Even the World’s Biggest Tech Event Can’t Keep the Lights On

CES experienced a partial blackout on day 2

During the outage, CES staffers on site prevented attendees from entering the powerless part of the conference.
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Shortly before noon today, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas suggested attendees head outside to the solar-powered outdoors due to a partial blackout inside the Las Vegas Convention Center, where around 180,000 attendees are previewing the future of technology.

During the outage, CES staffers on site prevented attendees from entering the powerless part of the conference.

Representatives for several car brands in the automotive area said they experienced a power surge about an hour before the broader blackout hit the central hall of the convention center, causing lights and screens to go dark for about a minute. As a result, some auto demonstrations were delayed. Soon after, the EDM music was blaring once again, even as many attendees headed for the exits during the first day without rain so far this week.

Meanwhile, some tech brands made light of the situation.

And in a call back to its Super Bowl tweet about dunking in the dark after the lights went out at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Oreos entered the fray with a CES blackout tweet. Wonder how many lawyers and agency execs were in the room for this one.

Not everyone experienced problems. At Duracell’s booth exhibiting emergency power sources for cars, the batteries were still running as planned.

“Just the lights went out,” said David Apsley, Duracell’s vp of sales.

The power came back on about an hour later, but it just goes to show: Even the biggest tech experts have some issues sometimes.