CES, or the Consumer Electronics Show, is the country’s largest annual technology conference. It goes down at the Las Vegas Convention Center each year and draws hundreds of thousands of tech journalists, industry bigwigs, and celebrities to see the year’s hottest upcoming gadgets.
For some, it’s a mundane yearly trip that’s more work than play, but for others like myself who don’t get to go every year, it can be a magical event. That is, until a power outage strikes and brings the whole damn thing to a standstill.
And that’s exactly what happened, today.
Two-hour power outage kills CES 2018 buzz temporarily
“A preliminary assessment indicates that condensation from heavy rainfall caused a flashover on one of the facility’s transformers,” according to a statement from the Las Vegas Visitor and Convention Authority, NV Energy and the Consumer Technology Association.
Just yesterday, Vegas got drenched by a torrential downpour, breaking a 116-day streak without rain.
It looks like I picked a good year not to go to Sin City.
I have a few friends and colleagues out there – all of which have reported in safe and sound – so it sucks to see the weather isn’t playing nicely for them. There’s still a few days left, however, so hopefully, things will dry up a bit.
Apparently, I’m not the only one who found the situation a bit ironic. (I also got my first “Twitter moment” of 2018 out of the deal.)
Wow…. Lights go out and there’s flooding… At an electronics show… In the desert.
— Tony Simons (@TonySimonsSR) January 10, 2018
Here’s a clip of the carnage, tweeted in response to me:
— Jamie Cohen (@jamieacohen) January 10, 2018
Were you in attendance at CES2018 for what ended up being the most exciting “event” of the show this year? We’d love to hear from you in the comment thread!