2012 International CES Sets Show Record at 1.86 Million Net Square Feet of Exhibit Space
Keynotes from Ericsson, Ford, Verizon, Xerox, eBay, YouTube, Facebook Are Mid-Week Highlights of 2012 International CES
CEA‘s Shapiro Discusses Policy with FCC Chairman Genachowski and the Global Retail Climate with Best Buy‘s Brian Dunn
Las Vegas, Nevada, January 12, 2012 ““ The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) ® announced today that the 2012 International CES ® is the largest in the show’s 44 year history, with 1.861 million net square feet of exhibit space. The previous record was 1.857 million net square feet of space at the 2008 International CES. Owned and produced by CEA, the 2012 International CES, the world’s largest tradeshow for consumer technology, runs through Friday, January 13 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In other show news, a keynote address by Ericsson’s Hans Vestberg, the Innovation Power Panel with leaders from Ford, Verizon and Xerox, a Brand keynote from executives from
AT&T, Walmart, Facebook and GE, an LIT keynote from eBay’s John Donohue and a keynote from YouTube’s Robert Kyncl were mid-week highlights of the 2012 International CES ®.
The Innovation Power Panel on Wednesday morning featured Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally, Xerox Chairman and CEO Ursula Burns and Verizon Enterprise Solutions President John Stratton. The panelists discussed how innovation must be a strategy for their respective companies and for the United States. The conversation centered on how to stimulate innovation through investment and employment.
In his 2012 CES keynote, Hans Vestberg, President and CEO of Ericsson, discussed “The Networked Society” connecting everyone and everything through mobility. “We have a responsibility to build networks that can carry innovation,” said Vestberg. Ericsson predicts there will be 50 billion connected devices worldwide by 2020.
The CES Brand keynote panel featured the marketing minds of the world’s top brands. The retail and branding effects of social media, healthcare-related technologies, connectivity and the explosion of wireless were all discussed during the session. The panelists agreed that people are becoming more connected to their devices, and because of this, to each other. “Our core belief is that the entire web is being rebuilt around people,” said Facebook’s Vice President of Global Marketing Solutions Carolyn Everson.
In an afternoon SuperSession with CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski stressed the importance of broadband, particularly wireless, in the future of consumer electronics. “The demand for spectrum has grown because people love these products,” said Genachowski, stressing the need for Congress to pass incentive spectrum auction legislation. “We need to get it done now.”
After touring the show floor, Genachowski noted the “endless rows of innovative new products,” addressing fitness, education and healthcare, among other purposes. The session also covered net neutrality, antitrust issues and Genachowski’s broadband-driven agenda at