CES set for an in-person event in 2021

CES 2020 barely made it in under the wire, before COVID-19 gripped the world. The following month, Barcelona’s MWC was ultimately shut down, as the pandemic began to move across Europe. That was the first of many dominoes to fall, as events were either taken online or canceled altogether.

Seems CES won’t miss a beat, however. The CTA (CES’s governing body) announced today that it plans to go forward with the Las Vegas event in January 2021. Unlike Berlin’s IFA, which is purposely scaling back attendance, CES does not appear to have planned anything like an attendance cap in the works. Though organizers note that they will continue to expand online events tied to the show, as it seems many would rather not risk the in-person event. 

The CTA also detailed the standard array of safeguards for show-goers. Those are as follows,

  • Regularly clean and sanitize spaces across the show venues and provide sanitization stations throughout;

  • Better enable social distancing, including widening aisles in many exhibit areas and providing more space between seats in conference programs and other areas where attendees congregate;

  • Issue best practices for attendees, such as wearing masks and avoiding shaking hands, and for exhibitors on product demonstrations;

  • Limit touch points throughout the facilities including through cashless systems for purchases and transactions;

  • Evaluate solutions for contactless thermal scans at key venue entry points;

  • Provide enhanced on-site access to health service and medical aid.

Organizers say they’re “working closely” with the Las Vegas community on other best practices. Vegas mayor Carolyn Goodman has been particular vocal in her opposition to COVID-related shutdowns. She referred to safety measures as “total insanity” in mid-April and offered to make her city a “control group” by opening casinos and other businesses up to domestic and international travelers.

Many event planners, on the other hand, continue to be cautious as fears of additional COVID-19 waves spread across the globe. Given how notorious these conventions are when it comes to the spread of colds and flus in non-pandemic years, it seems safe to assume that many regular attendees will opt to sit this one out. Notably, the CTA is using the “plan” here. It’s hard enough to imagine what the world is going to look like tomorrow, let alone seven months from now. 

CES set for an in-person event in 2021

CES 2020 barely made it in under the wire, before COVID-19 gripped the world. The following month, Barcelona’s MWC was ultimately shut down, as the pandemic began to move across Europe. That was the first of many dominoes to fall, as events were either taken online or canceled altogether.

Seems CES won’t miss a beat, however. The CTA (CES’s governing body) announced today that it plans to go forward with the Las Vegas event in January 2021. Unlike Berlin’s IFA, which is purposely scaling back attendance, CES does not appear to have planned anything like an attendance cap in the works. Though organizers note that they will continue to expand online events tied to the show, as it seems many would rather not risk the in-person event. 

The CTA also detailed the standard array of safeguards for show-goers. Those are as follows,

  • Regularly clean and sanitize spaces across the show venues and provide sanitization stations throughout;

  • Better enable social distancing, including widening aisles in many exhibit areas and providing more space between seats in conference programs and other areas where attendees congregate;

  • Issue best practices for attendees, such as wearing masks and avoiding shaking hands, and for exhibitors on product demonstrations;

  • Limit touch points throughout the facilities including through cashless systems for purchases and transactions;

  • Evaluate solutions for contactless thermal scans at key venue entry points;

  • Provide enhanced on-site access to health service and medical aid.

Organizers say they’re “working closely” with the Las Vegas community on other best practices. Vegas mayor Carolyn Goodman has been particular vocal in her opposition to COVID-related shutdowns. She referred to safety measures as “total insanity” in mid-April and offered to make her city a “control group” by opening casinos and other businesses up to domestic and international travelers.

Many event planners, on the other hand, continue to be cautious as fears of additional COVID-19 waves spread across the globe. Given how notorious these conventions are when it comes to the spread of colds and flus in non-pandemic years, it seems safe to assume that many regular attendees will opt to sit this one out. Notably, the CTA is using the “plan” here. It’s hard enough to imagine what the world is going to look like tomorrow, let alone seven months from now. 

Apply today for Startup Battlefield Africa 2018

We’d be hard-pressed to find something we love to cover more than a rapidly evolving tech startup ecosystem. That’s one of the big reasons we’re so excited to be heading back to Africa — specifically Lagos, Nigeria — to host TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa 2018 on December 11. With more than 300 tech hubs across the continent connecting and mentoring entrepreneurs and innovators, it’s a prime time to be a startup in Africa — and the perfect time to launch your startup to the world. Apply right here, right now.

Last year, our first Startup Battlefield Africa took place in Nairobi, Kenya and featured 15 amazing startups, with one winner in three different categories. This year, we’re tweaking the format a bit, so here’s what you need to know.

Any type of tech startup may apply. Highly discerning TechCrunch editors will review the applications and choose the 15 startups they deem most likely to produce an exit or IPO. The founders of the competing teams will receive free pitch coaching from TechCrunch, and they’ll be ready to face a panel of judges (recruited by our editors), all experts in their categories.

Five startups will compete in one of three preliminary rounds where they will have six minutes to pitch and present their demo. The judges will then have six minutes to ask questions. The judges will select five of the 15 startups to pitch a second time, and from that elite group of five comes one overall winner of TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa 2018.

In addition to an intense amount of media and investor interest, the founders of the winning startup will receive US$25,000 in no-equity cash plus a trip for two to compete in Startup Battlefield in San Francisco at our flagship event, TechCrunch Disrupt 2019 (assuming the company still qualifies to compete at the time).

Are you as excited as we are? Do you want to launch your startup to the world? Ready to submit your application? Here’s what you need to know about eligibility. Startups should:

  • Be early-stage companies in “launch” stage
  • Be headquartered in one of our eligible countries*
  • Have a fully working product/beta, reasonably close to or in production
  • Have received limited press or publicity to date
  • Have no known intellectual property conflicts

TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa 2018 takes place in Lagos, Nigeria on December 11. Does your startup have what it takes to win it all? Your destiny awaits — apply today.

*Residents in the following countries may apply:

Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Central Africa Republic, Chad, Comoros, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the foregoing language, the “Applicable Countries” does not include any country to or on which the United States has embargoed goods or imposed targeted sanctions (including, but not limited to, Sudan).

Sign up today: 2-for-1 Innovator passes to Disrupt Berlin

TechCrunch is headed to Germany yet again to host Disrupt Berlin 2018 on November 29-30. We simply love this city’s startup scene, one of the most innovative and fastest-growing in Europe. If you’re a founder, investor, hacker or tech leader, you can’t afford to miss Disrupt Berlin. You also can’t afford to miss our limited-time offer on Innovator passes: two for €695. Sign up for our newsletter, and we’ll notify you when we release them into the wild.

What can you expect at Disrupt Berlin? We pack a lot of amazing programming into our two-day conference. For starters, there’s Startup Alley, the exhibition floor where, last year, more than 400 early-stage startups displayed an incredible array of tech products, services and talent. With more than 2,600 attendees passing through the Alley, you won’t find a better way to get your company in front of investors, potential partners, customers and the media. Who knows, attendees might even choose your startup as a WildCard company, which means you get to compete in the Startup Battlefield.

You know Startup Battlefield, right? That’s where you go head-to-head against 15-30 pre-Series A startups and compete for the coveted Disrupt Cup, bragging rights, massive media exposure, investor attention and, oh yeah, a $50,000 equity-free grand prize. Keep checking our site or — even better — sign up for our newsletter so you’ll know the minute we open applications to compete in Startup Battlefield at Disrupt Berlin.

We’re in the process of building out our roster of speakers and, as always, it promises to be an exciting array of European and international tech luminaries, VC experts, movers, makers and shakers determined to push the boundaries of technology. Want to recommend someone as a speaker or a judge? Check out our speaker nomination page.

What do you get with a Disrupt Berlin Innovator pass? We’re so glad you asked. You’ll have access to three distinct stages of content: The Main Stage, the Next Stage and the Q&A Stage. You’ll have full use of the Disrupt attendee list and be able to contact attendees via the Disrupt Mobile App. Plus, you can attend interactive workshops, explore Startup Alley and cut loose (or get down to fun networking) at our TC After Party. And, after the event, you’ll have access to our library of event video content.

Disrupt Berlin takes place on November 29-30, 2018 at the Arena Berlin. We’re releasing a very limited number of two-for-one Innovator passes for €695, but that special price won’t stick around for long. If you want to get the best deal, sign up for the newsletter and we’ll let you know when these passes become available. Come join us in Berlin!

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Culinary Events Biz Dinner Lab Buys Competitor Dishcrawl, Will Launch “Bar Crawls For Restaurants”

11855063213_9b544737dd_b Dinner Lab, a supper club and culinary events business that has expanded to 75,000 members across 31 states over the past three years, is today putting its recent infusion of new capital to use: the company is acquiring a competitor known as Dishcrawl, which had been operating a similar service, but one that was more like a “bar crawl for restaurants,” rather than longer,… Read More

Culinary Events Biz Dinner Lab Buys Competitor Dishcrawl, Will Launch “Bar Crawls For Restaurants”

11855063213_9b544737dd_b Dinner Lab, a supper club and culinary events business that has expanded to 75,000 members across 31 states over the past three years, is today putting its recent infusion of new capital to use: the company is acquiring a competitor known as Dishcrawl, which had been operating a similar service, but one that was more like a “bar crawl for restaurants,” rather than longer,… Read More