For a limited time, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is offering free passes to attend the 2013 International Electronics Show, CES.
The large technology show continues to post record attendance numbers, but faces an altered landscape. Technology juggernaut Microsoft will not have any on-floor or keynote presence at the show, for the first time this year. The company cited a need to move away from tradeshows for announcements, similar to Apple’s move one year prior when it withdrew from Macworld Expo.
CES 2013 will take place January 8 through 11 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show is only open to industry affiliates, though CEA has perpetually broadened that definition. Recently, as predicted, the CEA has opened up a program where consumers can become members of a CEA proxy organization, which potentially could open the door to consumers being welcomed to the show. However, officially opening the door to the general public is only likely if CEA has difficulty in continuing its record-attendance rates year over year.