We received an email from Gary Shapiro, the president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the producer of the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). He speaks of why the CEA is coming to New York City at the mid-year mark.
It’s about innovation. It’s who we are as leaders in the new economy. For decades, CEA has promoted the business of innovation, through the International CES in Las Vegas every January, and through public policy and research.
If ever there was a crucial time to make a statement about innovation, and your company and our industry, it is now. We are seeing big changes and growth in our industry and membership. Indeed, our industry is radically changing how home entertainment and information are consumed anywhere/anytime.
What does that have to do with a show in New York in June? There is a simple, strategic value to our industry making some noise about itself mid-year when the media and analysts are listening. The goal is to use all forms of media to make a collective shoutout on behalf of those innovators large and small that need their story heard. With CE Week, we’re creating a straightforward and highly affordable way for all of us to remind consumers that today’s CE industry is a collection of brilliant hardware and software designers working together to make the best possible products.
This event has grown exponentially over the past five years. Last year’s CE Week attracted 2,300 members of the trade along with more than 650 media/analysts – making it one of the CE industry’s biggest annual events. More than 200 companies and 17 event partners converged to showcase the best new products for back-to-school and the holidays.
Like Gary, we feel that consumer electronics and technology fuel innovation and that leads to success. See you in June.