Las Vegas’ annual International Consumer Electronics Show functions as a techie playground for those passionate about innovation. It’s also an opportunity to mingle and build your network. Here are five events happening during CES you should be privy to if you want know the guy who knows the guy.
Mashable’s annual CES mixer’s a solid way to slip your foot in the tech door without the white knuckled meet-and-greet. Here’s your chance to drink a little too much, dance eye-soringly bad and connect with top innovators in technology doing the exact same thing. Mashable retains its reputation for throwing a wealth of great socials with blowouts from 1 Oak to Hakkasan. Brooklyn Bowl, Jan. 8, 9pm-12am, $35, cesmashbash2015.eventbrite.com.
Tech Cocktail: Startup Night Downtown Vegas
CES will host its very own Startup Stage to showcase young companies, but Tech Cocktail is your mixer for viewing what’s fresh in technology ahead of time. Keep your eyes peeled and greetings warm as a number of CES startups will make appearances. They’ll display their current projects here and undoubtedly enhance hype for the official show. Gold Spike, Jan. 5, 6pm-9pm, free with RSVP, tech.co/events.
AT&T Developer’s Summit
Welcome to coder’s cove, population: you and every techie within a 10-mile radius of CES. During the event’s first two days you’ll watch developers rub elbows at AT&T’s “Hackathon,” a coding competition topped off with fat cash rewards. The top three teams receive the chance to pitch to the AT&T Developer Keynote for a grand prize. The final day concludes with a comprehensive conference steered by keynote speakers, a networking party full of AT&T’s industry experts and a performance by Neon Trees. Rain Nightclub in the Palms, Jan. 3-5, $150, devsummit.att.com.
Tech Cocktail: DADO Labs and the Connected Consumer
Witness how mobile app company DADO Labs is reshaping how we connect with our devices. The DADO platform taps into and interacts with compatible products such as kitchen appliances. Don’t stretch your brain trying to figure it out. Watch this, and it’ll fill you in. So far the company’s partnered with brands such as Char-Broil Grills and coffee brewing leader Behmor Inc. to create a seamless connection between technology and tangible objects. DADO Labs will display its products and present keynote addresses from the president of Char-Broil and accounting software Xero’s Chief Evangelist, Saul Colt. Inspire Theatre, Jan. 7, 9am-2:30pm, free with RSVP, tech.co/events.
MakerBot CES Pinball Party
MakerBot transformed what 3D meant to consumers. The company pushed into new territory when it launched its 3D printer, and it’s been successful ever since. Don’t miss the opportunity to mingle with the developers over a cold brew and an arcade classic. Note: this event’s guaranteed to fill up fast. Attempts to contact the organizer after tickets sell out can be made here. Pinball Hall of Fame, 1610 E. Tropicana Ave., Jan. 7, 8pm-10pm, free with registration, www.eventbrite.com.