By Lisa Johnston
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Stockholm – The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) claimed today that the 2013 International CES will be the largest app event in the world and predicts growth in its digital health and fitness technology when it takes place from Jan. 8-11, 2013, in Las Vegas.
During a media event, here, CEA, owner and producer of CES, will include competitions, educational sessions and events that showcase the best of the app world. Apps at CES will feature: CEA MoDev Hackathon, CES Developer University, Appy Hour, Wall of Apps and a Mobile Apps Showdown.
CEA’s MoDev Hackathon will be a live competition, taking place at the Venetian, featuring 25 teams of up to four people competing for glory and more than $25,000 in cash and prizes. It will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013.
Returning for a second year, CES Developer University (Developer U) provides app developers the opportunity to learn about the new advancements from manufacturers and platform developers. Developer U allows for app developers to meet the widest array of platform developers, see live demos and make business connections.
Developer U is a free conference track so if you want to attend as an audience member, all you need to do is register for the 2013 CES. Developer U is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), South hall Connector in rooms S227 and S228.
CES’ Appy Hour is a new social media initiative directed to highlight a CES exhibiting company’s apps. Starting Monday, Dec. 3, CES will feature these apps primarily through CES social media properties. CES exhibitors can submit their app for consideration through a form on the CES Facebook page starting Nov. 5. Apps of all sorts are welcome, including apps specifically linked to products.
Located in the Grand Lobby of the LVCC, the Wall of Apps as CES showcases the most innovative apps from the past year and for the future. The Wall of Apps is a hands-on, curated display of the best apps available for iOS, Android, Blackberry and the new Windows Mobile. For developers who think their apps are the best of the bunch, the Mobile Apps Showdown at CES will put those apps to the test. App producers have two minutes to demo the app, and a winner is determined by an audience applause-o-meter. This year, Gary Dell’Abate and Jon Hein from the Sirius Radio’s Howard Stern Wrap Up Show host the Mobile Apps Showdown on Jan. 10, in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, room N255.
In addition there is 25 percent more growth in digital health and fitness technology at CES in January. More than 215 exhibitors will showcase devices beyond weight, body mass index (BMI), exercise and calorie tracking. The next generation of health and fitness devices and apps offer access to complete medical history, comprehensive biometric data and remote access to medical professionals, CEA said
The companies displaying these technologies will be showcased in the FitnessTech and Digital Health Summit TechZones and conference tracks, plus Silvers Summit.
Visit CESweb.org for more information on the 2013 International CES.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.