What kind of trade show attracts engineers, computer manufacturers, computer rental and retail firms, ISPs, content providers and wireless service providers? One of the biggest technology trade shows in North America: CTIA Wireless.
The CTIA website describes the show as the place where: “…broadband communications come to life. Over 1,000 exhibiting companies and tens of thousands of attendees from over 125 countries will converge to do business, discuss innovation and exchange ideas.”
At the show, attendees and exhibitors can “learn more about the emerging technologies that enable us to work toward the common goal of taking wireless and broadband communications to yet another level.”
CTIA Trade Show – Showcasing Global Technology
Why does the CTIA show appeal to everyone from software designers to computer rental firms to ISPs? Because it is a major event on the technology trade show calendar. It helps technology professionals keep up to speed on the latest innovations in the wireless world.
It will be held this year at the Las Vegas Convention Center from April 1st to April 3rd. It is billed as the most important global technology event of the year. It attracts more than 1,000 exhibiting companies, and over 40,000 professionals from 125 countries.
Keynote sessions for this year’s event include presentations with industry leaders discussing the latest in wireless topics. Speakers for these sessions include : Mike Lazaridis, President and Co–CEO of Research in Motion; Ivan Seidenberg, Chairman and CEO of Verizon Communications; Robert Bach, President of Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices Division; Benjamin Wolff, CEO of Clearwire Corporation; and Eric J. Topol, Chief Academic Officer of Scripps Health.
In an appearance sure to create a lot of buzz, there will be a special keynote address by Al Gore.
Exhibitors – A Who’s Who of Technology Companies
While there are far too many exhibitors to list here, the CTIA show attracts the heavy hitters in the technology field. Here is just a small list of exhibitors for the 2009 show:
- 3M Optical Systems
- LG Electronics
- Research in Motion
Other Reasons to Attend the CTIA Trade Show
There are many other events occurring in association with the CTIA show. These include the CTIA Wireless Gala with comedian Billy Crystal, the CTIA Emerging Technology Awards, CTIA Golf Championship, and the NXT Stage Mobile Entertainment Festival, which will feature:
“…the next generation in platform–specific and cross–platform productions from around the world. Showcasing episodic, serial and standalone short form programming across a number of genres to include : Animation, Comedy, Experimental, Reality, Documentary, Variety Show, Drama, Performances and Music. NXT STAGE seeks to break the mold of traditional film festivals by reinventing entertainment to meet the new challenges faced by content producers creating for the mobile platform.”
All told, the CTIA trade show looks to be an exciting event, and a “can’t miss” for anyone working with technology.
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