Meet Tech Star Karen Chupka, the Mastermind Behind CES

By Tova Gelfondgrea, December 2, 2016

Karen ChupkaKaren Chupka lives and breathes technology in her role as senior vice president of Consumer Technology Association. The mastermind behind Consumer Electronics Show (the event that introduced smartphones, the Xbox, 3-D printers and drones to the mainstream tech world) has gotten first glimpses of autonomous robots, virtual reality headsets, smart fridges, the Segway Robot and smart glasses—items the tech community waits year-round to see at the January show, held annually in Las Vegas.

Held across four days, CES features more than 3,600 companies and 1,000 speakers. It’s a logistical orchestra of space, production, people and technology, masterfully conducted by Chupka, who’s been with the organization for 27 years.

“We’re always having to reinvent what we’re doing because there [are] always new technologies coming out or new audience segments… It’s never been the same show twice,” she says. She often asks herself, “How do we use technology to help the attendee experience and make that better?” The answer is a blend of exhibitor experiences, integrated details, a focus on startups and a range of “super sessions” designed with an edgier feel. Another win? “We launched an area called Eureka Park and in year one we had 103 companies participate that were all startups. At the 2017 show we’ll have 600,” she says. 

(Visited 640 times, 1 visits today)

Visit Pittsburgh waves goodbye to Jason Fulvi, CDME, as he prepares to take on the role of president and CEO at Visit KC.

Behold! Our pick of apps that will help you stay proactive at work and in life.

What happens when an elite meeting planner sits down with an expert on behavioral science about removing clutter to keep attendees’ attention? The results

Author and events coach Cameron Herold says it’s never too late to improve your meetings.

After coming face-to-face with the destruction of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico now has the opportunity to rebrand and redefine its identity.

Harold Hansen, CFE, a member of the Event Safety Alliance Board of Directors, discusses security missteps in events.

The Latest