CES 2021 Las Vegas event cancelled; goes digital-only

Next year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is going to be a bit different. CES 2021 will not take place in Las Vegas, as it would have normally every year, due to COVID-19 concerns.

CES 2021, which was slated for January 6-9, 2021, won’t be held in Las Vegas, the Consumer Technology Association announced. This adds CES to the list of major tech events cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic – including Apple’s WWDC and Google I/O.

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.

Gary Shapiro, CTA President

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) said it might announce dates and details for the virtual CES 2021 later. The “highly personalized experience” will include talks from tech innovators, news announcements and merchandise demos.

In the case where CTA decides to go ahead with CES 2021, the show might be much smaller than usual. Safety protocols, travel resctrions and other regulations will not permit international exhibitors to travel to Las Vegas and attend the exhibition.

Last year’s CES event attracted over 170,000 attendees with 4,400+ exhibiting companies. See my favourite products from CES 2020 here.

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