CES Las Vegas canceled, 2021 tech gathering to take place online

CES is testing the limits of a virtual conference

The Consumer Electronics Show, which attracted more than 170,000 attendees in January 2020, is going virtual for its 2021 conference, organizers announced on Tuesday.

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"With the growing global health concerns about the spread of COVID-19, it is not possible to safely convene tens of thousands of people in Las Vegas in early January 2021 to meet and do business in person," CES said in a statement.

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CES is organized by the Consumer Technology Association and has been running for more than 50 years.

Quibi CEO Meg Whitman speaks about the short-form video streaming service for mobile Quibi during a keynote address Jan. 8, 2020, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. (ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)

"CES 2021 will continue to be a platform to launch products, engage with global brands and define the future of the tech industry," the statement continued.

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CES 2020 keynote speakers included Ivanka TrumpMarc Benioff of Salesforce, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Delta CEO Ed Bastian.

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