The big tech companies Amazon, Meta Platforms (parent company of Facebook), Twitter and Pinterest will not be attending the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2022 in Las Vegas due to concerns about the new strain of coronavirus.
CES, an annual showcase of new devices and trends in the tech industry, has attracted more than 180,000 people from around the world in the past.
US wireless operator and conference sponsor T-Mobile also said the vast majority of its contingent will not be attending the event and the CEO will not be giving the keynote speech.
“With this decision, we prioritize the safety of our team and other members,” the source quoted T-Mobile as saying. At the same time, the company expressed confidence that the organizers of the CES exhibition have taken comprehensive protection measures.
The Consumer Technology Association, which is hosting CES, confirmed yesterday that the show will run from January 5-8. Precautions will include vaccination requirements, wearing masks, and the availability of COVID-19 tests.
At the same time, major companies such as Qualcomm, Sony Electronics, Google and Waymo confirmed that they plan to attend the event, showcase new products or organize meetings.
General Motors is set to unveil the Silverado electric pickup, and its CEO will personally discuss the company’s strategy at a conference scheduled for January 5.
Some companies, such as Nvidia, will limit themselves to a virtual presence, including a video calling management report.