About Us

Where Innovators Gather

CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Held in Las Vegas every year, it has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for more than 40 years—the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace.


The International Consumer Electronics Show (International CES) showcases more than 3,600 exhibiting companies, including manufacturers, developers and suppliers of consumer technology hardware, content, technology delivery systems and more; a conference program with more than 200 conference sessions and more than 150K attendees from 150 countries.

And because it is owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), the technology trade association representing the $285 billion U.S. consumer technology industry, it attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers to a forum where the industry’s most relevant issues are addressed. Find out more about the thought leaders who come to CES by checking out the 2015 CES Attendee Audit Summary.

Official Show Locations

CES Tech East: Las Vegas Convention and World Trade Center (LVCC), Westgate Las Vegas (Westgate), Renaissance Las Vegas (Renaissance)
CES Tech West: Sands Expo/The Venetian (Sands/Venetian), The Palazzo, Wynn Las Vegas and Encore at Wynn (Wynn/Encore)
CES Tech South: ARIA, Cosmopolitan and Vdara

Contact Us
Consumer Technology Association (CTA)
866-233-7968 (U.S.),
+1 703-907-7605 (Outside U.S.)

CES 2016 Exhibit Hours

  • Wednesday, January 6: 10 AM-6 PM

  • Thursday, January 7: 9 AM-6 PM

  • Friday, January 8: 9 AM-6 PM

  • Saturday, January 9: 9 AM-4 PM

The growth of CES has required us to adjust dates for 2016 to a Wednesday to Saturday schedule to ensure we had availability for our exhibit venues. 

Product Categories

CES features products—and the companies that create them—from consumer technology markets, including:

  • 3D Printing
  • Accessories
  • Audio
  • Automotive Electronics
  • Communications Infrastructure
  • Computer Hardware/Software/Services
  • Content Creation & Distribution
  • Digital Imaging/Photography
  • Electronic Gaming
  • Fitness and Sports
  • Health and Biotech
  • Internet Services
  • Online Media
  • Robotics
  • Sensors 
  • Smart Home
  • Startups
  • Video
  • Wearables 
  • Wireless Devices & Services

World-Changing Innovations Announced at CES

The first CES took place in New York City in June of 1967. Since then, thousands of products have been announced at the yearly show, including many that have transformed our lives.


  • Videocassette Recorder (VCR), 1970  

  • Laserdisc Player, 1974 

  • Camcorder, 1981 

  • Compact Disc Player, 1981 

  • Digital Audio Technology, 1990 

  • Compact Disc - Interactive, 1991 

  • Mini Disc, 1993 

  • Radio Data System, 1993 

  • Digital Satellite System, 1994 

  • Digital Versatile Disk (DVD), 1996   

  • High Definition Television (HDTV), 1998   Hard-disc VCR (PVR), 1999

  • Digital Audio Radio (DAR), 2000

  • Microsoft Xbox, 2001

  • Plasma TV, 2001

  • Home Media Server, 2002

  • HD Radio, 2003

  • Blu-Ray DVD, 2003

  • HDTV PVR, 2003

  • HD Radio, 2004

  • IP TV, 2005

  • An explosion of digital content services, 2006

  • New convergence of content and technology, 2007

  • OLED TV, 2008

  • 3D HDTV, 2009

  • Tablets, Netbooks and Android Devices, 2010

  • Connected TV, Smart Appliances, Android Honeycomb, Ford’s Electric Focus, Motorola Atrix, Microsoft Avatar Kinect, 2011

  • Ultrabooks, 3D OLED, Android 4.0 tablets, 2012

  • Ultra HDTV, Flexible OLED, Driverless Car Technology,  2013
  • 3D Printers, Sensor Technology, Curved UHD


Future Show Dates

Show surveys over the years have shown that the majority of people prefer a weekday pattern for the International CES. We do our best to schedule accordingly, but in some future years, the show pattern shifts to include the weekend to fit within the Las Vegas event schedule. Future dates include:

  • January 6-9, 2016 (Wednesday-Saturday)
  • January 5-8, 2017 (Thursday-Sunday)

  • January 9-12, 2018 (Tuesday- Friday)

  • January 8-11, 2019 (Tuesday- Friday)

  • January 7-10, 2020 (Tuesday- Friday)