How to Find the Next Big Thing at CES 2020

How do you find stand-out tech among the more than 4,500 exhibitors at CES? Pitch competitions, award programs and our insider experts can help you spot the next big thing.

Add these events to your personal agenda so that you can make the most of your time.

Pitch Competitions

ShowStoppers LaunchIt Media Days Power Session

Monday, Jan. 6, 2:30-3:30 PM
Mandalay Bay, Level 3, Palm A

In this curated pitch competition, 10 Eureka Park startup companies will pitch their products for funding and a product review. 

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Pitch Competition: Robotics Hardware

Tuesday, Jan. 7, 11:30 AM-12:45 PM
Sands, Hall G, Startup Stage

Watch as some of the most promising companies in robotics compete for prizes as they pitch their startups to an expert judging panel.

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Pitch Competition: Sports & Entertainment

Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2-2:45 PM
Sands, Hall G, Startup Stage

Watch as some of the most promising companies building the future of sports compete for prizes as they pitch their startups.

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Pitch Competition: Student Startup Showdown

Wednesday, Jan. 8, 11:15-11:45 AM
Sands, Hall G, Startup Stage

Watch top student-led startups pitch their startups to industry leaders.

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CTA Foundation Pitch Competition

Thursday, Jan. 9, 1-2:30 PM
Sands, Hall G, Startup Stage

Sponsored by AARP Innovation Labs, the CTA Foundation Pitch Competition will feature innovative technologies that enable people of all ages stay active and performing at their best. Following questions from industry experts from AARP Innovation Labs, P&G Ventures and the CTA Foundation, the audience will select this year’s winner.

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Ignite the Night Pitch Competition, Presented by NASA iTech

Thursday, Jan. 9, 6-8:30 PM
Venetian, Level 4, Marcello 4406-450

NASA iTech is seeking new ideas and technologies that could benefit future space missions. Ten innovators will have the opportunity to “fast pitch” their technologies to an audience and panel of judges, including NASA chief technologists and investors.


Shark Tank Open Call

Friday, Jan. 10, 8 AM-11 AM
Venetian, Level 4, Delfino Ballroom

Shark Tank, the critically acclaimed, business-themed show, is searching for the best entrepreneurs with the best businesses and products that America has to offer. If you’ve got a great product or business, then Shark Tank is for you. 
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Award Programs

Mark of Excellence Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, Jan. 8, 6-8 PM
Venetian, Level 3, Lido 3103

Join us for an awards ceremony and reception celebrating the manufacturers, distributors and systems integrators behind the best in custom integration and installed technology for the home.

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Last Gadget Standing

Thursday, Jan. 9, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
LVCC, North Hall, N257

Finalists compete live on stage to determine the “most likely to succeed” product. Hosted by Emmy Award-winning tech-life columnist Jennifer Jolly, a New York Times "Wired Well" columnist and host of the digital lifestyle series TechNow for USA Today.

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Young Innovators to Watch Awards

Thursday, Jan. 9, 12-12:30 PM
LVCC, North Hall, N257

Meet the next big innovators in tech, all under the age of 20, in a ceremony honoring students’ outstanding inventions.

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Best of CES

Friday, Jan. 10, 5-6 PM
LVCC, Central Hall, CTA Stage

Engadget’s editors apply their extensive knowledge of the tech industry to scour the CES show floor, choosing winners in 16 categories running the gamut from TVs to sports technology. 
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Innovation Awards Showcase

All Venetian exhibit hours
Venetian, Venetian Ballroom

See products of the Innovation Award honorees, selected for outstanding design and engineering.

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Check back for more events added as they are announced.

Hear from Media and Futurists

Live Recordings of the CES Tech Talk Podcast

Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2:30-3 PM
Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2:30-3 PM
Thursday, Jan. 9, 1-1:30 PM
LVCC, Central Hall, CTA Stage

Join us for a live recording of the podcast CES Tech Talk and hear from journalists from top tech outlets about their topic exhibitor picks, show floor trends and more.

CES 2020 Tech Trends

Incorporating exclusive research and analysis, the report provides an overview of the hot products at CES, the trends impacting the tech market in the year ahead, and what this means for the future of business and executives. Be the first to understand how the newest tech developments will disrupt your industry.

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