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Top tech brands back out from Las Vegas CES meeting amid Omicron surge


By   Sumit Horo

Date: Dec 24, 2021

The 2022 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) scheduled to be held in Las Vegas will reportedly observe the absence of big conglomerates like Amazon, Twitter and Facebook. The firms have announced their decision of not sending teams for participation amidst growing concerns regarding the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

As per credible sources, some other organizations along with Google, and a self-drive entity Waymo, have given a green signal to be an attendee at the event.

For the uninitiated, the conference will commence from January 5th and will last for four days, following all the necessary health protocols. The participants need to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and carry the proof of vaccination along.

Furthermore, the attendees will also be required to wear a mask and get tested before departing for Las Vegas, followed by another test within 24 hours of the event and on-site Covid testing.

According to reports, the event will also have a digital version alongside the physical one, providing access to keynote speeches, conference sessions, and networking.

As one of the busiest weeks of the technology calendar, CES provides a platform to organizations for showcasing advanced gadgets and talking about trends. Previously, before the pandemic, the event has attracted nearly 180,000 visitors.

Back in 2020, the event solely took place via a virtual format as the Consumer Technology Association, which runs the event, declared it unsafe to assemble thousands of participants.

Gary Shapiro, event organizer, stated that he is looking forward to a real-life gathering for this year’s event with the best hygiene measures and social distancing norms.

Gary added that there is desperate need for human contact and hopefully by observing the other social gatherings, teams will organize a unique experience for the participants.

Another big technological conference, Web Summit, held in Lisbon, went ahead as planned, while observing a limited attendance.

Source credit: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-59756383


Sumit Horo

Armed with a graduate degree in Visual Communication, Sumit started his career as social media marketing intern along with some freelancing jobs, and then finally decided to take writing seriously. He currently writes articles for littlesaigoncollective.com. When not writing, he can be found sketching or shopping for books.

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