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Registration for CES 2018 is Open

We’re a week late posting on the CES Registration opening this year, but we wanted to make sure that our community knew that it was now open. For those not familiar with CES, it’s the largest consumer electronic tradeshow in the world. I believe they cap attendance at 170,000 people and it takes up the entire Las Vegas Convention Center, Sands Convention Center, Aria Convention Center, and even uses much of the Manadalay Bay convention center as well. Yes, it basically owns the Las Vegas strip the week of CES.

The pricing this year seems to be the same as past years. However, they’re pushing a number of new conference passes that they don’t talk about the price and deadlines for the Exhibits Plus pass that most people purchase. Not to mention CES trying to push CTIA membership.

As best I can tell, it looks like regular CES registration is going to cost $100 again. Then, on December 19th that’s going to go up to $300 per registration. More or less the same as last year as CES tries to keep out those people who are just browsing and not really there for work. Of course, media are still able to come to CES for free. However, it seems they have set a pretty high bar for what they consider “media”. That means your daddy blog probably won’t qualify even if you write about daddy tech. Unless you’re a really great daddy blogger, but I digress.

As always, if you’re in Las Vegas there will be dozens of opportunities to attend other events that happen during CES but don’t require you have a CES badge. Most of those won’t come out until November or December. We’ll do our best to inform you of some of those options as we get closer.

September 12, 2017 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 electronic medical record and health IT blogs. He also founded the Pure TV Network of blogs. John recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. As part of the Las Vegas Tech startup community, John helped organize the highly successful inaugural Startup Weekend Las Vegas. He's also been a strong supporter of the Vegas Tech community including co-founding the VegasStartups.com blog. John is highly involved in social media, and can be found on Twitter: @techguy and Google Plus.

Great Vegas Tech Events During CES 2017

One of the great advantages of living in Las Vegas is that everyone you could ever want to meet for your business comes to Las Vegas sooner or later. Ok, maybe not everyone, but pretty close. One example of this is the 170,000 people that attend CES each year in Las Vegas. That’s the perfect opportunity for startup companies to meet with people who are in town for the event.

This year is no different and even if you’re not attending the CES conference itself, there are a whole group of events you can attend. Many are hosted by Vegas Tech companies and community organizations. Here’s a look at a few of them you might want to check out:

GO-NV Highway for Innovation – Tuesday Jan 3, 2017 from 2-6 PM at the RedFlint Experience Center

Tech Debut (Formerly Startup Debut) – Tuesday Jan 3, 2017 from 8-11 PM at Mandalay Bay (Press Only, but Tech Companies Can Sponsor if there are still slots available)

Startup Night in Downtown Vegas (Tech.co) – Wednesday Jan 4, 2017 at Gold Spike

CES Smart Cities Happy Hour – Thursday Jan 5, 2017 from 6-10 PM at UNLV Drones and Autonomous Systems Lab

Startup Grind with Robert Scoble and Shel Israel – Saturday Jan 7, 2017 at 6 PM at Private Residence (Henderson)

I’m sure there are plenty more, but those are some of the big ones I know about. We’ll see you all out at various CES events!

January 1, 2017 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 electronic medical record and health IT blogs. He also founded the Pure TV Network of blogs. John recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. As part of the Las Vegas Tech startup community, John helped organize the highly successful inaugural Startup Weekend Las Vegas. He's also been a strong supporter of the Vegas Tech community including co-founding the VegasStartups.com blog. John is highly involved in social media, and can be found on Twitter: @techguy and Google Plus.

CES 2017 Registration Opens – $100 Registration Fee

As most regular readers know, I’ve been a big fan of CES for a long time. In fact, that hasn’t changed. CES is still an extraordinary show and has gotten better for me each of the 11 years I’ve lived in Las Vegas. CES is just one of hundreds of great conferences that come to Las Vegas. It’s an extraordinary benefit to startup companies in Las Vegas. Registration for CES 2017 is now open if you want to get registered.

While in the past I’ve always posted when CES opens its free registration, that changed last year when CES decided to start charging attendees $100 to attend the event. Past attendees were given a code to register for free, but the days of free CES registration were ending.

For CES 2017, it seems that even CES alumni will be charged $100 to attend the conference if they register by December 20th. If you register for CES 2017 after December 20th, then it will cost you $300 to attend. Of course, members of the media can still register for CES 2017 for free.

At the end of the day, $100 is not a big deal and if it is a big deal to you then you probably shouldn’t attend CES. For most attendees, it’s more of an annoyance than it will be a barrier for them to attend. Considering how packed CES has become, it makes sense that CES uses this minor charge to limit attendance by those that were just partially connected to the industry (it is a closed industry event that’s only open to members of the industry after all).

For those that don’t like the $100 charge, I’m pretty sure CES doesn’t care. CES 2016’s audited attendance stats was 177,393 people (53,808 international) attending the conference. The Twitter hashtag alone had over 16.1 billion impressions just during the show. Yeah, the show could charge way more than $100 and would still not dent attendance. So, I guess we should be glad that they’re only charging $100. We’ll watch how that evolves over time.

As we usually suggest to Las Vegas startup companies, you’re likely to get $100 value out of attending CES. If you’re not sure you can get that value, then don’t go. There are plenty of events that happen during CES or connections you can make with people who come to CES that doesn’t require a registration. No doubt people in your network that you’d like to meet are going to be at CES 2017. Reach out to them and schedule a time to meet. You can still benefit from 178,000 people coming to Las Vegas.

September 7, 2016 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 electronic medical record and health IT blogs. He also founded the Pure TV Network of blogs. John recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. As part of the Las Vegas Tech startup community, John helped organize the highly successful inaugural Startup Weekend Las Vegas. He's also been a strong supporter of the Vegas Tech community including co-founding the VegasStartups.com blog. John is highly involved in social media, and can be found on Twitter: @techguy and Google Plus.

Faraday Future Concept Reveal at CES 2016 in Las Vegas

There have been a number of really big things happening in the Las Vegas tech community lately. It’s hard to keep up with all of them and our day job, but we’ll do what we can to catch up on a few of them. In this post we’ll look at the decision by Faraday Future to build a manufacturing facility in North Las Vegas.

This first phase includes a billion dollar investment in the area and should create about 4500 jobs. This should be a nice boon for Nevada and North Las Vegas. More importantly, it’s a great start to building out the APEX Industrial Park in North Las Vegas.

The stealth Faraday Future company is an electric car company, but we really don’t know much more than that. There’s a lot of speculation about what types of cars they’re going to make. Everything from autonomous vehicles to race cars to tesla like cars has been mentioned. They’ve been deliberately vague about what’s happening.

We may get more of an idea of what Faraday Future has been working on on January 4, 2016 at 8 PM PST where Faraday Future will do a concept reveal at CES. You can watch the live Faraday Future concept reveal online. Here’s a short teaser video for their announcement:

The video doesn’t really give much info, but that goes with the territory. It’s exciting to have a car company investing in Las Vegas and announcing their latest concepts in Las Vegas as well. Let’s hope they can deliver something special and unique at CES.

January 2, 2016 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 electronic medical record and health IT blogs. He also founded the Pure TV Network of blogs. John recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. As part of the Las Vegas Tech startup community, John helped organize the highly successful inaugural Startup Weekend Las Vegas. He's also been a strong supporter of the Vegas Tech community including co-founding the VegasStartups.com blog. John is highly involved in social media, and can be found on Twitter: @techguy and Google Plus.

Special TechDebut Discount for Las Vegas Tech Companies During CES

I’ve talked many times before about how lucky we are to have CES in Las Vegas every year. Whether you’re attending the official International CES show or not, there’s still a huge opportunity as a startup company in Las Vegas to get exposure during CES and to meet a lot of amazing people.

For those who haven’t been to CES before, it can be a bit overwhelming. We’ll be coming out with a full list of activities you can attend during CES in the future. Until then, I wanted to point out a great discount that Michael Terpin is offering Las Vegas companies that are interested in meeting with media during CES at his event called TechDebut (Formerly known as StartupDebut).

TechDebut during CES
I’ve been to TechDebut every year for a lot of years and Michael and his team always put on a good event. Although, this time they’re making it even easier for CES press to attend the event. Instead of having to shuttle the press over to TechDebut, they’re now holding TechDebut in the suites at Four Seasons. That’s a short walk from Mandalay Bay where a lot of press take part in the official press opening to CES.

For tech companies, they have a tabletop option and a standalone suite option (where you can stay the night as well) where you can feature your company. Like he’s done before, Michael’s offering a discount to Las Vegas tech companies. For all the details, just reach out to them on their contact page and mention that you’re a local Las Vegas tech company.

If you’re not a Las Vegas based company, you can still participate in TechDebut. It’s a great way to get access to a wide variety of CES press. Plus, you get a night in a suite at the Four Seasons hotel which you can use during CES.

CES Party List Party
Another mainstay during CES for the Las Vegas tech community is the CES Party List Party that Michael hosts at his home together with Startup Grind Las Vegas. Be sure to check out the CES Party List for all the various CES parties and come to the event for it on January 9, 2016 from 6-9 PM (although, the party never stops at 9). This marks the return of Startup Grind Las Vegas where you’ll get to meet Joel Comm, author, speaker, Twitter guru and inventor of the “iFart” app.

I look forward to seeing many of you at the various CES events. If you have other events people in the Las Vegas startup community should know about, let us know in the comments.

December 14, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 electronic medical record and health IT blogs. He also founded the Pure TV Network of blogs. John recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. As part of the Las Vegas Tech startup community, John helped organize the highly successful inaugural Startup Weekend Las Vegas. He's also been a strong supporter of the Vegas Tech community including co-founding the VegasStartups.com blog. John is highly involved in social media, and can be found on Twitter: @techguy and Google Plus.

Uber Now Picks Up at Las Vegas Airport

We’ve been following Uber in Vegas since it first started, then got shutdown and then was restarted. While Uber has been available in Las Vegas since September, there was still the little caveat that it couldn’t pickup at McCarren airport. In fact, it wasn’t suppose to drop off either, but they were doing it anyway.

The Las Vegas Sun recently reported that Uber can now pickup and drop off at the Las Vegas airport (McCarran Airport). This is great news for the 176,000 or so of our closest tech friends that are coming for CES can now order an Uber from the airport.

It’s been interesting seeing Uber battle the various rules and regulations in Las Vegas. Seems like they’ve won everything they need to operate quite effectively in Las Vegas now. I’ll be interested to see how their relationships with the casinos will evolve over time. Will they start having an Uber and Lyft specific waiting area?

We still don’t have that monorail stop at the airport, but at least we now have Uber and Lyft available for those who come to Las Vegas. That’s a good change.

December 9, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 electronic medical record and health IT blogs. He also founded the Pure TV Network of blogs. John recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. As part of the Las Vegas Tech startup community, John helped organize the highly successful inaugural Startup Weekend Las Vegas. He's also been a strong supporter of the Vegas Tech community including co-founding the VegasStartups.com blog. John is highly involved in social media, and can be found on Twitter: @techguy and Google Plus.

CES 2016 Registration Opens – CES Is No Longer Free (Unless You’ve Attended the Last 2 Years)

UPDATE: Check out this post for CES 2017 registration details.

One of the great advantages of being a startup company in Las Vegas is that most of the major conferences eventually come through Vegas. Or as in the case of CES, they’ve made Las Vegas their permanent home. Each year I’ve posted when CES has opened their free registration. You have to be a member of the industry, but if you read this blog, there’s a 99% chance that you’re part of the industry.

Unfortunately, this year CES just opened up their CES 2016 registration, but it’s no longer free to register. It’s now $100 to register unless you’ve attended the past two CES, are a member of the media, or a member of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) that registers before September 30th. Here’s the full details on the new CES registration pricing:

  • CTA is implementing a $100 advanced fee for all registrants beginning July 8 when registration launches.
  • CTA is providing our loyal alumni who attended the 2014 or 2015 CES with a 30-day window of complimentary registration before the $100 fee goes into effect for this audience.
  • Registration for qualified media will remain free of charge.
  • Registration fees will increase to $300 beginning December 21 through the 2016 CES. This move is to encourage more registrants to sign up prior to December 21 to allow CTA ample time to verify credentials for those who register after that date.

CES also announced that they’ll be capping the registrations this year at 176,000 (comparable to last year’s attendance) to ensure a quality experience for those that attend. I think these are all good moves by CES. A few less crowded halls is a good thing.

As a Las Vegas startup company, $100 to attend CES is not a big change. If you can’t get $100 of value out of attending CES, then you should stay far away. Plus, there are a lot of events that happen during CES which don’t require a CES registration. So, even if you don’t attend, you can still benefit from 176,000 people visiting Las Vegas.

July 8, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 electronic medical record and health IT blogs. He also founded the Pure TV Network of blogs. John recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. As part of the Las Vegas Tech startup community, John helped organize the highly successful inaugural Startup Weekend Las Vegas. He's also been a strong supporter of the Vegas Tech community including co-founding the VegasStartups.com blog. John is highly involved in social media, and can be found on Twitter: @techguy and Google Plus.

A Vegas Tech CES 2015 Preview

One of the best benefits of living in Las Vegas is that we’re the conference capital of the world. If you have a niche that interests you, a conference for that niche sooner or later comes through Las Vegas. However, a few conferences call Las Vegas home permanently. The International CES event is one event that I can’t ever imagine leaving Las Vegas. Mostly because no where else is large enough to hold it. That’s a nice quiver in the cap of the Vegas Tech community.

If you haven’t registered for the event, it’s now $200 on-site registration. Next year, if you register before August, then it’s free for those in the industry (that’s everyone in Vegas Tech). However, even if you don’t want to drop the 200 bones on late registration there are a lot of local events with CES attendees that you can attend. Here’s a look at a few of them that are open to Vegas Tech community members.

Startup Debut – This media showcase is organized every year at CES and SXSW by Vegas’ own Michael Terpin and will be on January 4, 2015 from 7-10 PM. It includes dozens of startups and hundreds of top media. If you’re a startup company that wants to exhibit at the event, you better go and apply now. Michael usually gives Vegas Tech startup companies a 50% discount to be in the Vegas startups pavilion. If you’re press, you can sign up to attend the event as well. Michael and his team always do a good job at this event and have a variety of really interesting companies on display. Plus, it’s a much nicer environment to connect with them than the CES show floor which is insane.

Startup Night Downtown Vegas – This event is organized by Vegas’ own TechCocktail together with CES and Eureka Park (CES’ startup area). The event is happening on January 5th from 6-9 PM at the Gold Spike downtown. This should be a great event that brings together many in the Vegas Tech startup community together with startups from around the world. There are shuttle buses from the Venetian to downtown for those who need them. The event is free, but you must RSVP.

Tech Stars Mobility and Robotics Accelerator Info Sessions – If you have an interest in the TechStars accelerator programs, they are holding two meetups at Work in Progress: The Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator Info Session and The Techstars Mobility Accelerator driven by Detroit Info Session. Look like good sessions to learn more about the programs and network with other people interested in those programs.

CES PartyList and Wrap Party and Startup Grind Las Vegas – This event is also done by Michael Terpin and does a nice job book ending the CES event on Friday January 9th from 5-10 PM. It’s a combined CES Party List and Startup Grind Las Vegas event. It’s always a nice way to end the week at CES and talk with others about what you saw during the week. The event is free, but you need to RSVP.

I’m sure there are other events happening. If you know of others that the Vegas Tech community should know about, please let us know in the comments and we’ll update the list.

January 2, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 electronic medical record and health IT blogs. He also founded the Pure TV Network of blogs. John recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. As part of the Las Vegas Tech startup community, John helped organize the highly successful inaugural Startup Weekend Las Vegas. He's also been a strong supporter of the Vegas Tech community including co-founding the VegasStartups.com blog. John is highly involved in social media, and can be found on Twitter: @techguy and Google Plus.

Free Registration for CES 2015

Each year we try to remind those from Vegas Startup companies about the free registration period for the International CES event in Las Vegas. CES just released the CES 2015 registration page for those who want to register. The free CES registration is only available to those in the consumer electronics industry, but considering the vastness that is CES that includes almost everyone in the Vegas Startup community.

For those not familiar with CES, it brings together some of the top technology people from around the world. It always happens at the start of January each year and this year it’s happening Jan 6-9, 2015. The event takes up all of the Las Vegas Convention Center, The LVH (formerly Las Vegas Hilton), The Sands Convention Center, the Venetian, and this year they’ve added ARIA as the new home for the branding and creative communities. Yes, the event is enormous.

The local #vegastech community usually has a number of events as well that we’ll point out as we get closer to CES. For now, just enjoy the friendly reminder to get your Free CES registration through August 31.

July 8, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 electronic medical record and health IT blogs. He also founded the Pure TV Network of blogs. John recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. As part of the Las Vegas Tech startup community, John helped organize the highly successful inaugural Startup Weekend Las Vegas. He's also been a strong supporter of the Vegas Tech community including co-founding the VegasStartups.com blog. John is highly involved in social media, and can be found on Twitter: @techguy and Google Plus.

Guest Post: Las Vegas Indoor Agriculture Opportunity

The following is a guest post by Nicola Kerslake updating us on indoor agriculture in Nevada. If this interests you, check out the conference happening in Las Vegas on May 14-15th. It’s some pretty cool technology as Nicola describes below.

A little over a year ago, a venture capitalist mentor told me to “go figure out who else is interested in this indoor agriculture stuff”, and so, I began planning the inaugural Indoor Agriculture Conference, which would eventually sell out with more than 230 attendees in April 2013.  Indoor agriculture is growing produce and raising fish in containers, warehouses and greenhouses using hydroponic, aquaponic and aeroponic technologies.  It’s a $600bn+ industry in the US alone; it ranges from growing leafy greens in London underground tunnels to the greenhouse operations that produce around half of the tomatoes we buy in grocery stores.  As we plan this year’s ag-con – on May 14-15 at Springs Preserve – we’re getting calls and emails from as far afield as the UK, Israel and Australia, a reflection of the remarkable growth in interest in the industry over the past year.

Part of this change is just because of time; the projects which were pipedreams a few years’ back are now viable businesses.  For instance, open source hardware firm WindowFarms – its hydroponic kits let you grow food in a window box – raised more than five times its $50,000 target on Kickstarter back in December 2011, and now ships kits all over the world and has more than 42,000 participants in its WindowFarms community.

After a long dry winter, the severity of the drought in the western US has concentrated minds; the California Farm Water Coalition expects 10% of California’s fields to lay fallow this summer.  As we illustrated in a recent infographic, more than a third of the US is in drought and 70% of water is used in agriculture.  Traditional farmers are starting to conserve water and diversify their crops by adding indoor growing to their farms, given that it uses only 10-15% of the water of traditional farming.  Las Vegas sod farmers, Valley Sod Farms, have been experimenting with greenhouse produce, for example.

Indoor ag technology is coming on by leaps and bounds; LED lights cost 25% less than they did 2 years ago, while the Internet of Things revolution is enabling cheaper, simpler control and data gathering systems.  For example, container farm company, Freight Farms, allows farmers to control air temperature, humidity and nutrient levels in container farms from their SmartPhones.

Both venture capitalists and private investors are now taking the industry seriously.  One beneficiary is Indoor Ag-Con keynote BrightFarms, which raised $4.3mn to expand its hydroponic greenhouse network in January; they offer grocery store chains secure produce supply in exchange for a decade-long contract, unusual for the food supply industry.

Las Vegas’s urban agriculture scene is right on trend, with new farms springing up and local community advocates becoming more numerous and more organized.  They’re working on everything from a food hub to a seed library, and the Downtown Rangers are rumored to have ambitious urban agriculture plans of their own.  On the sidelines of last year’s conference, I chatted with Las Vegas local Brett Runion who was in the process of planning an aquaponics (raising fish and growing veggies symbiotically) farm with his family.  That venture – R Fish and Veggies – is now up and running, growing produce such as kale and micogreens and supplying to the likes of Whole Foods Market.

As with any nascent industry, there’s plenty of room for growth; one enthusiast likens indoor ag’s current state to “the solar industry in 2009”, the point at which the industry began tech-driven exponential growth.   We invite you to join us in that growth at our Ag-Con on May 14 and 15.

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Nicola is the founder of Newbean Capital, which manages investment operations for two venture capital mandates and also has significant interests in agriculture, especially indoor agriculture.  The firm will co-host the 2nd Annual Indoor Agriculture Conference on May 14-15 alongside the Black Emerald Group, a Bay Area merchant banking group.

March 24, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 electronic medical record and health IT blogs. He also founded the Pure TV Network of blogs. John recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. As part of the Las Vegas Tech startup community, John helped organize the highly successful inaugural Startup Weekend Las Vegas. He's also been a strong supporter of the Vegas Tech community including co-founding the VegasStartups.com blog. John is highly involved in social media, and can be found on Twitter: @techguy and Google Plus.

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