CES 2018: Wide Array of Conference Tracks for M&E Industry

CES 2018 features 2.5 million net square feet of exhibit space that sprawls through the Las Vegas Convention Center, Sands Hotel and Casino, Aria Resort, Venetian, Monte Carlo, Renaissance, Westgate Resort, The Palazzo, Vdara and two Wynn properties. If your feet and brain rebel after walking the floor for hours, CES offers a great alternative: over 200 sessions on the industry’s most pressing issues and new technologies, featuring top creatives and executives. The 200 sessions are divided into topic-specific tracks.

The CES Deluxe pass offers access to five days of programming, all held at Tech East in the Las Vegas Convention Center, and broken down into the following topics:

  • AI and Robotics’ Impact on Tomorrow
  • Artificial Intelligence: Insights to our Future
  • Connect 2Car
  • Connections Summit: IoT and the Connected Consumer
  • Connectivity and Mobility
  • Digital Health Summit
  • Digital Hollywood
  • The Digital Money Forum
  • Disruptive Innovations in Healthcare
  • High Tech Retailing Summit
  • Scalable IoT Platforms and M2M Connectivity
  • Smart Home
  • Trending Tech
  • Vehicle Technology
  • Wearable Tech Summit


Other conference tracks, also in Tech East and Tech South dig deeper into specific topics as follows:

  • AR/VR/MR: Digital Reality Delivers ROI
  • BabyTech Summit
  • C Space Storytellers
  • Design & Source
  • Design Driven Innovation
  • Entertainment Summit
  • FitnessTech Summit
  • Industry Insights
  • Innovation Policy
  • Kids@Play and FamilyTech Summit
  • Marketing Reinvented
  • Navigating the Global Marketplace
  • Research Summit
  • Revolutionizing Consumer Electronics with Voice
  • Smart Cities: Thriving in the Future
  • Sports Business Innovation
  • Sports Technology Innovation
  • Startup Stage
  • Transforming the Future of Public Safety Communications
  • Where Music and Technology Collide
  • World Market and China Innovation

CES has also scheduled what it calls Super Sessions — sessions with high profile speakers on high-profile topics. The first two take place on January 9 and the second two on January 10. First up is CTA president/chief executive Gary Shapiro in conversation with FCC chair Ajit Pai and acting FTC chair Maureen Ohlhausen.

Later that day, United Talent Agency head of digital media Brent Weinstein will moderate a conversation with Ben Shapiro, editor-in-chief/host of the Daily Wire and “The Ben Shapiro Show,” on the future of news.

The next day is a conversation on The Invisible Doctor, with a group of medical researchers, experts and doctors talking about the future of health, moderated by CNET editor-at-large Brian Cooley and CNET vice president/editor-in-chief Lindsey Turrentine. Another Super Session on Self-Driving Cars will feature Michigan governor Rick Snyder and Baidu president Ya-Qin Zhang.

The final Super Session, moderated by Time Inc. chief content officer Alan Murray, will feature executives from IBM, Business France and the “startup envoy” from the Netherlands on the Top Trends Shaping Global Innovation.

Finally the keynotes, which take place at the Venetian’s Palazzo Ballroom and the Monte Carlo Park Theater, offer up insights from the likes of Intel chief executive officer Brian Krzanich, Discovery Communications president/chief executive David Zaslav and A+E Networks president/chief executive Nancy Dubuc, among others.

Don’t drive yourself crazy. Just accept you won’t be able to attend all the sessions you want to, but you’ll get a lot out of the ones you do. And don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes.


For more information on CES 2018 (#CES2018), visit the event’s official website or its Facebook page. Our audience should be particularly interested in C Space at CES, which examines “disruptive trends and how they are going to change the future of brand marketing and entertainment.” For those interested in attending CES January 9-12, CTA is offering the ETCentric community free Exhibits Plus passes. Use the discount code ETC2018 when registering (offer expires 12/22).

And be sure to check back with us in the new year; the ETCentric team will have the latest in new products and trends with live reporting from Las Vegas.

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