The Consumer Electronics Show, or CES, is an annual technology convention held in Las Vegas where companies launch their latest products and innovations. For CES 2023, Mashable had reporters on the ground along with freelance photographer Mikayla Whitmore to document a long day of coverage, from press events and demonstrations to Uber rides and free lunches in between. Here’s what Mikayla’s day looked like, told to Molly Flores.
I got my ID badge back. No photos were taken because I was still sleeping in my head.
Walk to North Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center, one of the convention’s main exhibit spaces, and meet Mashable reporter Christianna Silva. The convention at LVCC doesn’t technically start until later in the day, so it was still an ongoing workspace.
The morning interview with MysteryVibe failed, so we stood at their empty booth to make a plan. I found an empty Starbucks cup that was cleverly balanced in duct tape so it wouldn’t spill on carpet or produce.
I rode in an Uber with Christianna. The convention is spread across various hotels and centers on the Vegas Strip, and our next stop was the Panasonic press conference held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, about six miles from the LVCC. We spent 20 minutes walking to find the Uber, but I was just glad to be out.
Mashable reporter Cecily Mauran arrived and gave Christianna a Las Vegas visor. We had planned to photograph the Samsung and Sony press events.
Free lunches were brought in around 11:45 a.m., with chaos. The line wrapped around the outer hallway. Thirty minutes passed, but the line remained just as long.
Matt Binder, another Mashable reporter, joined us for the box lunch. Christianna and I had the vegetarian sandwich option; Matt has tuna.
We headed to TCL’s “Inspire Greatness” press event.
New products unveiled by TCL: a pair of bulk AR glasses and the expansion of their NXTPAPER products.
2 p.m.-3 p.m.:
Documented the Samsung press event, which got a lot of buzz but wasn’t as exciting as expected. The company does announce the new Relumino mode, a new TV mode for the visually impaired.
Supposed to go to a flying car demo. The flying car demonstration was canceled due to weather.
I left the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, took an Uber to the Las Vegas Convention Center.
3:30 p.m.-4 p.m.:
Rush hour traffic. I talked about camera gear with my driver.
I queued for Sony.
4:50 p.m.-6 p.m.:
Inside the crowded Sony event, the audience stood side by side. I listened and photographed the event as much as possible, including taking pictures of the company’s new electric car with Honda, “Afeela”.
I walked through the LVCC all the way back to pick up my morning car. I headed to Caesar’s Palace to try and see Pepcom, an event that feels like a mini CES: a room full of tech on display and plenty of free food and drink. It’s mostly full of press.
I tried to get Pepcom accreditation but failed. Instead, Christianna, Cecily, and Matt walked in. After determining that it was pretty cool – there were robots and AI headbands – Christianna left and gave me her pass. They came back about an hour later.
I wandered around Pepcom to check out the free food and stalls.
I left Pepcom to go home, which was about a 20 minute walk. Exit signs, long hallways, and a fake daylight sky above my head led me into the night air of the parking lot.
A DAY AT CES IN FIGURES: *Twelve hours of exploration/photography. Walked 21,803 steps. Took 3 car trips between properties.