One of the largest tech fairs in the world, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), will not take place offline in Las Vegas in 2021. The organization announced this on Tuesday. The event will be a “fully digital experience”.
In early June it was announced that the fair would take place offline. The CES organization said it would make adjustments to allow the tech fair to continue without the corona virus spreading among visitors. The organization will now come back to that.
“With growing concerns worldwide about the spread of COVID-19, it is not possible to bring tens of thousands of people safely together in Las Vegas and conduct personal business in early January 2021,” the organization writes. “With a fully digital CES 2021, the entire technical community can safely share ideas and introduce the products that will shape our future.”
The organization plans to resume the event in Las Vegas in 2022.
Trade shows worldwide canceled or only online
CES went ahead at the beginning of this year, before the outbreak of COVID-19. Other fairs and tech meetings were canceled. For example, the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona fell through and events such as Apple’s developer conference WWDC can only be followed online.
Tech fair IFA will take place in September with a number of restrictions in Berlin. The fair is a lot smaller than usual and only people with an invitation are welcome. There is also no open exhibition floor, press conferences are largely digital and new products are presented in small groups.