The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is the largest show of its kind in the world. Typically, you'd see close to 200,000 attendees crowding the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center and the meeting spaces of numerous casinos and offsite exhibition halls. But as everyone knows, 2020 is no typical year and the challenges presented by Coronavirus have made an in person show impossible to coordinate. Therefore, the decision was made to turn it into an all-digital event.

According to the CTA (Consumer Technology Association) that runs CES, the all-digital experience will aim to make the connections that drive the show. New products will still be unveiled, promising technologies exhibited, speeches given, etc.

"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,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CTA. “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. By shifting to an all-digital platform for 2021, we can deliver a unique experience that helps our exhibitors connect with existing and new audiences."

CTA says it plans to return CES to Las Vegas in 2022, with a show that combines physical and digital elements.