May 18, 2015
18The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), who puts on the annual International CES in Las Vegas, has announced record attendance at their 2015 event. Due to the record numbers, they’re planning to cap registration to the 2016 CES by using enhanced credentialing procedures, to maintain a quality experience.
Since I’m a fan of quantitative data and statistics, here’s a look at some of the numbers from CES 2015. Frankly, they’re a bit mind-blowing.
Some Stats from CES 2015:
- 176,676 industry professionals in attendance
- 48,833 attendants coming from outside the United States
- 3,600 exhibitors
- more than 2.23 million net square feet of exhibit space.
- 6,952 media and analyst attendees
- 703,602 mentions of #CES2015 during the show
- 7.51 billion total potential Twitter impressions
- 153 countries represented
“We are thrilled to have produced such a phenomenal, record setting International CES,” said Gary Shapiro, CEA president and CEO. “Our event offers a one of a kind, ‘can’t miss’ experience that allows our global attendees to see how different technologies from a range of industries impact each other. The International CES remains the single best place to experience the products, services and trends that will be driving the global industry in the months and years to come.”
It looks like CEA has decided that 2015’s event had almost too many people, as they’re planning to cap the attendance at a measly 176,000 next year. There is such thing as too much of a good thing, and when we’re talking about people, too many can really drag down the quality of the experience.
If you’re looking to get into next year’s event, here’s a rundown of the stricter credentialing guidelines.
- New registrants or previous registrants who did not attend the 2014 or 2015 CES will be subject to new enhanced credentialing and tighter qualification criteria. This means that although individuals may have qualified for registration in previous years, they must resubmit credentials to qualify for the 2016 CES.
- To qualify, all registrants must provide a brief description of their industry affiliation along with links to their company website with an employee roster, a description of their business engagement at CES or a link to a current publication or article the registrant authored or in which they were quoted or cited as an industry professional. Alternately, registrants may also provide a business card, health insurance card or other proof of employment verification. In addition, in order to expedite affiliated registrants through the verification process, CES will ask registrants to include a business email address. Additional details can be found here.
- Those who attended one of the past two shows will be allowed to register without providing additional industry qualifications, given their loyalty to CES.
- CES remains a trade-only event and is not open to the general public.
TL;DR, if you’re just a basic schlub, you should work on your networking and affiliations over the next couple months in order to not be a basic schlub by the time registration opens for CES 2016, on July 8th.
According to Shapiro, “CES is the world’s leading annual innovation event and is setting records across every major category including international attendance. We must always innovate to ensure that CES remains the must-attend event for any professional connected to innovation. These new procedures will help us meet this goal.”
Over the years Tech Cocktail has done extensive coverage of CES. Go here to check out some of the incredible startups and announcements we reported on in 2015.
Image Credit: CES
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