Las Vegas CES: Tech giants withdraw

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The 2020 CES in person was the last.

Twitter, Facebook and Amazon have announced that they won’t send their teams to Las Vegas’ Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which is due to be held in January.

As concerns mount about Covid-19’s spread, it comes at the right time.

Google and Waymo are among the other companies that plan to be there, as well.

According to the organizers, the conference will be held from 5 January through 4 days with precautions for health.

These will include evidence of vaccination and mask-wearing.

All attendees must be fully immunized against Covid-19. Organisers recommend that you take a test at least 24 hours before entering any venue.

An online event will take place alongside an in-person event, and it will include access to the conference sessions as well as keynote speeches, networking, and other benefits.

CES, one of the most important weeks on technology calendars, is where companies show new gadgets or talk about trends. The event is held in convention centers and hotels around the city and attracted over 180,000 people previously.

The Consumer Technology Association, the organizer of the event said it wasn’t possible to gather tens or thousands of people last year.

Gary Shapiro from the organizer of the event told BBC in the moment that he wanted 2022 to see a revival of real-life events, but one with hygiene and social distancing at its core.

“There is an insatiable hunger for human contact. This may not mean handshakes and hugs right away. We’re sure there will be others before us to learn from the best. He said that we would be different.”

Web Summit, another large technology conference was held in Lisbon in November. But, there were fewer attendees.

Source: BBC.com

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