CES is among the tech world’s largest gatherings. The event usually held in January draws in the largest tech firms and minds in the world. It is traditionally seen as the tech world’s curtain-raiser for the year.
It is an annual event that aims to showcase the most recent advancements in technology. It is usually held in Las Vegas, US state of Nevada, at the beginning of each year.
In 2020, the event had a total attendance of 171,268 as per the CTA’s records. It features Artificial Intelligence virtual beings by Samsung, the kitschy robots, and Segway’s self-balancing vehicles.
It was slated for January 2021 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. However, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, the event will have to be held online.
The event joins a few others in having an online gathering. The social distancing measures to combat the spread of the virus have necessitated the conference’s holding online.
Consumer Technology Association, the organizers of the event, decided on the backdrop of a spike in the number of deaths and infections globally.
It would be dangerous to convening tens of thousands of people. A statement the event organizers seemed to agree with.
All keynote speeches or product showcases will be displayed digitally. The digital formats for the keynotes, live meetups, demonstrations, and others are currently being developed.
The CES technology conference isn’t the only event that has had to realign itself due to COVID-19. Numerous events have had to adapt to the new normal and the fact that events will be impossible for people to attend.