CES 2019 Keynote Address Preview

With CES 2019 only a little over a week away, here’s what to expect from the major Keynote Addresses from industry leaders

At any conference, the major news of the day usually comes from industry leaders taking the stage for a Keynote Address and CES 2019 Keynote Addresses are expected to continue that trend.

With consumer technology making rapid advances across the board, there is a lot to learn about the year ahead and the CES Keynotes are the perfect place to start. This is why we’ve broken down each address to tell you what you can expect from CES 2019’s featured speakers.

LG Electronics Keynote Address

January 7th, 2019, 6:30 PM

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Over the years, LG Electronics has made major moves in its product lines and ventured into entirely new fields as the line between consumer electronics and advanced computer technology continue to blur.

LG is a leading developer of artificial intelligence systems for consumer electronics—such as smart appliances— and no one is more responsible for this transformation than LG President and Chief Technology Officer, Dr. I. P. Park.

Dr. Park will give CES 2019’s first Keynote Address of the conference for LG and it will set the tone for much of the technology that will be showcased in the coming days.

As more of our world and everyday lives become connected to high-speed data networks, industry leaders like LG will be the major drivers, so it’s fitting that Park will introduce the conference discussing the innovations in AI systems across the industries and how these developments have the potential to reshape our world.

CTA State of the Industry Keynote Address

January 8th, 8:30 AM

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The Consumer Technology Association, the trade group that puts on CES every year, will take the stage on the first day of CES 2019 to officially open the conference.

Hosting over 4200 different technology vendors from every field from gaming and computer hardware to consumer electronics and mobile devices to automotive companies,


The CTA will lay out the major trends that they see coming in 2019, including the introduction of 5G data networks, the growth of smart cities, and the increasingly interconnected user experiences across different technologies.

Presented by Gary Shapiro, the President and CEO of the CTA, and Karen Chupka, the CTA’s Executive Vice President, the State of the Industry Keynote is the broad overview of what kind of developments we’ll see at the conference, so it is essential viewing if you plan to keep up to date with the ongoing developments from CES.

IBM Keynote Address

January 8th, 2019, 8:30 AM

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There are few technology brands as iconic as IBM. Having largely ceded the personal computer industry to companies like Dell and Apple, IBM hasn’t been idle.

Much of the world markets run off IBM servers and mainframes and once IBM returned to its business machine roots over the past decade and a half, they have been a major driver in industrial and commercial computing.


IBM Chairman, President, and CEO, Ginni Rometty will share the stage with CTA’s Shapiro and Chupka to lay out a vision for business computing in the near future, one that has to place trust and responsibility at the very center of computing going forward.

With rapid advances in artificial intelligence and quantum computing occurring every year, Rometty is expected to stress how businesses can only thrive in this new environment if the public is able to trust that businesses will be responsible stewards of such revolutionary technologies and aren’t using them for their own gain at the expense of competition or the public good.

Verizon Keynote Address

January 8th, 2019, 4:00 PM

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In keeping with the theme of ever-increasing connectivity, Verizon’s Keynote Address will be all about the increased speed and robustness of data networks around the world, especially the introduction of 5G data connections for home, business, and mobile devices.


The Most Anticipated Tech Innovations of CES 2019

The Most Anticipated Tech Innovations of CES 2019

If you’re like a lot of people, you’ve heard that 5G is coming, but might not really know what that means.

The jump from 4G to 5G is expected to be as transformative for our world as the jump from dial-up to broadband or from wired connections to wireless. 5G can sustain peak speeds upwards of 20GB/sec, a 2000% increase over 4G’s 1GB/sec—and that’s just scratching the surface.

Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg will discuss just what this means for our highly connected world, the implications for the Internet of Things, how cable internet connections and WiFi will become things of the past, and how 5G can quickly connect parts of the world where internet speeds have been left decades behind major market networks.


AMD Keynote Address

January 9th, 2019, 9 AM

Along with rival chip maker Intel, AMD is seemingly bearing the weight of future technological development on its shoulders, needing to produce a steady stream of more powerful processors to keep up with the pace of technological demand. Fortunately, AMD is not shying away from the challenge.

AMD President and CEO, Dr. Lisa Su, will describe how new computer technologies, both classical and quantum, can be used both to solve some of the societies most intractable problems and to advance entertainment, gaming, and transportation.

We also anticipate that Su will introduce AMD’s first-of-its-kind 7nm High-Performance CPU and GPU, pushing the silicon transistor to the what might be the absolute physical limit while offering in a solid increase in computing power.

The New Mobility Revolution

January 9th, 2019, 11 AM

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Following AMD’s Su, US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao will take the stage to give the final direct keynote with a description of the benefits and challenges presented by quickly advancing autonomous vehicle technology, the proliferation of drones, and how public transportation infrastructure will change as a result.

Following Secretary Chao’s keynote, there will be a panel discussion about the need to establish trust in autonomous vehicle technology among the general public to ensure that self-driving technology will be adopted without friction and that the roll-out of the technology is safe.

New Frontiers in Mobile Keynote Talk

January 9th, 2019, 2 PM

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The final keynote of the conference is a talk rather than an address. John Donovan, CEO of AT&T Communications, will sit down with Michael Kassan, the Chairman and CEO of MediaLink, to return again to the theme of connectivity.


They will explore the “4th Industrial Revolution”, enabled by 5G networks, that will revolutionize manufacturing, VR/AR/MR, Sports, Public Safety, and more.

There will be a panel discussion at the end about how global companies are preparing to market themselves in this incredibly interconnected world and the marketing strategies needed to reach a predominantly mobile, highly connected consumer market.

You can follow these keynote events in real time via livestreams, available on the CES website on the day and at the time of the scheduled event. There are many more livestreams available from other companies to check out and you can find the schedule here; just be sure to check the company website for the company hosting the event for a link to the livestreams, since streams may not be available from the CES site itself.

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