CES takes place in Las Vegas, and it's always the largest tech show of the year—with self-driving cars, fancy TVs, smart home devices, cool new headphones, and other tech products that help shape our future. But due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the in-person event has been canceled, and it'll move to a completely virtual experience.
"Amid the pandemic and growing global health concerns about the spread of COVID-19, it's just not possible to safely convene tens of thousands of people in Las Vegas in early January 2021 to meet and do business in person," said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CTA. "Technology helps us all work, learn and connect during the pandemic – and that innovation will also help us reimagine CES 2021 and bring together the tech community in a meaningful way. By shifting to an all-digital platform for 2021, we can deliver a unique experience that helps our exhibitors connect with existing and new audiences."
More than 170,000 people attended CES 2019, so the demand for a meaningful experience will clearly be high for this year's event. No information has been given as to what the virtual presentation will look like for exhibitors and press.
The digital event will take place the first week of January, with plans to return to Las Vegas for CES 2022—but of course, only time will tell.