Organized chaos: here’s what it takes to build CES

building-ces The Verge:

For those who’ve never helped run a booth at a trade show, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that the temporary city — an endless sea of lights, sounds, and humans pressing past one another in search of the next great gadget — takes weeks to assemble before the first attendee even hits the floor.

The Verge has an all too brief picture story about the set up and construction of CES at the Las Vegas Hilton. It’s an amazing logistical effort to put on the largest consumer electronics show in the world.



  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=667055279 Drew Russell

    I would be curious to see how security (ie preventing the electronics from being stolen) is handled.

    • http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/ Shawn King

      If it’s similar to other shows, there is security all over the place. And most of these booths have their own staff keeping an eye on things. That being said, stuff still gets stolen on a regular basis.

      One year, a bad guy walked up to the back of the Javitts Center at the end of Macworld Expo, got into a semi and drove it away with several hundred thousands of dollars of computers inside. :)

  • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/his-divine-shadow His Shadow

    It’s an amazing logistical effort to put on the largest consumer electronics show in the world.

    A story infinitely more interesting than most of the products that will be shown at CES.

    • http://twitter.com/Moeskido Moeskido

      Seriously. I’d much rather read that story.

  • iPadCary

    Noboby cares about most of that garbage which A] Will, most likely, NEVER see a Best Buy shelf; and B] Somehow/someway rips off Apple.

    CES STINKS.

    • http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/ Shawn King

      “CES STINKS.”

      Thanks for COMPLETELY missing the point of the story and posting, not to add anything trenchant, but just to get that drivel off your chest. Much appreciated.