Navigating CES 2010

UPDATE:   Unlike in past years, the CES Conference is NOT using the Sands Convention Center for the big floor exhibitors so unless you have specific vendors to visit at the Venetian or Sands you’ll probably want to focus your efforts on the Las Vegas Convention Center.   Bloggers and Press note that the Venetian facilities this year are limited to a small lounge,  so you should probably plan on using the LVCC Press Room and Blogger lounges more than the Venetian.

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Print out a map:

Adding to both the fun and the challenge of the massive CES show is that it is … really … big.   This is an excellent map from CES Web:   CES_Show_Map (pdf).    The many different maps they have at the show are – for me – kind of hard to work with unless I have a very specific vendor to find.    I’d recommend that first timers print out This map and review it before arriving.

Targeting plus aimless wandering = success!

With some 2500 exhibitors I’d recommend you concentrate on finding things that really interest you and dig in deeper at those exhibits, and then simply walk the show floors somewhat systematically to take it all in.

Use the Venetian to LVCC Shuttle wisely
Because of the wait times and 10 minutes of travel I’d avoid taking the shuttle back and forth from the Venetian to the Convention Center – rather pick different days to visit each, perhaps lining up the Venetian or Hilton venues with parties or other events you have there since the Convention Center pretty much closes down after about 5 or 6 pm though many people and some exhibitors will linger on.

UPDATE:   Unlike in past years, CES is NOT using the Sands Convention Center for the big floor exhibitors so unless you have specific vendors to visit at the Venetian you’ll probably want to focus your efforts on the Las Vegas Convention Center.   Bloggers and Press note that the Venetian facilities this year are limited to a small lounge,  so you should probably plan on using the LVCC Press Room and Blogger lounges more than the Venetian.

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