CES Asia 2019 concluded June 13, shining a spotlight on the transformative technologies that will revolutionize the Asian marketplace and improve lives around the world. With its largest exhibit floor to date – a more than 14% increase from 2018 – CES Asia 2019 cemented itself as Asia’s most influential tech event and the place to experience this rapid pace of innovation hitting the Asian market, event organizers noted.
“At CES Asia 2019 we saw a convergence of industries,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CTA. “From global tech leaders to fashion, travel and tourism visionaries, it’s clear that tech innovation for the Asian marketplace is accelerating at a lightning speed and spurring new partnerships and growth on a global scale.”
Now in its fifth year, CES Asia 2019 featured more than 550 exhibiting companies across the entire tech ecosystem, including 115 startups from seven countries. Japan, Korea and the U.S. more than doubled their exhibitor presence year-over-year at CES Asia 2019. There also was a strong representation of more than 24 Swiss companies at the show.
The CES Asia Conference Program featured three full days of sessions with more than 150 executives from global brands including APTIV, IBM China, Mobvoi, Deloitte, WeRide and SAP. Sessions covered a wide range of topics, including smart mobility, machine learning, digital health, blockchain and sustainability.
CES Asia Keynotes
Industry visionaries took to the CES Asia keynote stage to discuss the future of innovation and trends that will redefine the industry. Dr. Chang Huang, co-founder and VP of Horizon Robotics, unveiled Horizon Robotics’ advancements in edge computing and the company’s strategy for future AI applications. Dr. Huang introduced joint optimization and flexible features of the Horizon algorithm, chip and compiler.
During his keynote address on June 12, Nobu Ide, president and CEO of Wacom, unveiled the company’s vision for the future of digital ink. Ide showcased innovative solutions in Extended Reality (XR) to enable XR drawing in open and 3-D environments. He also highlighted the importance of partnerships to empower designers with creative freedom including several they had with Gravity Sketch, Magic Leap, Staedtler, BIC, Leapie and iFLYTEK.
Michelle Toh, multiplatform editor at CNN, moderated a keynote panel focused on Tech Innovation in Travel and Tourism. Wong Hong, president of Greater China and Singapore at Delta Air Lines, stressed the responsibility to envision future technology revolutions in order to keep up with customers’ growing needs. Helen Huang, president of Greater China at MSC Cruises, discussed how IoT and AI enable broad connectivity and personalization opportunities, allowing companies to optimize services and customer experiences.
CES Asia Conference Sessions
The Tech4Good panel on June 12 addressed the ability of technology to solve global challenges. The panel was presented by Citypreneurs, a UN-backed platform for impact-driven innovation, and explored sustainable ventures and frontier technologies aimed to achieve sustainability through partnerships at the city level.
The Power of Diversity, Innovation and Sustainability panel, presented by Ladies Who Tech, showcased China’s emerging role as an innovation hub. The panel featured experts and visionaries who explored the power that the convergence of diversity, innovation and sustainability, has to make the world a better place.
CES Asia Exhibitor Announcements
Exhibitors unveiled products and announced partnerships during 22 media events throughout the show (click here to view day one announcements). Major product announcements from exhibitor news conferences included:
HiScene – Introduced AR smart glasses HiAR G200
Ningbo Sogen Electronics Technology Co., Ltd. – Launched its latest BH03 bone conduction Bluetooth headphones with a wraparound titanium design to make them lighter and more comfortable to wear, giving consumers an extraordinary experience.
CES Asia Award Programs
CES Asia featured several awards programs honoring cutting-edge products and technologies. The Best of CES Asia Awards, presented by ZOL, recognized breakthrough innovation across product categories, including AI, vehicle tech and startups, with Hisense taking home the top prize with its 4K Laser Television 100L7. Click here to see the full list of winners.
CES Asia 2019 was strong across all measures with a preliminary analysis indicating more than 40,000 attendees, including more than 1,400 members of the global media. CES Asia is one of Asia’s fastest-growing tech events, bringing together the entire tech ecosystem to build brands, forge partnerships and celebrate the best in consumer tech in Asia.