NEW YORK –
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 soon.
• 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.