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CE Week 2016 Kicked Off With Record Attendance; Today's Conference Brings Together Thought Leaders for a Look at the Digitization of Everything
Conference program to explore the latest trends in hi-res audio, virtual reality, drones, wearable technologies, smart home, 3D printing, robotics and more

NEW YORK, June 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The next generation of technology innovation took the spotlight as the curtain rose on the opening day of CE Week 2016. Media and tech enthusiasts packed the Metropolitan Pavilion and Altman Building for a hands-on look at the hottest technology hitting stores this summer. But it's not over! Today's CE Week Conference Program will put all these new products into context and explore the latest trends in hi-res audio, virtual reality, drones, wearable technologies, smart home, 3D printing, robotics and beyond.

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Keynotes, moderators and panelists will include tech thought leaders and top executives from: Chip Chick, Dealerscope, Digital Trends, Gear Diary, IBM Watson, iMore. Indiegogo, LG, Monster Products, Owner IQ, Samsung, Seagate, TechRadar, The City of New York, Tom's Guide, USA Today and more.

Conference sessions taking place on June 23 at CE Week 2016 include:

  • Forever Startup 9:00 a.m.
    Tim Bucher, Senior VP and Chief Product Officer at Seagate may be the only person in history who has served in executive roles directly for Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Michael Dell.  He's created winning companies and products in multiple fields. Find out what he (and Seagate) know about staying in the game.

  • Welcome to NYC, Where Tech Means Business 9:30 a.m.
    Cities everywhere are ramping up, embracing innovation and the tech spirit. Find out from New York City's Chief Technology Officer, Minerva Tantoco, what NYC has on its tech docket and how the next wave of innovation will demand technology/government partnerships.

  • Startup Playbook: Bringing New Products to Market in the Age of Crowdfunding 10:00 a.m.
    Crowdfunding projects come and crowdfunding projects go, but 60% of them go nowhere. What makes a campaign successful? Kate Drane, Senior Director of Outreach for Tech and Hardware, Indiegogo and a panel of industry execs ferret out the best practices so you don't have to fail.

  • Editor's Roundtable: Predictions, Prognostications, and Products10:30 a.m.
    Moderated by Michael Gartenberg, Analyst in Residence at iMore, some of New York's favorite tech journalists gather to share what's hot and what's not for the second half of 2016.

  • Hi-Res Audio: How to Make It, Get It, Hear It11:00 a.m.
    When it comes to our music, many of us have sacrificed fidelity in pursuit of convenience and portability. Thanks to new digital hardware that supports a variety of hi-res formats and new streaming services it's time to perk up our ears again. Hear from Marc Finer, Senior Director, DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group and a panel of industry experts.

  • The New Reality is Virtual and Augmented. Ready?11:30 a.m.
    It's a billion dollar reality!  Projections are for VR and AR to have their first billion dollar sales year in 2016. Whether you're jumping off a cliff, touring a vacation destination or taking a tour of your unbuilt home Tom Emrich, Producer, Augmented World Expo and a panel of industry executives look at the cameras, the headgear and the content systems you'll need to know about.

  • Launch Time Fun: The Drone Report12:00 p.m.
    Whether they're entertaining you, delivering your groceries, or accessing soil content, drones will be a constant fixture in your life. Jeremy Kaplan, Editor in Chief, Digital Trends and a panel of executives from the top consumer drone companies have your playbook.

  • The Changing World of Retail12:30 p.m.
    Your customers want you online and off, 24/7 and they want to feel your love. Melissa Campanelli, Editor-in-Chief/Content Director, Total Retail and a panel of industry leaders tell you what to do.

  • Of Robots, Printers and Games1:00 p.m.
    Some of the most innovative ideas of the season are meant to let your explore the possibilities and kickstart your imagination. Judie Lipsett Stanford, Founder, Editor-In-Chief, and Co-owner, Gear Diary moderates a panel that examines the latest in these categories.

  • Peer into the New Reality of Data Sharing1:30 p.m.
    What if you could advertise directly to the shoppers doing product research on the websites of the brands you sell? With second-party data sharing now you can. Data-Sharing for CE retailers and brands has arrived. Learn about the benefits of using second-party data in your digital marketing efforts from Bob Scaglione, SVP, Strategic Channel Development, Owner IQ.

  • Is That Tech You're Wearing?2:00 p.m.
    Your body has become a showcase for the some of the coolest technology on the planet. From fitness to sleep, from personal assistant to medical manager, Rob Pegoraro, Journalist,, moderates a panel on what new wearables are a must see.

  • Monster 2.0: Blast into the Future2:30 p.m.
    You haven't been to CE Week until you see what Chief Monster, Noel Lee is unveiling.  Special guests included.

  • Fireside Chat: Meet IBM Watson3:15 p.m.
    Thomas Watson said, "Our machines should be nothing more than tools for extending the powers of the human beings who use them." Now, meet Watson the most powerful cognitive thinking machine on the planet. Ed Baig, Tech Columnist, USA Today sits down with Jerome Pesenti, Vice President, IBM Watson Platform to explore how deep machine learning and AI will change our businesses and our lives.

  • Smart Home, IoT…Let's Make It Work3:45 p.m.
    The projected number of connected devices in our homes, cars and cities is set to skyrocket. Will our washing machines soon be talking to our wallets?  Avram Piltch, Online Editorial Director, Tom's Guide/Laptop Mag and a panel of experts look at the myriad devices set to launch and the infrastructure glue that will hold them together.

  • '10 Under 20: Young Innovators to Watch' Awards4:15 p.m.
    Students from across NYC show off their entrepreneurial and high tech chops in this spirited award ceremony.

Online registration is remaining open until 4:00 p.m. today! Follow CE Week 2016 on Facebook and Twitter, and use the official CE Week hashtag, #CEWeek2016.

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