Giant tech event CES will shift online in 2021 due to pandemic concerns

Amazon Automotive exhibit at CES 2020 (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota)

CES is the latest primetime event to move online due to the global pandemic.

The Consumer Technology Association announced Tuesday that CES 2021 will be an all-digital experience for the first time ever. The decision reflects ongoing concerns with large gatherings during the coronavirus crisis.

“Amid the pandemic and growing global health concerns about the spread of COVID-19, it’s just not possible to safely convene tens of thousands of people in Las Vegas in early January 2021 to meet and do business in person,” CTA CEO Gary Shapiro said in a statement. “Technology helps us all work, learn and connect during the pandemic – and that innovation will also help us reimagine CES 2021 and bring together the tech community in a meaningful way.”

CES, one of the largest global tech shows annually, will still feature keynotes, product showcases, and networking opportunities, albeit on the internet versus in-person in Las Vegas.

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