Attending the International Consumer Electronics Show, you’ll undoubtedly meet the best techies ever. This year there were more black bloggers, journalists, and analysts than ever before. It’s nice to know that the world will be able to read and watch CES coverage from an African-American perspective. Besides, the gadgets come and go. Next year, 4K LCD monitors may be obsolete, but the personal connections will exist for years to come. Here are just a few of the most interesting people that crossed my path on the first day of CES 2013.—Marcia Wade Talbert
“I’m looking to get a sense of new technologies and hoping to be reintroduced into new tech. It changes every day, so I’m hoping to be wilded by CES,” says CJ Washington, a contributor for The Source.
If tech is present so is Antonio Wells, founder of AndroidTapp.com, a site that reviews Android apps.
In between one-on-one press meetings and breaking news announcements, this techie-on-the-go stopped for a pic.
Rapper-turned-technofile and gaming blogger Miss Kitana Blade is out at CES this year making sure she represents for the gamers and hip-hop heads. Follow her CES tweets at @MissBladeNYC .
Meet Green and Healthy Living Expert Yoli Ouiya (right). While at CES, she’s trying to soak up as much information as possible about sustainable living. For her CES updates visit her site or follow her on Twitter at @yoliouiya .
“For me, CES is all about discovering those jaw-droppingly awesome and most innovative products that possess the wow factor and are going to enhance our lives in some way in the forthcoming year,” says Lucy Hedges, a multimedia editor at UK-based Stuff. “Kickstarter projects and startups are also particularly interesting. This is an opportunity to see the birth of a fantastic idea and talk to its creators about developing that idea into a real, veritable product. And it wouldn’t be CES without a bit of Vegas partying, which I fully intend to do once I’ve cleared all the work.”
Richard LaBennet talks to crowds of eager techies about Lenovo’s latest gadgets.
Antwand Pearman is founder and CEO of GamerFitNation, a site created to help remind people get off the couch, put down the controller and exercise. He along with a few colleagues came to catch the hottest gaming gadgets and software along with health and fitness tools.
Kris Cain (right), also known as @LittleTechGirl, is always on the lookout for the hottest new items in mobile tech. “I’m very excited to be at CES to see the new things coming up from companies like Sony, Samsung, and more. I am especially interested in seeing what new phones and/or tablets might be released.”
PJ Douglas Sands (right) and her partner Africa Allah (left) are tag teaming at the show this year to make sure they catch a front row seat to all the new product announcements for their web venture DIRadioCast.com. Follow the duo at @iSupportDI .
Harrison Chastang is news director at black-owned KPOO San Francisco 89.5 FM, and he’s also an expert photojournalist. Harrison is present every year at CES, broadcasting the tech news and trends for his devote radio audience.
Technology and social media analyst Lindsey C. Holmes is more excited this year about CES than in previous years. “I am studying this year’s trends and I’m glad to see Bluetooth technology making a strong comeback through a ton of peripherals, a lot of usable technology like emergency preparedness phones and radios, and my favorite -integrations between your mobile and home electronics,” says Holmes. “There was an oven with a built-in tablet that you can pre-heat on the way home. Yesss!”
Who says technology isn’t glamorous? Tori Dorsey has always been a techie and a fashionista at heart. Her blog Glasses and Glitter checks out the fashionable side of tech.
“I’m excited to see advancements in mobile technology, specifically what new chips Intel will announce to speed up our tablets/cell phones,” says the Chicago-based blogger and market research analyst.