CES 2021 goes online-only due to COVID-19

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) today announced CES 2021 – January 6-9, 2021 – will be an online-only experience connecting exhibitors, customers, thought leaders and media from around the world. The new format will allow participants to hear from technology innovators, see cutting-edge technologies and the latest product launches, and engage with global brands and startups from around the world.

CES 2021“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, in a statement. “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.”

CES 2021 will be a new immersive experience, where attendees will have a front row seat to discover and see the latest technology. This highly personalized experience will bring a global event to the comfort and safety of your home or office.

CTA’s goal for CES 2021 is to provide an engaging platform for companies large and small to launch products, build brands and form partnerships, while prioritizing health and safety. Members of the tech community thrive by coming together, sharing ideas and introducing products that will shape our future.

Mark your calendars for the first week in January and be on the lookout for more exciting news about CES 2021. CTA plans to return to Las Vegas for CES 2022, combining the best elements of a physical and digital show.

MacDailyNews Take:


  1. This “…CES 2021 will be a new immersive experience, where attendees will have a front row seat…This highly personalized experience” is clearly putting lipstick on a pig with the hope that it would turn into a beauty.

    Art galleries in LA at least are resorting to doing similar virtual exhibits on their web sites but it’s generating a much lower level of excitement that entering into the physical art gallery where it hands out wine and snacks, meeting and chatting artists and collectors and then walking to the gal next door. I tried and failed to excite myself. But it’s the best that can be for now.

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