CTA Association News


Support veterans, win dinner with CTA executives and CES VIP benefits

Consumer Technology Association SmartBrief | May 22, 2017

Bid now and support NVTC's Veterans Employment Initiative (VEI). Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, and Karen Chupka, SVP, CES & Corporate Business Strategy, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, will be auctioned off to support VEI, a program CTA has long supported, providing tools and resources to match Veterans with employment opportunities in Virginia's technology community. You can also bid on many other industry C-level executives like Steve Forbes and Vint Cerf during this special event. Bid in person or online and support this great cause.


Innovation Award honorees announced for CES Asia 2017

Consumer Technology Association SmartBrief | May 22, 2017

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ has announced the Innovation Award Honorees for CES Asia 2017. New this year, the CES Asia Innovation Awards program honors products that demonstrate amazing ingenuity, unique features and quality designs. The products were evaluated by technology industry experts from around the globe -- tech analysts, designers, engineers and members of the media -- who assessed submissions across 19 product categories. For more information, including photos and descriptions of all honorees, visit CESAsia.com.


Technology accessible to all at CES 2017

Consumer Technology Association SmartBrief | May 19, 2017

This year accessible technology made a huge splash at CES®. But accessible technology is not just about addressing the needs of those with disabilities, it is also about creating technology that is accessible to all. The second annual Eureka Park Accessibility Contest, in partnership with Extreme Tech Crunch, selected five winners from emerging startups with products that had the potential to improve the quality of life for aging adults and those with disabilities. Read about the winners in It Is Innovation (i3) magazine.


TBT: The startups of CES

Consumer Technology Association SmartBrief | May 18, 2017

Today's startup may be tomorrow's next big tech giant. Every year, CES brings together some of the most innovative startups at Eureka Park. At CES® 2017, 600 innovative startups from 34 countries showed off their latest products. Think your startup is the next big thing in tech? We are now accepting applications to exhibit in Eureka Park at CES 2018. Take a look at some highlights from Eureka Park throughout the years on the CTA Blog.


A voice-activated existence

Consumer Technology Association SmartBrief | May 18, 2017

Voice technology is an excellent case study on the remarkable pace of innovation. Incredible progress has been made in voice recognition in the last 30 months. Voice recognition is becoming the common operating system for diverse digitally connected objects. It is the glue that binds together the life changing innovations we are seeing at CES. Read more about Amazon's Alexa, Google Home and voice recognition in It Is Innovation (i3) magazine.


Learn from CTA's experts at Northside Innovation 2017

Consumer Technology Association SmartBrief | May 17, 2017

Taking place in the heart of North Brooklyn, N.Y., Northside Innovation will feature two Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ innovation policy experts as panelists. Join SVP of Government Affairs, Michael Petricone and Senior Manager of Government Affairs, Michael Hayes, June 7 to 9, as they discuss creativity and regulation, as well as the future of work in New York with other industry experts and thought leaders. View the full schedule for more information on the Northside Festival and featured innovation panels. Email Rachel Horn for more information on CTA's programming on-site.


Are you an author? Have your book showcased at CES 2018

Consumer Technology Association SmartBrief | May 17, 2017

Have you recently written a book about technology and innovation? Join the list of noteworthy authors who have been featured in Gary's Book Club at CES®. Learn more and submit your entry now to be featured in Gary's Book Club at CES 2018.


Video: Steve Case discusses pizza and the evolution of the internet

Consumer Technology Association SmartBrief | May 16, 2017

According to AOL cofounder and renowned entrepreneur Steve Case, we currently live in the third wave of the internet. Thirty-two years after the launch of AOL, the internet is now more than a means of sending emails and online shopping. At the New American Jobs Summit, produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, Case discussed how the internet and apps are revolutionizing health care and education. Watch the full video of the session on the CTA Blog, and learn about the future of the internet and Case's experience as Director of New Pizza Development for Pizza Hut.


Submit your Health and Fitness products for CTA's next broadcast media tour

Consumer Technology Association SmartBrief | May 16, 2017

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ will be conducting its next broadcast media tour on June 14, highlighting the newest, most innovative technology products to help consumers stay fit and healthy this summer. We're looking for product submissions like activity trackers, smartwatches, innovative apps and more to feature as CTA spokesperson Danielle Cassagnol is interviewed by television and radio stations throughout the country. She will be discussing the latest tech that encourages exercise, provides valuable health data and delivers real time feedback, all leading to a healthier lifestyle. Submit your product today to take advantage of this branding opportunity.


Discover the who's who of CES Asia 2017

Consumer Technology Association SmartBrief | May 15, 2017

Dynamic companies like Baidu, ChangHong, Huawei and Konka have secured exhibit space at CES Asia 2017. Explore the Online Exhibitor Directory for the growing list and detailed information on our valued 2017 exhibitors and register now to see these brands' exhibits first hand.


Did you know? Contributors to CTA's Industry Forecast receive the report at no cost

Consumer Technology Association SmartBrief | May 15, 2017

Join companies like Samsung, Sony, Panasonic and Yamaha and participate in the Consumer Technology Association's (CTA)™ semi-annual Industry Forecast. We are currently soliciting submissions for the summer edition, forecasting sales through 2021. CTA's consensus forecasts rely on input from the entire consumer technology industry to provide a unique and invaluable look at current and future trends. Simply provide your estimates of total shipment volumes for the categories in which your company competes by the May 26 deadline and receive the complete forecast at no cost -- an $8,000 value! For more information on how to get involved, contact Rick Kowalski.


More than 390 innovative companies ready to exhibit at CES Asia™

Consumer Technology Association SmartBrief | May 12, 2017

More than 390 innovative companies are ready to showcase their latest products at CES Asia 2017. Key exhibitors include Baidu, BMW, Carl Zeiss, Changhong Electric, China Mobile, Continental, Digital China, DJI, Fossil/Misfit, Garmin, Goertek, Haier, Harman, Hissense, Honda, Huawei, Hyundai, JD.com, Onkyo, OnStar, OtterBox, Pioneer, PPTV, Samsung, Scosche, Segway, Suning, Tencent, United States Postal Service, UPS, Valeo, Volvo, Voxx, Wacom and Yuneec. Check out the Online Exhibitor Directory to learn more. Register today at CESAsia.com.


Ford teams up with Karlie Kloss to teach more girls to code

Consumer Technology Association SmartBrief | May 11, 2017

Statistics show that women fill nearly half of all jobs in the United States, but that number drops to less than 25% for jobs in science, technology and engineering. Ford (a Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ member) is joining forces with model Karlie Kloss to change that. Kloss founded "Kode With Klossy," a free summer camp for teenage girls, in 2014 to teach girls to code and highlight possible careers in technology. Learn more about how you can join Ford and Karlie Kloss to support women in STEM on the CTA Blog.


Video: Highlights from the inaugural New American Jobs Summit

Consumer Technology Association SmartBrief | May 10, 2017

Last week, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ hosted the inaugural New American Jobs Summit in Washington, D.C. This one day event gathered industry leaders, key influencers and top policy makers such as Reps. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., Jared Polis, D-Colo., and Darrell Issa, R-Calif., to examine the future of jobs in the United States. Missed the Summit? Watch the recorded speaker sessions from the summit and read the full recap on CTA.tech.


Connected Home Security Checklist Tool now available

Consumer Technology Association SmartBrief | May 10, 2017

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ is now offering installers of smart home technology products a new security checklist for internet-connected devices. The Connected Home Security Checklist Tool, based on CTA's Device Security Best Practices white paper, details security protocols for installing and configuring products to better protect consumers and their smart home devices from unwanted malware or hackers. This tool is available free to CTA members. Not a member? Join today!


Creating the next wave of amazing connected products

Consumer Technology Association SmartBrief | May 09, 2017

The accepted premise in consumer technology today is that a device will be connected unless there is a reason not to do so. The Consumer Technology Association's (CTA)™ SVP of Technology & Standards, Brian Markwalter explores two important questions design teams should ask as they create the next wave of amazing connected products in the March/April issue of It Is Innovation (i3) magazine.


Top global and local brands exhibit at CES Asia™

Consumer Technology Association SmartBrief | May 09, 2017

Major brands like Baidu, BMW, Honda and Tencent are ready to take the CES Asia 2017 stage, June 7 to 9 in Shanghai. Explore our Online Exhibitor Directory and discover all the global names and promising startups that will be joining them. Register today.


Help CTA and Walmart grow American-made products

Consumer Technology Association SmartBrief | May 08, 2017

Half way through its 10 year commitment to invest a total of $250 billion in US manufactured products, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ member company, Walmart is actively searching for businesses with American-made products to sell. Check out the invitation for the Walmart Open Call on June 28 and use the free online TCO estimator to see if this exciting program makes sense for your business.


CES Asia opens with Huawei keynote address

Consumer Technology Association SmartBrief | May 08, 2017

The CES Asia keynote lineup gets off to an exciting start with the opening day address from Mr. Biao Wan, COO, CBG Huawei. Mr. Wan will share his vision for the future of Huawei and its role in the ever-changing technology landscape. CES Asia keynote addresses are free to registered attendees. Not registered yet? Do it today.


This Fitbit VP talks wearables, fitness data and workplace equality

Consumer Technology Association SmartBrief | May 05, 2017

Amy McDonough was one of Fitbit's first employees back in 2008, before Fitbit was the household name it is today. She is now the Vice President and General Manager of the Fitbit Health Group. CTA had the chance to speak with Amy about what is going on in fitness technology and how workplace equality is important, especially in a male-dominated tech industry. Read the full interview on the CTA blog.


A 3D-printed arm is helping this aspiring musician

Consumer Technology Association SmartBrief | May 04, 2017

Fifth-grader Isabella Nicola Cabrera dreamed of playing the violin. However, she was born with no left hand, making it difficult to play the instrument. With the help of her music teacher, a group of college students and a 3D printer, Isabella is ready for her debut. Watch this incredible performer realize her dream on the CTA Blog.


Exhibit with us at CES Asia 2017™

Consumer Technology Association SmartBrief | May 04, 2017

Join notable brands like Baidu, Hyundai, Samsung and more at CES Asia 2017 and apply to exhibit to tout your latest innovations. Discover what the Asian tech marketplace has to offer as you bring your brand to global proportions June 7 to 9 in Shanghai.


New American Jobs Summit: Live stream happening NOW!

Consumer Technology Association SmartBrief | May 03, 2017

Tune in now to catch the live stream of industry leaders like Steve Case, chairman and CEO of Revolution LLC, and policymakers including Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., as they discuss the future of jobs in the United States. Watch now.


Only a few hotel rooms remain for CTA Technology & Standards Forum

Consumer Technology Association SmartBrief | May 02, 2017

CTA's Technology & Standards Forum is May 9 to 11 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. It will feature the Health & Fitness Technology Summit and the Virtual Reality Summit. The room block is almost full so register today!


4K video games transform entertainment

Consumer Technology Association SmartBrief | May 02, 2017

The videogame industry has always embraced new technology. PC gaming has been at the forefront of many new innovations. Consider virtual reality as well as 4K gaming, which has been buoyed by an influx of 4K PC monitors from companies like Dell, Samsung and BenQ. Now the console business is following suit. Read about how 4K offerings on video game consoles are on the rise in It Is Innovation (i3) magazine.


Can't make it to the New American Jobs Summit? Catch the live stream

Consumer Technology Association SmartBrief | May 02, 2017

This Wednesday, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ will bring together leaders from the tech industry, policymakers and others to discuss the future of jobs in America. Can't make it downtown to catch the action in person? Watch our live stream. Don't miss out on this discussion of the future of jobs in the US.


The New American Jobs Summit is Wednesday

Consumer Technology Association SmartBrief | May 01, 2017

On May 3, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ will bring together leaders from the tech industry, policymakers and others to discuss the future of jobs in America. Hear what CTA members are saying. Be part of the discussion. Register today for the New American Jobs Summit at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill on Wednesday, May 3.


Coming together at CES Asia 2017

Consumer Technology Association SmartBrief | May 01, 2017

Global powerhouses have secured their exhibit space as CES Asia returns to Shanghai, China, June 7 to 9, 2017. Explore the Online Exhibitor Directory to see the growing number of brands ready to showcase their game-changing technologies, and register today to experience it all in person.


Participate in CTA's Industry Forecast and receive it at no cost

Consumer Technology Association SmartBrief | May 01, 2017

Join companies like Samsung, Sony, Panasonic and Yamaha and participate in the Consumer Technology Association's (CTA)™ semi-annual Industry Forecast. We are currently soliciting submissions for the summer edition, forecasting sales through 2021. CTA's consensus forecasts rely on input from the entire consumer technology industry to provide a unique and invaluable look at current and future trends. Simply provide your estimates of total shipment volumes for the categories in which your company competes by the May 26 deadline and receive the complete forecast at no cost -- an $8,000 value! For more information on how to get involved, contact Rick Kowalski.


The day radio died

Consumer Technology Association SmartBrief | Apr 28, 2017

Imagine if a President of the United States, motivated by national security concerns, closed and seized all of the nation's radio stations. Regardless of the rationale, the reaction would be fast and furious from both sides of the political divide. CTA's Stewart Wolpin takes a trip down memory lane to revisit just such an announcement by President Woodrow Wilson 100 years ago.


A smart lock you can open with your fingertips

Consumer Technology Association SmartBrief | Apr 27, 2017

Roberto Cabral first conceived of his product -- a rechargeable padlock that you can open using your fingerprint, as well as a traditional key -- to solve a problem he and others had when visiting the gym. CTA had the chance to speak to Cabral about his product, BenjiLock, his eureka moment and what his experience was like at CES®2017. Read the full interview on the CTA Blog.


Deadline extended to submit your nomination to the CTA Innovation Entrepreneur Awards

Consumer Technology Association SmartBrief | Apr 26, 2017

The April 15 deadline to submit a nomination for the 2017 Innovation Entrepreneur Awards has been extended to April 30! Don't wait another moment, submit now for the change to be selected by a panel of industry judges and present at the 2017 CTA Innovate! and Celebrate event in San Francisco, Oct. 9 to 11.


New research sheds light on the jobs of tomorrow

Consumer Technology Association SmartBrief | Apr 26, 2017

According to new research from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, 86% of tech industry leaders believe the jobs of the future will require candidates with increased technical skills. How are we as a nation preparing our workforce to meet this demand? The New American Jobs Summit, produced by CTA, held at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill on Wednesday, May 3 looks to explore these questions and more by gathering policymakers, industry leaders and key influencers to examine the future jobs in the United States. Register today for this can't miss event.


Gary Shapiro speaks with Uber's Justin Kintz

Consumer Technology Association SmartBrief | Apr 25, 2017

Almost 10 years ago, Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp came up with the idea for Uber after having trouble hailing a taxi. Fast-forward to today, Uber, an American company, is operating in more than 500 cities worldwide and employs 6,700 people. Last year, the company debuted the world's first self-driving Ubers in Pittsburgh. To tell us more about their investment and interest in self-driving technology, CTA President and CEO Gary Shapiro spoke with Justin Kintz, Uber's head of US public affairs.


Free webinar tomorrow! CES Asia 2017™ -- Road Map to PR Success

Consumer Technology Association SmartBrief | Apr 25, 2017

Join the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Eastern Daylight time, for a free webinar focused on the public relations tips and tools that will maximize your media coverage at CES Asia 2017. Learn from experts, Bernice Morquette, CTA Communications and Leon Harbar, vice president, Global Tradeshows and Events for Business Wire, on the best practices to get your products showcased to the right media. Register today!


Meet the father who made a bionic arm for his son

Consumer Technology Association SmartBrief | Apr 25, 2017

At just 10 days old, surgeons amputated Sol Ryan's left arm due to an irreversible blood clot. Sol's parents, however, never lost hope. Ben Ryan, Sol's father, took Sol's blood type -- B positive -- as a sign to, well, be positive. Find out on the CTA Blog, how Ben used 3D-printing technology and an Xbox scanner to improve his child's life forever.


Room block almost full for CTA Technology & Standards Forum

Consumer Technology Association SmartBrief | Apr 24, 2017

The Consumer Technology Association's (CTA)™ Technology & Standards Forum , May 9 to 11 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis, room block is almost full. Don't wait, register today and learn from industry experts at the Health & Fitness Technology Summit and the Virtual Reality Summit.


New speakers from Cisco, Microsoft, EverFi and others announced for CTA Jobs Summit

Consumer Technology Association SmartBrief | Apr 24, 2017

On May 3, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ will bring together leaders from the tech industry, policymakers and others to discuss the future of jobs in America. Hear what CTA members are saying. Be part of the discussion. Register today for the New American Jobs Summit at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill on Wednesday, May 3.




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