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Old December 27th, 2005, 10:25 AM   #1
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CES Passes?

Any way for DVInfo.net members to get passes to the CES in Vegas? As it happens I will be there and would love to report on the newest goodies for y'all.
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Old December 27th, 2005, 07:17 PM   #2
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Go to this website to get justification for a pass purchase:

http://myces-justify.bdmetrics.com/
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Old December 28th, 2005, 11:10 AM   #3
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I don't understand. How is this "report" going to prove an industry affiliation to get admitted to the show?
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Old December 28th, 2005, 12:04 PM   #4
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From the FAQ:

What are the requirements for attending International CES?

International CES is not open to the general public. You must be in the consumer electronics industry to be eligible to attend the show. Our attendees are made up of more than 100,000 individuals including manufacturers, retailers, content providers and creators, broadband developers, installers, engineers, corporate buyers, government leaders, financial analysts and the media—representing the United States, Canada, Mexico and more than 110 other countries. All attendees must be at least 16 years of age. Two forms of identification are required onsite ( one photo ID and one proof of business affiliation/business card).

http://www.cesweb.org/faqs/general.asp#1429

This sounds to me like you are a "content creator". When I attended in 2003, it was as a videographer for a state agency. I don't recall there being any hassle at all in registering, apart from the fact that they require on-site pickup of your badge holder. Just make sure you have a professional business card (I wouldn't suggest "Psychomania Productions" or some such - this makes you look like a student), maybe backed up with a website? I think if you can reasonably present yourself as a freelance videographer, that's plenty to get you into the show. You can also be an A/V consultant, if that's what it takes. CES encompasses so many diverse industries, from computers to home/car audio to home video to cell phones to toys to, well, if it plugs into a wall or takes batteries - you'll find it at CES.

I really wasn't impressed with CES, as it looked a lot like NAB in '98 or '99. It was so darn big that it was really a challenge to hone in on the types of products you wanted to see. A vendor hawking photo bags would be next to a vendor of flashy lights for cell phones, which was next to someone selling printer cartridges. It's vitally important to get the exhibitors map, and make a game plan of the folks you want to visit - otherwise, you'll spend days wandering around in a fog. An amazingly cool fog, but a fog nonetheless.

edit: Sorry, Peter - I neglected to read your profile before posting. You're not a kid. I would recommend a tasteful, glossy printed business card with "Peter Moore Productions" or some such, then if you have time a url that links to a page where you offer some video-type service. It could even be video depositions, if you feel comfortable with that. CES is not incredibly strict, just pick a story and stick to it.
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Old December 28th, 2005, 12:12 PM   #5
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You also need to register online before 12/30 to get a free pass:

http://registration.expoexchange.com/ShowCES061/
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Old December 28th, 2005, 01:54 PM   #6
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Well, I actually do do an awful lot of high tech / video work for my cases. Video presentations, etc. I'm the only guy at the firm who can do it (and can do it better than the services out there :)). Thanks for the advice; I'll figure something out.
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