CES 2021 will take place virtually due to the pandemic


More than 170 thousand people attended the CES version last January, before the impact of the disease that emerged in China and affects the whole world

He Consumer Electronic Show (CES), the largest technology conference in the world, will be held virtually in January due to the coronavirus pandemic, a change from what was announced in May when a small meeting was expected in the US city of Las Vegas.

The digital version of CES will begin on January 6 of next year and will last four days. The announcement made this Tuesday is another blow to Las Vegas, which, like many other American cities, is suffering in its economy because the pandemic prevents the arrival of visitors. More than 170,000 people attended the CES version in January, before the impact of the disease.

The southern and western states of the U.S are being affected. In Nevada, over the past two weeks, the number of daily new coronavirus cases has increased by 27 percent. The state is the sixth in the nation with new cases per capita.

The pandemic has prevented the realization of technology conferences in various parts of the world. The largest electronic fair in Europe, the IFA held in Germany, usually lasts six days and last year attracted nearly 250,000 people. This year it will last half, there will be no public access and it will be held in September.

The Web Summit, a conference of Internet companies that takes place in Portugal, this year will be held virtually. The organizers hope to be able to hold a face-to-face meeting in Lisbon in December, but they will make a final decision in October.

CES brings thousands of people together in Las Vegas.

The Consumer Technology Association, which sponsors CES, indicated in May that it planned to hold some meetings in Las Vegas next year, but plans changed as coronavirus cases increased worldwide, making it impossible to conduct a Activity in a closed space in January 2021, said CTA CEO Gary Shapiro.

There is also uncertainty as to whether employees of technology companies will be able to travel by plane. GoogleFor example, he declared this week that his employees will work from home until at least July 2021.

The Barcelona mobile congress was canceled in February due to the pandemic.

The Barcelona mobile congress was canceled in February due to the pandemic.

The background of E3 and MWC

The Electronic Entertainment Expo 2020 (E3 2020), the world’s largest video game fair, was canceled due to the coronavirus epidemic. As every year, E3 2020 was scheduled to take place between June 9 and 11 in Los Angeles.

The coronavirus epidemic had already caused other video game modify your calendar. This is the case of the GDC 2020 developer conference, which was postponed until the boreal summer. It is the first time that E3 has been canceled since its first edition in 1995.

E3 thus joined the Mobile World Congress, the wireless telecommunications summit in late February in the Catalan city of Barcelona, ​​and the annual Google I / O meeting in California.

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