#CES2021 will be online only! The @CTATech statement reads: "Amid the #pandemic and growing global #health concerns about the spread of #COVID19, it's just not possible to safely convene tens of thousands of people in #LasVegas in early Jan '21" #CES #tech pic.twitter.com/t3HacTWmXH— #Science, #Tech, and #Space (@worldofscitech) July 28, 2020
There is not enough safety for tens of thousands of people to meet and do business in Las Vegas in early January 2021,' said CTA CEO, Gary Shapiro in a statement, 'in the midst of the pandemic and growing global health concerns related to COVID 19's propagation. "Technology helps us all work, learn and connect during the pandemic-and this innovation will also help us to rethink CES 2021 and to meaningfully bring the technological community together."
"With a raging virus of COVID 19 and no real hope that by January a widely available and tested vaccine can be brought together safely over 100,000 people," he said. "The world does not need more cases of COVID-19, and we have decided to do our part by ensuring that we don't help spread the disease."
CES is one of the world's biggest technology shows, attracting over 170.000 visitors every year. The 2021 version, which took place January 6-9, still offers keynotes, product showcases and network possibilities, although in Las Vegas on the internet versus personally.
Additional tech giants, such as Microsoft , Apple, Facebook and others, have this year cancelled individual events and also shifted the online experience.
Shapiro gave more details on the decision in a LinkedI post.