Many friends, colleagues and tech industry folks have asked me if I will be attending the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). CES is the United States’ largest technology tradeshow and it is held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show features the latest technology as well as previews for new and upcoming products. CES is not open to the general public. You must be in the consumer electronics industry to be eligible to attend the show. Attendees are made up of more than 140,000 individuals including manufacturers, retailers, content providers and creators, broadband developers, installers, engineers, corporate buyers, government leaders, financial analysts and the mediaâ€”representing the United States, Canada, Mexico and more than 130 other countries.
Unfortunately, I will not be attending the show this year due to variety of reasons. First of all, the show is occurring soley during the weekdays this year, with none of the show dates falling on a weekend. This means I would need to use up vacation days in order to attend the show. Also, I am no longer “working” for CDFreaks.com, so I would have to pay for my own hotel and airfare if I wanted to go. Due to these reasons as well as a few others, I have decided not to attend this year.
Don’t get me wrong, CES is a great time and I always have a blast when I go, but this year the negatives outweighed the positivies for me when I considered the trip. If the show was occurring during the weekend, I would have probably opted to go. For this year I will miss out on the fun times at CES, and I will look forward to the coverage and articles published online that will no doubt be saturating the web soon.
If you would like to check out my coverage of the optical storage industry at CES last year, head over to my CDFreaks.com article and have a read. I do expect to attend the CES 2008, so maybe I’ll see you then. Some information in this article has been obtained from http://cesweb.org. Visit CESweb.org for more details.