The Consumer Electronics Association, producers of CES 2020 taking place Jan. 7-10 at Las Vegas Convention Center, is giving local high school students the opportunity to have their innovative ideas heard on a global stage.

On Friday, Jan. 10, three teams of Las Vegas-area high school students will pitch their original business ideas to tech industry leaders at CES 2020, the largest, most influential tech event in the world.

The pitch competitors have successfully completed the digital entrepreneurship program Future Innovators, powered by EVERFI Inc. and sponsored by the Consumer Technology Association.

The program was established in 2015 to help address the nation’s skills gap and drive students to explore careers in entrepreneurship and STEM. CES is open to consumer technology professionals who are at least 18 years of age.

Competition judges are Noa Davidson, Emerging Tech, Innovation & Startup Partnerships; Kim Folsom, co-founder, Founders First Capital Partners; and Itai Ben-Gal, chief innovation officer, Bluewater Technologies Group.

CES 2020 is expected to attract more than 170,000 attendees with and estimated total economic impact of $283.3 million. Since 1978, CES has drawn 4.7 million visitors to Las Vegas and has had an estimated $5.7 billion economic impact on the destination.

As North America’s largest technology trade association, CTA members are the world’s leading innovators—from startups to global brands—helping support more than 18 million American jobs. For more info, visit CTA.tech

Founded in 2008, EVERFI is an international technology company driving social change through education to address the most challenging issues affecting society ranging from financial wellness to prescription drug safety to workplace conduct and other critical topics. For more info, visit everfi.com

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