CES 2017 to be a star-studded affair

Huawei will be one of the thousands of exhibitors at CES 2017. Huawei will be one of the thousands of exhibitors at CES 2017. BARRY WHITE / GEEKNIFTY

Consumer technology and electronics will be sharing center stage at CES 2017 with a variety of celebrities as a number of Hollywood stars, professional athletes, TV personalities, and musicians will be on-scene at the annual tech and gadgets trade show this week in Las Vegas.  The celebs are there to discuss and promote the various pieces of technology that the mainstream public will likely be seeing all around them in the coming future.

Headlining the list due to her role as the official CES Ambassador is actor, director, author, and comedian Aisha Tyler.  She will speak during the Best 2017 Tech Trends conference session and will be interviewed by Janko Roettgers, senior Silicon Valley correspondent at Variety.  She's no stranger to such roles as she's the current host of the improv comedy series "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" and has hosted video game company Ubisoft's annual E3 press conferences for a number of years.

Carnival Corp. President and CEO Arnold Donald will be joined onstage by several celebrities during his keynote address including “In Living Color” star and comedian Tommy Davidson and YouTuber Andrea Feczko.  The two host Vacation Creation Saturday mornings on The CW.  Emmy award-winning host of "Ocean Treks with Jeff Corwin", Jeff Corwin himself, will also join Donald onstage as will Jeff Garcia, host of "The Voyager", and Matthew Biancaniello.  Biancaniello is a former cocktail chef for the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel’s Library Bar and host of the upcoming FYI/A&E show "Good Spirits" premiering Feb. 2017.

Other notables include Las Vegas locals and hosts of HGTV’s “Property Brothers”, Drew and Jonathan Scott, who will speak on the panel Consumer Expectations of Smart Technology about the latest trends in today’s smart home, actress Octavia Spencer and “Hidden Figures” Director Ted Melfi who will speak during the "The Power of Hidden Figures" super sessions, which is a group of diverse role models within the STEM field, and actor, Author, and Humorist Nick Offerman.  Offerman will join American Greetings Executive Director of Marketing Alex Ho to unveil a "#DeviceLikeNoOther" followed by a Q&A with media about the device and meaningful connections in the digital world.

Nick Verreros of "Project Runway" fame will host the FashionWare runway shows, featuring fashion-forward attire and accessories and Dr. Mehmet Oz will reveal the results of a groundbreaking national sleep study live on stage at the Digital Health Summit session "Confronting the Sleep Epidemic Head-On".  Wu Tang Clan Leader RZA will also be at on site where he will be performing booth demos, booth chats, and media interviews on behalf of music hardware company ROLI.

Charles Barkley
NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley

A number of athletes will also be on hand at CES 2017.  The roster from the world of sports includes USA Gold Olympic Swimmer Nathan Adrian, who will discuss motion tracking technology with BMW in Sports Tech’s session recap.  Pro Football Hall of Fame Quarterback Warren Moon will be joining the Microsoft team during "How Sports Utilizes Big Data" to discuss the growing focus to enhance fan engagements on a digital level, and Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber, NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, and U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun will look at how sports properties can best leverage innovation and technology to meet the ever-changing habits of next generation sports fans.

Turner Sports will host three days of thought leadership panels.  Those talking at the panels include NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, NCAA President Mark Emmert, WNBA Player Sue Bird, and NBA Analyst Grant Hill.  These figures of the sports world will discuss ways technology is driving the ever-changing landscape of sport on the panel The New Era of League Innovation moderated by “Inside the NBA on TNT” Host Ernie Johnson Jr. during the trade show.  Furthermore, TNT’s “Inside the NBA” studio team — host Ernie Johnson and analysts Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Shaquille O’Neal — will anchor a special live NBA on TNT telecast from CES including pre-game, halftime and post-game coverage surrounding the network’s NBA coverage 4-9 PM Thursday, Jan. 5.

Other athletes having a known presence at CES 2017 include St. Louis Cardinals Center Fielder Dexter Fowler and Miami Heat Center Chris Bosh.  The two will speak on the panel during "Life Off the Court," examining unique tech-driven partnerships and business ventures realized by some of the world’s leading athletes to enhance their individual brands and establish a deeper connection with sports fans.  NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana will also be in attendance to highlight innovations that are shaping sports engagement as well as where they expect to see the greatest returns on the panel "Tech Investing in Sports".  Dallas Mavericks Mark Cuban will be making guest appearances on behalf of holograms company Kino-mo.  Finally, LA Galaxy Forward Landon Donovan will speak on the panel "Data Analytics and Sports Performance" to discuss the use of data and analytics and how they are changing the way teams analyze the game and how it is used to maximize athlete performance.


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