CES 2018 is the most anticipated electronics convention in the world. Every year, thousands of businesses, professionals, and attendees fill the Las Vegas Convention Center in order to get a sneak peek of the future of consumer electronics. This year, it seems, mother nature and Murphy’s Law wanted their time in the spotlight.
Not only were there floods in Las Vegas (which is a desert that had not seen rainfall in 116 days)…
…there was also, as you may have heard, a blackout.
Since there was some time to kill, we decided to hop on social media to not only get updates on the matter; but, to also see people’s reactions.
Here are the best tweets of the #CESBlackout.
Once word got out, all eyes were on the Las Vegas Convention Center.
— Elizabeth M. VanStee (@evanstee) January 10, 2018
From attendees to exhibitors, the irony was not lost on anyone.
— Fast Company (@FastCompany) January 10, 2018
Darkness has always been man’s greatest foe. It hides dangers and fills us with fear of the unknown. However, thanks to modern technology, we can now create light on command and truly vanquish the night forev – oh. #CESBlackout pic.twitter.com/vpnRxI0hA1
— PCMag (@PCMag) January 10, 2018
For the most part everyone decided to roll with the punches and find humor amongst the darkness in Central Hall.
— Intel (@intel) January 10, 2018
— Texas Instruments (@TXInstruments) January 10, 2018
— ISPNtweets (@ISPNtweets) January 10, 2018
However, there were a few unlucky attendees that found themselves in quite the pickle…
— Angie Tucker (@AngeliqueTucker) January 10, 2018
On the positive side, a couple quick-thinking exhibitors saw the blackout as an opportunity to show off their products for those that decided to remain in Central Hall.
The #CESblackout has nothing on the ME20F-SH that features a 35mm full frame CMOS sensor with an equivalent sensitivity in excess of 4,000,000 ISO, enabling us to capture video in near darkness. #CES2018 #VisionariesWelcome pic.twitter.com/asRcGVHu3b
— Canon USA Imaging (@CanonUSAimaging) January 10, 2018
— Polaroid Originals (@polaroidorignls) January 10, 2018
In the end, everyone came together to keep everyone lit and, in some cases, entertained.
— Jasco Products (@JascoProducts) January 10, 2018
— Intel (@intel) January 10, 2018
After about 2 hours, all was well and CES carried on.
We have confirmation that #CES2018 is indeed lit
— CES (@CES) January 10, 2018
What exactly caused the power to go out on Day 2? As reported by CNET, the rain from the previous day was to blame:
In a joint statement the Las Vegas Visitor and Convention Authority, NV Energy and Consumer Technology Association (CTA), said condensation from yesterday’s rains was what led to the outage:
“Today at approximately 11:15 a.m. PT, the Central Hall and South Hall bridge meeting rooms at the Las Vegas Convention Center lost power. Power in the South Hall was restored within minutes, and power has now been fully restored to all areas. A preliminary assessment indicates that condensation from heavy rainfall caused a flashover on one of the facility’s transformers. We are grateful to NV Energy for their swift assistance, to our customers and their clients for their patience and to the staff for ensuring the safety and security of all attendees and exhibitors.”
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