If you’re attending CES for the first time remember to follow these rules as they’re only here so you can make the most out of the CES 2013.
1) Create a MyCES before you leave for CES 2013: Create a MyCES account to start planning and organising your CES experience. You can keep track of exhibitors as well as organise sessions and appointments with your own calendar.
Take it on-site: Use the Official CES Mobile App to sync your MyCES account for on-site use. Not only will you have access to all of your preshow planning efforts, but also receive important show alerts, late-breaking CES news and real-time interactive floor maps.
2) Wear comfortable shoes. Show lasts 4 looooooooooooong days and believe me there’s a lot of walking and standing involved.
3) Plan your meetings based on location. You don’t want to set up a meeting with one company who’s in North Hall for 8:00, then schedule your next one for 8:45 all the way on the other side in South Hall, or offsite at a hotel. While everything in Vegas appears to be just a few minutes walk away, it’s deceiving. It’ll take you longer to get to each destination than you realise, especially when braving both the crowds of walking people and of cars. Not to mention cab, shuttle bus, and even tram lines that’ll easily add significantly to commute times. So leave enough time, and plot your meetings to minimise run around.
4) Bring your own snacks. This is a must, unless you want to be running for whatever you can get at 2 p.m. to avoid long lines, or making constant visits to any vending machine you can find and yeah forget about lunch!
5) Bring water to keep hydrated. Although it’s January Vegas heat can hit you during the day.
6) SLEEP! You’re probably thinking I’m having a laugh here… IN VEGAS? Guess what? I’m not. Try to at least get a couple of hours of a good sleep as it is important to wake up in the morning with a clear head, and energised for another full day of work.
7) Bring a comfortable bag instead of an over-the-shoulder one. While you might arrive at the show with a notepad, camera, and a few papers in your bag, you’ll leave with a flood of CDs, product brochures, magazines, USB flash drives, and product samples that will weigh you down quickly.