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UrbanGeekz founder Kunbi Tinuoye has joined media heavyweights and tech influencers on the 2019 CES Conference Advisory Board. It comes as the largest and most influential technology event, formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show, steps up efforts to diversify speakers and programming.

Tinuoye is joined by bigwigs such as Christopher Trout, Editor in Chief at Engadget; Jeremy Kaplan, Editor in Chief at Digital Trends; Carolyn Giardina, Tech Editor at The Hollywood Reporter; and Darrell Etherington, Writer at TechCrunch, among others.

“This personal invitation was totally unexpected and I’m honored that I have been given a platform to influence the largest and most influential technology trade show in the world,” said Tinuoye. “We are working behind the scenes to make 2019 another groundbreaking event. We are still nailing down the details but I will also most likely be moderating at least one panel discussion.”

The board is composed of thought leaders throughout various areas of technology. Members work closely with the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) on content themes, the strategic direction for the conference program, and speaker recommendations, as well as providing insight into the research community.

“I’m honored that I have been given a platform to influence the largest and most influential technology trade show in the world. We are working behind the scenes to make 2019 another groundbreaking event.”

Kara Dickerson, VP of Strategic Partnerships & Conferences, Consumer Technology Association

“The CES Conference Advisory Board is comprised the industry’s most credible and distinguished voices including industry influencers, businesses, and media,” said Kara Dickerson, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships & Conferences at CTA, in an interview with UrbanGeekz.

“We curate the advisory board to offer us a variety of perspectives and diverse voices. We ask the advisory board to counsel us on the strategic direction for the conference program including speaker recommendations and content themes. Their perspectives help us shape an exciting program that features not only the tops trends but also the companies and influencers that are leading the way in tech innovation.”

2019 CES Advisory Board Members

Dawn Chmielewski, Deadline Hollywood Julian Mitchell, IQ Labs
Michael Davies, FOX Sports Nuala O’Connor, Center for Technology and Democracy
Darrell Etherington, TechCrunch Josh Sternberg, AdWeek
Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter Hank Thomas, Strategic Cyber Ventures
Elizabeth Gore, Hello Alice Derek Thompson, The Atlantic
Julie Jacobson, EH Publishing Kunbi Tinuoye, UrbanGeekz
Jennifer Jolly, USA Today Christopher Trout, Engadget
Jeremy Kaplan, Digital Trends

Mike Masnick, Techdirt

Hayley Tsukayama, The Washington Post

Shelley Zalis, The Female Quotient

In recent years CES has faced backlash over its lack of diversity centered on the absence of female keynote speakers. For the upcoming event, CES has already tapped Ginni Rometty, President and CEO of IBM to open up the show with a keynote.

Rometty will discuss how technologies such as AI and quantum, when built on a foundation of trust and transparency, will drastically change business and society for the better. She has also been named among Bloomberg’s 50 Most Influential People in the World, Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business, and TIME’s most important people in tech.

Ginni Rometty, President and CEO of IBM

CES is the world’s premier event for the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the go-to event for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years, where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), it attracts global business leaders and pioneering thinkers.

Each year the event attracts more than 180,000 individuals from over 150 countries, representing the entire technology ecosystem. More than 6,500 members of the world’s media and over 65,000 senior-level executives attend.

CES counts thousands of exhibitors and past companies have included Microsoft, Samsung, Amazon, and Sony. Big tech firms and startups are able to showcase their work in an unprecedented way. In fact, CES has served as the launch pad for many companies that are now household names in the business.

Additionally, attendees to get to hear from industry leaders on the latest trends and big developments in the tech industry.

CES features more than 250 conference sessions featuring more than 1000 leaders and innovators to identify and recruit the most compelling technology subject matter experts we seek the advice of our CES conference advisory board,” added Dickerson.

CES takes place January 8-11, 2019 in Las Vegas.

Graphic: Jennifer Jolly, USA Today; Jeremy Kaplan, Digital Trends; Kunbi Tinuoye, UrbanGeekz (l-r) [Created by Kennedy Crenshaw]

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    Carlyn Pounders
    Carlyn Pounders
    Carlyn Pounders covers technology, business, and entrepreneurship at UrbanGeekz. She joined in 2017 after graduating from Georgia State University, where she was News Director at Georgia State Television.