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CES 2015 considered ‘new World’s Fair’

The 2015 International CES, owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), closed Jan. 9 as the largest CES in show history, breaking all records as innovators unveiled countless technology services at the world’s gathering place for the business of consumer technology. 

“CES is the new World’s Fair,” said Enrique Muyshondt, president, DesktopFab Inc. “You have to be here!”

Running from Jan. 6-9 at venues throughout Las Vegas, the 2015 edition wrapped its largest show in history with over 2.2 million net square feet of exhibit space featuring more than 3,600 exhibitors, including a record number of startups.

“There is no place in the world where you get so much done is so little time,” said Randy Fry, president, Fry’s Electronics.

Innovators showcased the latest across categories like automotive electronics, personalized health care solutions, unmanned vehicles, connected devices, 3D printers and gaming.

“This CES vastly exceeded our expectations. The show inspired and likely gave almost every attendee a sense that innovation will provide solutions to a range of global issues from the environment and agriculture to transportation, health and safety,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. “CES is the center of convergence among content, services and products, combining to create amazing new technologies to improve our lives and entertain us. It’s been incredible to see thought leaders from many diverse communities come together for cross industry collaboration.”

Exhibitors demonstrated 3D printing on the show floor.
Exhibitors demonstrated 3D printing on the show floor.

This year more than 170,000 industry professionals, including more than 45,000 from outside the U.S., convened to engage in the hands-on experience of interacting with the next generation of technology.

“The technology here demonstrates how solutions to global challenges can be effectuated through innovation,” said John Penney, chief strategy officer, Starz. “This year’s show brought an incredibly strong narrative of interdisciplinary interaction across an array of markets and industries. Tremendous!”

Featured at three venues – Tech East, Tech West and C Space at ARIA, which was established to curate technology innovation – the show included product launches such as driverless cars and 3D printers to life-saving body monitoring systems and connected homes.

“Attendees from an array of industries were able to have the optimal CES experience across our three venues, Tech East, Tech West and C Space, based on their business needs and meeting schedules,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, International CES and corporate business strategy. “Our strategy of creating diverse CES experiences for our attendees appears to have succeeded.”

Up from 220 last year, 375 startup companies exhibited this year.

Peak Ventures CEO Larry Richenstein explained the business power of CES.

“There is no better place than CES to discover early stage companies in CE and related areas, and to learn the latest trends in technology,” Richenstein commented.

The success of the 2015 International CES builds strong momentum for CES Asia, to be held May 25-27 in Shanghai, China. With strong exhibitor demand for CEA’s inaugural event, the show will be curated with select qualifying companies permitted to exhibit.

CEA will release final 2015 CES numbers upon its independent audit late this spring. The International CES will return to Las Vegas on Jan. 6-9, 2016.


Tara Dunion, Sr. Director of Communications, Consumer Electronics Association, reviewed the 2014 International CES.


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    Feb. 18, 2015, Tokyo, Japan
  • CEA Winter Break
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