This year were plenty of mom bloggers heading to Vegas for the annual Consumer Electronics Show (otherwise known as CES). If you don’t know about CES, here’s the low down from their about page:
The International CES is owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $186 billion U.S. consumer technology industry. CEA represents more than 2,000 corporate members involved in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and integration of consumer electronics products. All profits from CES are reinvested into industry services, including technical training and education, industry promotion, engineering standards development, market research and legislative advocacy.
That’s the official answer. The unofficial one? It’s where all the cool gadgets live, and often the first place tech lovers can get their hands on them.
This year, CES is becoming more appealing than ever to mom bloggers. For the second year in a row, The Mommy Tech Summit, a mini-summit inside CES, has brought the best in tech for moms front and center. Offering a combination of display space, speakers, and great sponsors, The Mommy Tech Summit is a great example of how more women are getting involved in tech.
Interestingly, even with more women attending CES than ever, it is still mostly men. Allison of the blog Petit Elefant tweeted yesterday that she hasn’t had to wait in line for the bathroom because of the low ratio of women.
Interestingly, even as the attendance of women increases at CES, one of the most common features of CES is still the “Booth Babe,” attractively dressed pretty young women hired to be present at booths to draw the audience in to view the technology in the booths. Our friends at ShePosts wrote a great piece about the “Booth Babes” featuring a BBC video you really should watch.
Let’s all hope that The Mommy Tech Summit has refrained from the “Booth Babe” phenomenon.
The reports from CES are quite interesting. For more about the conference, follow the #CES hashtag on Twitter. For information about what’s happening at The Mommy Tech Summit, follow the #mommytech hashtag. It’s almost like being there! Except we don’t get to play with the cool gadgets. I guess we can’t have everything.