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CES - Las Vegas' Geekiest and Coolest Trade Show

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Visitors look at Sharp Aquos televisions at the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center January 8, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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The What.

Each year in early January the Who's Who of technology companies, inventors and gadget-teers descend upon the Las Vegas Convention Center for the industries largest and most important convention. The Consumer Electronics Show takes place over a week and remains one of the most important conventions of the year.

Over 140,000 attendees walk the halls of CES each year and for the big players in televisions, gaming systems, telecommunications and other technologies the annual event is there chance to show of the best and biggest products due to be unveiled in 2012. Among the perennial attendees are Microsoft, Philips, Sony, Panasonic and Samsung. Rumors that the upcoming X-Boz 720, Playstation 4 and Wii U may see the light of day at CES has created a huge buzz.

Unlike many other trade shows, CES is closed to the public, so you must have press credentials or insider status or have a good buddy who is willing to take you. Despite, or perhaps because of this CES remains one of the most coveted tickets in town. Despite it's exclusivity, CES brings in millions of dollars each year and helps make January one of the most exciting months to be in Las Vegas.

When CES comes to town, parties get a little geekier, restaurant clientèle get a temporary bump in IQ and businesses across the Valley see a well needed post holiday boost to their bottom lines. Lucky for us CES will be here a long time.

Check out the Schedule of Events for all the Comings and Goings.

The Who

Hundred of companies will unveil new products at CES. Some are giants of industry, while others are startups looking to make their mark on the world. Check the Exhibitor Directory for all participating companies.

The Where.

Las Vegas Hilton (will become the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino on January 3rd, 2012)

3000 Paradise Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

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The Venetian

3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

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The When

Consumer Electronics Show 2012 Schedule

Tuesday, January 10: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Wednesday, January 11: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Thursday, January 12: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday, January 13: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Future

CES and Las Vegas will remain bedfellows for many years. The following dates are set for the next decade.

  • Jan. 8-11, 2013 (Tuesday-Friday)
  • Jan. 7-10, 2014 (Tuesday-Friday)
  • Jan. 8-11, 2015 (Thursday-Sunday)
  • Jan. 7-10, 2016 (Thursday-Sunday)
  • Jan. 5-8, 2017 (Thursday-Sunday)
  • Jan. 10-13, 2018 (Wednesday-Saturday)
  • Jan. 10-13, 2019 (Thursday-Sunday)
  • Jan. 9-12, 2020 (Thursday-Sunday)
  • Jan. 7-10, 2021 (Thursday-Sunday)
  • Jan. 6-9, 2022 (Thursday-Sunday)

For More Information

Consumer Electronics Show Official Website

What to Expect at CES

Top Stories From CES

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