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CEA Reveals More Plans, Speakers For 2012 CES


The Consumer Electronics Association
(CEA) held its annual press preview and CES
Unveiled product showcase, here, earlier this month
and a similar first-ever event in London, England last
week, detailing updating what will be in store during
International CES in January.

The show is produced and owned by the CEA
and will be held in Las Vegas Jan. 10-13. This is
slightly later than usual, and in another rarity will be
held Tuesday through Friday rather than the usual
Thursday through Sunday schedule.

While many details on the CES keynoters, Tech-
Zones, PMA @ CES, Eureka Park, panels and other happenings at the show were previously
announced, here are new events revealed
in New York:

• John Donahoe, president and CEO of
eBay, will deliver a keynote address at the
Leaders in Technology Dinner (LIT), an
invitation-only event, to take place at 6:30
p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, in the Lafite
Ballroom at The Wynn.

• Bryan Burns, strategic business planning
and development VP of ESPN, announced
that ESPN 3D will broadcast live
a series of boxing matches sanctioned by
the Nevada State Athletic Commission
during the show, and that SportsNation,
the popular show hosted by Colin Cowherd
and Michelle Beadle, will be broadcast
live from CES in 3D and HDTV, along
with Cowherd’s radio show. For those attending
CES, ESPN is inviting guests to
the Hilton Theater on Monday, Jan. 9, to
watch the BCS National Championship
Game in 3D.

• CEA president/CEO Gary Shapiro
will have a one-on-one interview with
Federal Communications Commission
Chairman Julius Genachowski on Jan. 11
at 1:30 pm

• Brian Dunn, Best Buy’s CEO, will be
part of the “Global Perspective On Retail”
panel on Jan. 11 at 3 p.m. with Shapiro
moderating. More panelists will be announced

• Monster is again hosting its Monster
Retailer Awards on Jan. 11, with its special
musical guests Chicago.

And last Thursday in London CEA revealed
that Xerox chairman/CEO Ursula
Burns, Verizon president/CEO Lowell
McAdam and Ford Motor Company president/
CEO Alan Mulally will be participants
in the CES Innovation Power Panel.

The panel will take place at 9 a.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 11, in the Las Vegas
Hilton Theater and will be moderated by
Shapiro, who will discuss how a spirit
of innovation and entrepreneurship has
made them global leaders in their industries,
CEA said.

“This unique keynote panel, one of our
most popular events at the 2011 CES
where it debuted, will bring together business
leaders whose ingenuity helps to
fuel the global economy,” said Shapiro in
a statement. “The technology industry is
powering the global marketplace, and the
chief executives of these marquee companies
will give CES attendees a unique
perspective on the power of innovation.”

Back at the New York event Shapiro
also reminded everyone that the 2012
CES is the largest technology show in the
world, with 1.7 million square feet of exhibit
space, an estimated 140,000 attendees
and 2,700 exhibitors expected. “An
estimated half-billion dollars of business
is done [due to] the show. An average of
12 meetings are held [per attendee] during
CES,” he noted, illustrating the impact
and efficiency of attending the event.