CES Press Release

Trade Show Executive 2012 Reader’s Choice Awards Give Top Honors to CEA and the International CES for Innovation and Green Initiatives

Arlington, VA – 09/18/2012 – The Consumer Electronics Association® (CEA) today announced that it was awarded “The Most Innovative Organization” by Trade Show Executive magazine. The magazine also granted the International CES recognition as “The Most Innovative Green Initiatives by Show Management” for strides in “greening” the 2012 International CES®, the world’s most important consumer technology event. Trade Show Executive magazine’s 10th Annual Reader’s Choice Innovation Awards salute those who are making waves for show managers, exhibitors, attendees and the exposition industry as a whole.
“We are honored to have CEA recognized for our innovation and green initiatives by Trade Show Executive magazine,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA, producer and owner of the International CES. “These awards recognize our efforts to reflect the innovative spirit and dynamism of the industry we represent as well as the creative thinking and strategic implementation that go into making CES the world’s most important – and greenest- technology event.”
Initiatives that lead to CEA being named most innovative organization in the tradeshow industry included its successful launch of the Eureka Park TechZone at the 2012 CES, featuring more than 100 entrepreneurs and start ups across a range of product categories, as well as CES’ new Entertainment Matters program designed for the content and entertainment community and conferences and exhibits focused on digital health and fitness community. CEA also has made innovative use of technology and apps to communicate important information and show news to its global attendees, including the award-winning CES Mobile App and CEA’s use of CESontheTube for show highlight videos.
CEA implemented several green programs at the 2012 CES that included producing 190,000 badge holders from recycled 2011 CES vinyl banners and collecting over 80,000 square feet of vinyl and magnetic banners and show signs to repurpose and give back to the local community The two 2012 CES on-site press rooms housed paperless exhibitor press kits, featuring exhibitor news via USBs, CDs or URLs, and the overall recycle rate at the 2012 CES is an industry leading 75 percent.   Additionally, CEA donated $50,000 to Green Chips for solar panel installation at the Las Vegas Rescue Mission and another $25,000 to Repurpose AMERICA for sun shades at the UNLV Rebel Recycling facility.
The International CES also offered a convenient location for entrepreneurs, exhibitors, press and investors to meet. As a result of attending CES and consolidating trips, attendees saved approximately 1.97 million miles of traveling and an estimated 624,612 business trips, according to an independent audit from VERIS Consulting.
Other details on CEA’s programs to green the 2012 International CES can be found at: www.CESweb.org/green, Information on CEA’s consumer electronics environmental sustainability and initiatives is available online.
The 2013 CES will feature 3,000 global technology companies unveiling the latest consumer technology products and services across 15 major product categories including the latest in audio, automotive electronics, connected home technologies, digital imaging/photography, electronic gaming, entertainment/content and more. For more information on the 2013 International CES, visit CESweb.org.
Note to Editors:  The official name of the global technology event is “International CES.”  Subsequent references to the show can be shortened to “CES.”  Please do not use “Consumer Electronics Show” to refer to the International CES.
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The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $206 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and produces the International CES – The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services. Find CEA online: www.CE.org and www.DeclareInnovation.com. Follow CES at www.CESweb.org and through social media:  Description: facebookicon  Description: twitter Description: blogrss.

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