in that particular subject. The bodily safety subject, we spend a number of time on it. We’re all the time making an attempt to do the most effective we will. We work native officers, the FBI, Homeland Security, and others fairly rigorously.”

One of the adjustments is that the badges can have images on them, making identification simpler and making it tougher for folks to share badges. You can solely carry two luggage, every smaller than 12 inches by 17 inches by 6 inches. You want a CES badge and a authorities photograph ID. If you possibly can, it’s best to choose up your badge on the airport or considered one of these places.

On your crowded flights, attempt to journey mild. For Southwest, I all the time verify in precisely 24 hours forward of boarding. Check in your baggage in case you don’t should get anyplace quick. Be ready for lengthy cab traces or rental automobile check-in traces. (Services like Uber and Lyft have been very helpful final 12 months at CES, significantly as parking shouldn’t be plentiful sufficient.)

Above: The Microsoft social gathering at CES 2016.

Image Credit: Dean Takahashi

Bring your comfy sneakers, and attempt to get sleep. If the events are what you care about, take a look at the Karennet social gathering checklist. Many of them are invite-only. Remember to swap cellphone numbers with the folks you might be assembly with so you possibly can coordinate, significantly as somebody is often held up by the crowds for appointments. Incorporate drive and consuming occasions into your calendar, or use a calendar that does that robotically for you (I’m nonetheless on the lookout for one).

Smartphone reception is healthier than it was, however it’s nonetheless in all probability liable to interference. Text message is often a good strategy to talk with coworkers. We all the time search out the Wi-Fi havens within the press rooms or wherever we will discover them. But carry a MiFi or activate a private hotspot in case you can; even resort Internet connections are prone to be pressured to the restrict in the course of the present. If you’re accountable for importing video, good luck with that.

If you acquire a number of swag, you possibly can ship it house through delivery providers as an alternative of carting it on the airplane. You ought to print a map of the exhibit ground or rip one out of the present information. You also needs to print your tickets, schedule, and RSVPs for occasions. You want a number of battery backup in your laptop computer or smartphone, hand sanitizer, an excellent digicam, ibuprofen, and nutritional vitamins. Bring a backup for all the things, even when you must go away it in your resort room this 12 months.

Pack sufficient enterprise playing cards. If you’re exhibiting, put on your organization model in your shirt. Try very arduous to maintain from shedding your cellphone. I put on a jacket with zippered pockets so I can put my cellphone and pockets inside.

Make a while to stroll the present ground. If the cab line has you annoyed, don’t take into consideration strolling to a close-by resort. Chances are the cab line there may be additionally unhealthy, and the lodges are so enormous mirage impact makes them look deceptively shut. If you’ve got a rental automobile, attempt to not get caught in a site visitors jam in a 10-story parking storage.

Schedule your appointments in places which might be close to one another. Arrive early for keynotes as a result of the traces are lengthy. Drink plenty of water. Get some sleep — you actually don’t should social gathering each night time. Don’t miss your flight on the way in which out. Pack up a bunch of snacks early on to keep away from getting caught in breakfast or lunch traces. Take an excellent digicam as a result of what occurs in Vegas … will get shared on the Internet.

What’s taking place when

Above: Merge VR reveals its headset at CES 2017.

Image Credit: Dean Takahashi

And right here’s how we anticipate the information to unfold this week:


Lots of embargoed information will break Sunday by means of Thursday as tech corporations attempt to catch some early buzz. The Consumer Technology Association analysts will open press-only periods with gross sales stats and pattern forecasts for 2018. The occasion formally kicks off within the afternoon with a press-only CES Unveiled reception, the place scores of corporations which have received innovation awards can be first to point out off. You’ll begin seeing posts about cool stuff at that social gathering on Sunday night, significantly from all of the tech journalists who’re chained to tables on the social gathering. I’ll be heading over with among the early press to Nvidia’s press occasion, which occur from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jen-Hsun Huang can be speaking loads about synthetic intelligence in self-driving vehicles, however hopefully he’ll speak about graphics and gaming too. It’s probably not a keynote, however Nvidia evidently needs to steal the thunder on the present.


Above: Gary Shapiro, head of the Consumer Technology Association, stated that about 165,000 persons are attending CES 2017.

Image Credit: Dean Takahashi

Media Day at CES has now morphed right into a day and a half. It begins round 1 p.m. on Sunday after which runs from 8 a.m. to the early night on Monday. LG kicks off the Monday press occasions at 8 a.m. This 12 months, one thing new is a parallel occasion dubbed the CoinAgenda Summit, all about investing in Bitcoin and digital foreign money. Samsung can have a press occasion at 2 p.m. Monday, whereas Sony will begin at 5 p.m. You ought to seek for CES press occasion livestreams, significantly in case you can’t get in.

Most of the press occasions are on the Mandalay Bay, though Sony has its occasion on the Las Vegas Convention Center. These occasions are closed to non-press attendees, however we’ll be writing posts about a number of these occasions.

Brian Krzanich will host the official CES opening keynote on Monday at 6:30 p.m. on the Monte Carlo Park Theater. (Yes, in case you go to the Venetian, you’ll be within the incorrect place.) At the keynote, the CTA’s Shapiro will welcome the early crowd. I’ll shut the night with the Pepcom Digital Experience social gathering, a non-public occasion on the Mirage Hotel. When I meet folks at a CES social gathering, the commonest query I get is “What did you see right now?” It’s a bit annoying as they’re often fishing for a narrative or gadget that they need to see and move on to their associates, however I don’t thoughts it as a result of it does trigger me to sharpen my interested by what I’ve witnessed for the day. Usually, sadly, it’s nothing actually necessary.


Above: CES 2017 drew an estimated 184,000 folks to 2.6 million sq. ft of displays.

Image Credit: Dean Takahashi

At 10 a.m., the present ground formally opens on the massive venues. The 11 places are the Las Vegas Convention Center and World Trade Center, the Sands Expo, the Venetian, Aria, Monte Carlo, Vdara, The Palazzo Suites, Wynn Las Vegas, Encore at Wynn, the Westgate Las Vegas, and the Renaissance Las Vegas. Keynote audio system embrace Gary Shapiro of CTA; Jim Hackett, CEO of Ford; and Richard Yu, head of Huawei’s shopper enterprise group. Dell’s press occasion is Tuesday morning.

We’ll catch extra product unveilings on the invite-only Showstoppers Party on the Wynn Hotel.

Some recommendation for strolling the present ground. The Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) is cavernous. It stretches from the North Hall, the place a number of the automobile makers and speaker producers collect, to the huge Central Hall and the multilevel South Hall. It’s a few miles from one finish to the opposite, so attempt to house out your appointments. You ought to actually take the time to map out the place you’re going to stroll and the way lengthy it is going to take to get there.

It’s not straightforward to get from the LVCC to the Sands Expo in the course of the rush interval, however the CTA gives shuttle buses for that objective. Parking is scarce, and also you’ll pay $20 or extra for it every day.

When the exhibit ground closes at 6 p.m., there’s a mad rush for the taxi line, the shuttle buses to main lodges, the parking garages, and the monorail. Try to not get caught in gigantic site visitors jams out on the Las Vegas Strip and anyplace else close to the principle conference heart; perhaps wait out the frenzy at a coffeehouse or resort bar.


If you’re nonetheless up for listening to talks, Cristiano Amon, president of Qualcomm, will communicate from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the Venetian’s Palazzo Ballroom. Other audio system embrace Hans Vestberg of Verizon, Qi Lu of Baidu, and Sue Marek of SDxCentral. There is a gaggle of other people talking at different occasions. The present ground opens at 9 a.m.


Above: You might race with a giant monitor and driving pod at Hisense’s sales space.

Image Credit: Dean Takahashi

I’m strolling the present ground on the Sands and holding conferences on the Venetian on this present day. I extremely advocate that you simply hit only one main venue in a day, just like the Sands or the conference heart, and keep away from going off web site in any respect prices.


If you hate crowds, this can be the day to point out up. The VB crew can be passed by this level, and we’ll be house considering our picks for the highest CES developments, the most effective services, and superior photographs from the present. But the present ground can be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you’re good, you’ll take some painkillers and a trip day earlier than you come to work.

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