CES Press Release

CTA Foundation Launches Contest for Startups Improving Lives of Seniors and People with Disabilities

Partners with Extreme Tech Challenge to include global startups

Arlington, VA – 09/14/2016 – 

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Foundation, partnering with Extreme Tech Challenge, today announced the second annual video contest focused on startup companies with technologies that improve lives. Five startup companies will be chosen to receive a complimentary booth at CES® 2017 in Eureka Park™, the show's flagship startup Marketplace, and a $2,500 prize. As part of the Extreme Tech Challenge, a program bringing together world class advisors and entrepreneurs, winners will also be entered for a chance to pitch special guest judge Sir Richard Branson on his private Necker Island. The contest deadline is September 30, 2016. Owned and produced by CTA, CES is the world's gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies and will run January 5-8, 2017, in Las Vegas, NV.

"Innovations in technology are enabling older adults and people with disabilities to live healthier and more independent lives," said Steve Ewell, executive director, CTA Foundation. "We are excited to recognize a few of the many life improving technologies that will be on display at CES 2017."

 “The CTA Foundation Video Contest helped us, a very young and underfunded startup, get on stage at CES and led us into international headlines,” said Alberto Rizzoli of Aipoly, CES 2016 video contest winner. “We had a documentary filmed about us during the experience and our technology is now helping tens of thousands of people around the world. CES marked our official launch, and as a result of our success there and what came after it, we were greeted by the President of Italy last week while in Rome.” 

To enter, startups will fill out and submit the entry form and include highlights about how their technology improves the lives of seniors or people with disabilities. The deadline for entry is September 30, 2016.  Full details about the CTA Foundation's video contest including links to the entry form can be found online

“Winning an award with the CTA foundation has changed everything for NuEyes,” said Mark Greget of NuEyes. “The media attention, the networking at CES, and the brand recognition of this award has opened doors that we didn’t know existed. We can’t thank CTA enough for helping get NuEyes noticed at the largest technology show in the world and providing a platform for launching our startup.”

For the second year in a row, CES will host the Accessibility Marketplace to highlight technology that facilitates connections, enhances learning as well as education of disabilities and capabilities, and improves the quality of life for many people living with disabilities. In addition to the video contest and Marketplace, CES continues to feature the Innovation Awards Accessible Tech category and conference panels focused on accessibility. 

For more information, visit CES.tech.

Note to Editors:  The official name of the global technology event is “CES®.”  Please do not use “Consumer Electronics Show” or “International CES” to refer to the event.

Press Contacts:

Steve Ewell
703-907-7660
sewell@ctafoundation.tech

Danielle Cassagnol
703-907-5253
dcassagnol@CTA.tech