CES 2015 – What to expect, what to see, and where to party!
Fresh from the blur of the holidays, journalists, PRs and tech companies will be making their way to Vegas for the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show – held across several hotels between January 6-9.
We all know there’ll be a myriad of exciting projects and inventions to see on the show floor, however, particularly if it’s your first time, there is much more beyond this that is worth being prepared for.
First off, here’s our pick of the top five parties/events/showcases that should be on your list. Plus, there’s every chance one of us will be there too, which is always nice. 🙂
1. CES Unveiled
Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada | Sunday, January 4, 4-7 pm
It’s official, it’s BIG, and it’s the best way to kick off your CES experience. Over 1,200 press will be in attendance, and it describes itself as ‘the ideal occasion to build buzz and stand out in the days leading up to the show.’ Featuring a mix of start-ups and big names, this is not to be missed.
2. Startup Night Downtown Vegas presented by International CES
Gold Spike Casino | Monday, January 5, 6-9 pm
Not only an excuse to veer off the strip and see ‘classic’ Vegas, but also a chance to make acquaintances early on in a lively setting, and mingle with the minds behind some of the most exciting new startups on show this year. Free to attend, but be sure to RSVP!
3. Showstoppers @ CES
Wynn Hotel, Lafite Ballroom | Tuesday, January 6, 6-10 pm
A chance for hands-on demos with the top attractions, Showstoppers gives you the best of CES in one evening. Throwing in an open bar and some great food, expect to see the blogger, journalist and analyst elite engaging with the most innovative companies in the tech space.
4. Extreme Tech Challenge
Venetian, Level 1, Marco Polo 701 | Thursday, January 8, 2 – 3:30 pm
Less of a party, and more of a fun one for you Dragon’s Den/Apprentice fans. Watch 10 top innovators compete live on stage in front of a top-tier panel of tech industry experts. The winner receives a once in a lifetime prize: getting flown out to Richard Branson’s private island to pitch for investment from the man himself. Surely entertaining to watch, despite the lack of quizzical Nick Hewer looks.
5. CES Closing Party
Venetian, TAO | Tuesday, January 19, 10pm- 2am
Held at the 10,000 square ft nightclub, admission is free to all CES attendees, and worth getting to early for the open bar (which closes at 11:30), the official closing party is the most fitting way to send off an eventful week. Remember to bring your badges to get in, and spend your last night kicking back with friends old and new and congratulating yourself on a job well done.
So these are the main ones to enjoy!
Of course, if you hear of any private parties, or manage to beg, borrow or steal your way into some of the more exclusive events, be sure to take that opportunity up! (Or feel free to put one of our names down in your place, we honestly don’t mind).
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