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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.

Uber Starts Service in Las Vegas

Update: ABC News is reporting that a court has ordered Uber to stop offering rides. No doubt this is the start of a long fight between Uber and the Taxi Authority.

Update 2: Uber is back in Vegas. Sign up for a free Uber ride.

Back in April 2012, we were asked by Uber to post a few Uber Las Vegas job positions for them. It’s taken about 2.5 years for Uber to finally make the plunge and announce their Uber Las Vegas service which starts today. I believe this is great news for Las Vegas even if the Taxi Authority feels otherwise.

I think this quote from an RJ article describes well the demand for Uber in Las Vegas:

Justin Kintz, Uber’s head of public policy, said in the past 45 days, 50,000 people have opened the Uber app on their smartphones in Southern Nevada, an indication, he said, that the market is prime for the company that refers to itself as a technology company and not a transportation operation.

If I understand this correctly, in 45 days the Uber app was opened by 50,000 people who then had to find a different mode of transportation. That’s pretty amazing, but not really surprising. Uber is in over 200 cities and many of those users are coming to Las Vegas for conferences and want to have a similar Uber experience to what they have at home. No wonder the Taxi companies are so worried.

One thing is a little unfortunate. As part of the Uber Las Vegas roll out, Uber drivers will not be able to pick up customers on the Las Vegas strip hotels or at McCarran International Airport but will be able to drop off passengers at those locations. Uber is still trying to work out the logistics of pickup at these locations. I’ll be interested to see how this evolves.

I’m also interested to see Uber users react to surge pricing during major conferences like CES. Can you imagine how much you’ll have to pay for an Uber during CES which is chock full of Uber users? Although, we’ll see how much Uber can do during an event like CES. I’m pretty sure CES isn’t going to create a special Uber pickup and drop off line and traffic during CES is insane.

I’m excited to have Uber in Las Vegas. I know many in the Las Vegas tech startup community and those visiting us will love having the service available. Plus, Uber says that their rates are generally 10 percent to 20 percent below taxi rates.

If you’ve never tried Uber (in Las Vegas or another city), you can sign up and get your first ride free(up to $30).

October 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.

Switch and InNEVation

For those of you in Las Vegas Tech that aren’t familiar with Switch, you should know about them and what they have available. Luckily there are a number of Swtich employees that are regularly attending the Las Vegas Jelly events so you can meet them there. Of course, you could also hit up @MissyByte on Twitter and I bet if you make a professional request, she’ll give you a tour of the SuperNap to see some of the really cool things they’re doing with data center, clouds and colocation in Las Vegas. Just wait until after CES since I’m sure Switch is swamped with all the tech people in Las Vegas for CES. Once you get a tour, you’ll see that big internet companies like Google, eBay and HP have presences in Las Vegas in Switch’s data centers.

For those of you less interested in Data Centers (I use to be a data center guy in my past life), you should check out a page on Switch’s website called INNEVATION.com – The “New Nevada” Nexus. At first glance the page probably looks a bit obtuse, but I can tell you there’s been quite a bit of thinking going on behind that page.

Switch isn’t quite ready to give out all the details of INNEVATION and all their plans and aspirations to help out the Vegas Tech movement, but I think they have the potential to do some really good things for Nevada. We’ll have to see all the details once they make their official announcements.

Yes, Switch has been generally kind of quiet in the past. They haven’t been the biggest Las Vegas tech cheerleaders in the past for a number of reasons (some of them likely contractual). However, this recent story in the Economist about Switch and diversifying the Nevada economy might be one indication that Switch is ready to help wave the Las Vegas entrepreneurship and Las Vegas Tech flag. I think Switch will be one of many strong VegasTech and entrepreneurship voices that are emerging. So, keep an eye on what they’re doing.

January 7, 2012 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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