A new conference program and exhibit area that focuses on life-changing technologies has been added to CES 2019.
Building off the success of its Smart Cities program at CES 2018, the Consumer Technology Association said the new Resilience Conference will feature tech keeping people healthy, safe, warm, powered, fed and secure, even in the face of adversity.
“Our mission is to encourage and expose innovation which improves the human condition,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CTA. “People expect and need basic services like power, water and broadband. Localism is becoming more important. Recent natural disasters and climate change make it clear that our future history must ensure innovation will focus on preparedness and recovery.
“CES Smart Cities already successfully showcases the technology, solutions and players that shape better urban design. Resilience will expand on these topics with a greater focus on how technology aids the localism and continuity of critical infrastructure and the ability to operationally bounce back or keep going during a crisis.”
The Resilience Conference will deliver world-class conference programming, insights and solutions from the world’s most influential leaders and government officials, law enforcement, investors, start-ups, city planners, major brands and corporate technology attendees. Themes include preparedness, responsiveness and recovery, with deep dives into communication and redundancies, energy, water crises, cybersecurity, health and disaster recovery.
“I originally proposed the concept of ‘resiliency’ to CES because it has become an important consideration to both the developing and developed world. We have seen the evidence of the need for resiliency from our work at Breakthrough Energy, where our mission and mandate is truly global,” said Carmichael Roberts, senior member of Breakthrough Energy (the climate-focused fund started by Bill Gates), managing partner of Material Impact and a board member of Zero Mass Water– a CES 2018 exhibitor that democratizes water by pulling it from thin air. “This need for more robust products to create an impervious infrastructure is becoming apparent in all geographies, so we want to see innovations that are truly resilient, which should dramatically protect and improve the lives of human beings.”
CES 2019 will be held Jan. 8-11 in Las Vegas. Registration is now open.