By Nicole Colwell
The RaceTalk Blog has gotten an injection of West Coast flavor! With multiple clients heading to CES this year, I’ll be reporting from the show, kicking off my stint as the West Coast correspondent. Vegas better watch out; here comes Racepoint Group!
In preparation for my trip, I’ve been researching a few “tips and tricks” for surviving the show… an astounding, albeit grueling, “Nerd-vana.” Below you can find what I will consider my lifeline for the next week:
- Remember to wear comfortable shoes, and if you do not want to wait for the long taxi / bus lines, consider renting a car. It’s easy to park at the free parking lots at any of the hotels / casinos.
- As anyone who has attended CES in years past can attest to, the showroom floor can be quite overwhelming. Check out this interactive floor map from CES veteran and Mashable editor-in-chief Lance Ulanoff for “14 Essential Stops to Make on Your Tour of CES 2012.” Click on the map image to check out the interactive version on the Mashable Website.
- Of course, don’t forget your tech. Smartphones and tablets are becoming increasingly integrated into the show, from QR codes to applications. Make sure you grab your chargers before you dash out to make your flight. And remember to bring a wireless card for your devices, as connections in and around the show can be spotty.
- If you’re wondering if you’re allowed to use cameras, yes you can, although some exhibitors may restrict camera use on occasion. One good tip to avoid long lines is not to carry bags when possible as they are subject to search.
- Don’t forget about the CES Follow Me App, the official mobile app which enables you to build a schedule, plan your time, see interactive real-time floor maps, get late-breaking CES news and more. Details of app are at this CES link.
- Give up your New Year’s resolution until January 15th. Trust me on this one.
I hope you enjoy CES 2012 whether you’ll be with us on the ground in Sin City or following news announcements closely. Check back on the RaceTalk Blog for updates on CES news and be sure to leave your “tips and tricks” for CES 2012 in the comments below!