About CES

The Global Stage for Innovation

CES is the world's gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years — the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. As the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the industry.

CES, formerly The International Consumer Electronics Show (International CES®), showcases more than 3,900 exhibiting companies, including manufacturers, developers and suppliers of consumer technology hardware, content, technology delivery systems and more; a conference program with more than 300 conference sessions and more than 170K attendees from 150 countries.

And because it is owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ — the technology trade association representing the $292 billion U.S. consumer technology industry — it attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers to a forum where the industry’s most relevant issues are addressed.

Find out more about the thought leaders who come to CES by checking out the CES 2018 Audit Summary (PDF).

Las Vegas Convention Center
Official Show Locations

CES Tech East: Las Vegas Convention and World Trade Center (LVCC), Westgate Las Vegas (Westgate), Renaissance Las Vegas (Renaissance)
Where innovations in audio, drones, gaming, augmented and virtual reality, vehicle technology, video, wireless devices, wireless services, digital imaging/photography or anything “i” come to market. It’s also home to many international exhibitors.

CES Tech West: Sands Expo/The Venetian (Sands/Venetian), The Palazzo, Wynn Las Vegas and Encore at Wynn (Wynn/Encore)
Features the innovative power behind the industry’s emerging technology, including revolutions in fitness and health, the Internet of Things, wearables, smart home, sensors and other high-growth technologies changing the world. It’s also home to Eureka Park, the startup community at CES.

CES Tech South: ARIA, Park MGM and Vdara
The CES epicenter for the advertising, content, marketing and entertainment communities, hosting a variety of C Space activities, including conference sessions, networking events, exhibits and hospitality suites.

Product Categories and Marketplaces

CES features products — and the companies that create them — from consumer technology markets, including the following:


  • Gaming
  • Marketing & Advertising
  • Music
  • Virtual Reality


  • Self-Driving Cars
  • Vehicle Technology


  • Accessibility
  • Digital Health
  • Fitness & Wearables
  • Sleep Technology


  • Family & Lifestyle
  • Home Entertainment
  • Smart Home


  • Smart Cities
  • Smart Energy


  • 3D Printing
  • Design, Sourcing & Packaging


  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Drones
  • Robotics


  • eSports & eLeagues
  • Sport Technology


  • Investors
  • Startups

World-Changing Innovations Announced at CES

The first CES took place in New York City in June 1967. Since then, thousands of products have been announced at the yearly show, including many that have transformed our lives.

See a timeline of technology milestones. (PDF)

  • Videocassette Recorder (VCR), 1970

  • Laserdisc Player, 1974

  • Camcorder and Compact Disc Player, 1981

  • Digital Audio Technology, 1990

  • Compact Disc - Interactive, 1991

  • Digital Satellite System (DSS), 1994

  • Digital Versatile Disk (DVD), 1996

  • High Definition Television (HDTV), 1998

  • Hard-disc VCR (PVR), 1999

  • Satellite Radio, 2000

  • Microsoft Xbox and Plasma TV, 2001

  • Home Media Server, 2002

  • Blu-Ray DVD and HDTV PVR, 2003

  • HD Radio, 2004

  • IP TV, 2005

  • Convergence of content and technology, 2007

  • OLED TV, 2008

  • 3D HDTV, 2009

  • Tablets, Netbooks and Android Devices, 2010

  • Connected TV, Smart Appliances, Android Honeycomb, Ford’s Electric Focus, Motorola Atrix, Microsoft Avatar Kinect, 2011

  • Ultrabooks, 3D OLED, Android 4.0 Tablets, 2012

  • Ultra HDTV, Flexible OLED, Driverless Car Technology, 2013

  • 3D Printers, Sensor Technology, Curved UHD, Wearable Technologies, 2014

  • 4K UHD, Virtual Reality, Unmanned Systems, 2015

Future Show Dates

Show surveys over the years have shown that the majority of people prefer a weekday pattern for CES. We do our best to schedule accordingly, but in some future years, the show pattern shifts to include the weekend to fit within the Las Vegas event schedule. Future dates include

  • Jan. 7-10, 2020 (Tuesday-Friday)

  • Jan. 6-9, 2021 (Wednesday-Saturday)

  • Jan. 5-8, 2022 (Wednesday-Saturday)

Contact Us

Consumer Technology Association (CTA)
866-233-7968 (U.S.)
+1 703-907-7605 (Outside U.S.)

About the World Trade Center Las Vegas

The World Trade Center Las Vegas (WTCLV), one of the busiest facilities in the world, is a 3.2 million-square-foot convention center located within a short distance of the famous Las Vegas Strip. 

The WTCLV engages in trade activities, provides trade and exhibition services, and provides reciprocal services to other members of the World Trade Centers Association network.

Learn more.

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