CES 2020 kicks of in Las Vegas next week on the 7th January, running through to the 11th, expecting over 170,000 attendees.
Thought of mainly as a consumer event, the exhibition is often a sounding board for how the rest of the year, exemplified by the launch of the first foldable phone in the Royale Flexpai that superseded the announcement of the Galaxy Fold by Samsung and the Mate X from Huawei in Spring 2019, and is expecting 4,500 exhibitors to launch close to 20,000 new products.
CES 2020 will also feature seminars, roundtables and lectures from experts, CEOs and Ivanka Trump, talking through the main issues in the technology industry.
It will come as no surprise that 5G will most likey dominate the show this year. The UK may have all operators rolling out forms of the new connectivity however many countries including French operators are yet to roll out 5G. The US has also had an interesting build up to the launch so it will be interesting to see how speakers see the development globally and regionally.
- Samsung Keynote Address – Monday, Jan. 6 at 6:30 PM
Samsung Consumer Electronics Division President and CEO Hyun-Suk Kim
- IoT: Moving into an Anticipatory Tech World SuperSession – Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 3 PM
Co-founder, Loup Partners, Doug Clinton; Executive Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Cindy Cohn; Editor-at-Large, CNET, Brian Cooley; Co-Founder and CEO, Affectiva, Rana el Kaliouby; Sr. Director, product management, Smart Home Ecosystem, Google Nest, Michele Turner; SVP, Content Strategy, CBS Interactive Tech Sites, Lindsey Turrentine
- Predictions: How 5G Will Change Your Life SuperSession – Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 10:30 AM
President, Qualcomm Inc., Cristiano Amon
- What’s Next for the Fourth Industrial Revolution? SuperSession – Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 2 PM
CEO, Siemens USA, Barbara Humpton
Policy makers will be hard at work this year developing privacy and security laws that will keep us safe from hard and stop intrusive spying. Given Huawei's continued battles with the US government it'll be interesting the stance officials such as FCC Chairman Ajit Pai take and how companies like Facebook talk about the toughness of any incoming regulations.
- CTA State of the Industry Address – Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 8:30 AM
CTA President and CEO, Gary Shapiro and CES Executive Vice President, Karen Chupka
- Fireside Chat with FCC and FTC Chairmen SuperSession – Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 11:30 AM
FTC Chairman Joseph Simons, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and CTA’s Gary Shapiro
- Chief Privacy Officer Roundtable SuperSession – Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 1 PM
VP, Public Policy and Chief Privacy Officer, Policy, Facebook, Erin Egan; Senior Director of Global Privacy, Apple, Jane Horvath; Global Privacy Officer, The Procter & Gamble Company, Susan Shook; Commissioner Federal Trade Commission, Rebecca Slaughter; moderated by Partner and Head of Research, Wing Venture Capital, Rajeev Chand
- Security Considerations for a Connected Future - Thursday, Jan. 9 at 10:15 AM
CEO, Strategic Cyber Ventures, Hank Thomas; Director, Smart Columbus, The Columbus Partnership, Jordan Davis; Global Director, Cybersecurity, AB-InBev, Thomas Schmitt; VP, Advanced Technology Development Labs, Blackberry, Sarah Tatsis;
Workforce and Sustainability
CES may be a consumer event however there are some workplace discussions taking place. These mainly revolve around diversity and gender equality however the environment is bing discussed this year as well as how to use technologies on the fringe of the workplace.
- Good for Business, Good for the Planet: How Companies Drive Positive Impact, Presented by MediaLink – Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 4 PM
Salesforce Chairman and co-CEO Marc Benioff, Unilever CEO Alan Jope and MediaLink Chairman and CEO Michael E. Kassan
- The Path to the Future of Work – Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 2 PM
Advisor to the President, Ivanka Trump and CTA’s Gary Shapiro
Drones: More than just aerial footage - Thursday, Jan. 9 at 9 AM
Vice President, Technology Policy, Consumer Technology Association, Doug Johnson; Vice President, Government Affairs, Motion Picture Association, Alicia Leahy; Drone Pilot/Cinematographer, Skip Fredricks; Drone Pilot/Coordinating Producer, FOX News Channel Rebecca Kesten; Sr. Product Marketing Manager, DroneDeploy, Katie O'Leary
Other interesting discussions
- Daimler Keynote Address – Monday, Jan. 6 at 8:30 PM
Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Ola Källenius
- Enter The Quantum Decade – Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 3 PM
Director, IBM Research,Dario Gil; Senior Manager for Quantum Applications, Algorithms and Theory, IBM Research, Jeannette M. Garcia; Senior Manager for Battery Research and Technology, Mercedes-Benz Research & Development, Daimler AG, Andreas Hintennach; Vice President of Research and Development, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company, Vijay Swarup
- Bia in AI - Monday, Jan. 6 at 2:15 PM
Former Comissioner, MLC Strategies, LLC, Mignon Clyburn; Head of Inclusive Engagement, Uber, Bernard Coleman; President, helloalice.com, Elizabeth Gore; Pipeline Equity, CEO, Katica Roy
Fireside Chat: Wall Street Meets Crypto Alley - Tuesday, Jan 7 at 1PM
Managing Director, Infiom, Mariana Danilovic; Director, IBM Digital Asset Labs, IBM, NITIN GAUR; Director, Asset Management & Global Distribution, Galaxy Digital, Kat Sullivan
Stream wars and 5G to dominate consumer
On the consumer side, uSwitch head of commercial for broadband and mobiles, Ernest Doku said "from our perspective, CES will be all about a streaming future this year, and the products that power it.
"The cultural impact that Netflix and more recently Disney+ has had speaks volumes for how much consumers are prepared to relinquish ownership for convenience and sign up to services for everything from home security to groceries. Expect to see more providers offering convenience with the ultimate goal of chasing recurring revenues...slightly cynical, but a real reflection of the changing - and soon to be saturated - market.
"5G handsets beyond the premium tier will be a real push also, as the global rollout continues and consumers begin to both see the benefits and become eager to take their streaming services outdoors - and without interruption - there will be a swathe of devices from household names and fledgling brands alike.
"We might have seen the back of 3D but the 8K race will continue in earnest with the first genuine innovations in television technology in years. Bezel-free displays and hanging screens have been a mainstay, but with a number of these actually seeing a retail release in 2019, expect more of the same with higher fidelity and price tags to match..."