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Shapiro: 2015 CES Attendance Exceeds Last Year’s 160,000

Las Vegas — Before government and industry leaders during International CES last week, Gary Shapiro, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) president and CEO, declared the 2015 international CES to be “by far, without question … our best CES yet.”

Shapiro said just two days into the show that attendance had already passed the 160,000 mark from last year. Of those, more than 40,000 are from outside of the United States, representing more than 150 countries.

This year’s show, he said, encompasses 2.2 million net square feet of exhibit space, compared with 2.05 million net square feet last year. Of the more than 3,600 innovative companies, more than 375 are start-ups in Eureka Park, vs. about 220 last year.

Shapiro reminded the audience that “the spirit of CES” is to give exposure to even the smallest companies, to investors, buyers, media and others.

He said attendees come to see not only what’s new but to see problem solvers that make things better. “That’s the kind of spirit that I think will prevail over some of the horrible things that occurred [in France] today,” Shapiro said, referencing a tragic mass shooting by terrorists at a Paris newspaper.

Shapiro pointed to keynote speeches from the leaders of Samsung (speaking on the company’s vision for the internet of things); Mercedes (showing a driverless car — the first concept car created exclusively for CES); Ford (giving its vision for the future of transportation); and Intel (unveiling breakthrough technologies).

“That’s what it’s about — moving us forward,” Shapiro declared.