CES 2016 has officially come to a close, and this year’s show was bigger and more innovative than ever before. The event drew more than 170,000 industry professionals, including more than 50,000 from outside of the US, to Las Vegas for the four-day show. We’re proud to have been a part of this renowned consumer technology show for a third year in a row, with more than 125 Indiegogo campaigners exhibiting at the show. Seeing our past, present and future campaigners exhibit at CES solidified our commitment to empowering people to bring their ideas from idea to market. From the hottest tech trends to celeb sightings, here’s what the Indiegogo team saw at CES 2016.
Key Trends at CES 2016
When you gather all the big names in technology plus innovative startups in one space, you’re bound to see some of the coolest gadgets around. A few key trends we saw at CES included drones, health-focused wearables, robotics, 3D printers and solar tech. While none of these ideas are necessarily new, the products in each category have made impressive strides. Some of our team’s highlights include:
Parrot Drone’s Synchronized Drones
EHang’s Human-Sized Drone
photo via TechCrunch
Alpha 2 Dancing Robot
Indiegogo Campaigns at CES 2016
More than 125 Indiegogo campaigns exhibited at CES this year, ranging from new technology and working prototypes like the CHiP Robot Dog and Buddy Robot to established retail products like Misfit Wearables and Axent Wear Cat Ear Headphones. The Indiegogo Zone (Booth 80446 in Eureka Park) was home to 6 of our current campaigns and 3 of our partners, showcasing the road from concept to marketplace.
The Indiegogo Zone, Booth 80446 in Eureka Park
WowWee, makers of CHiP the robot pup, launched their campaign at CES.
We teamed up with Brookstone Launch to bring Indiegogo-funded products to retail.
Misfit Wearables, an Indiegogo alum, recently acquired by Fossil Group for $260M, had a gorgeous booth.
Indiegogo partner Shock Top hosted a happy hour every day!
Security pioneer John McAfee stopped by the Indiegogo photo booth.
Mars by Crazybaby drew a huge crowd wanting to see the levitating speaker in action.
Shaq stopped by the Bluesmart booth – we think he’d love it for traveling!
On Wednesday, January 6, 2016, we announced Enterprise Crowdfunding, a new way for businesses to accelerate innovation. Enterprise Crowdfunding will provide large corporations with specific services for engaging with Indiegogo’s vast audience of early adopters, entrepreneurs and makers to validate and optimize product concepts, as well as source new innovations.
A few examples of Enterprise Crowdfunding on Indiegogo include:
- Hasbro recently wrapped up its first crowdfunding gaming challenge, selecting the fast-paced family-friendly card game “Irresponsibility” as The Next Great Game grand prize winner.
- Shock Top helped pioneer Indiegogo’s new enterprise platform with the Shock The Drought program, developed to identify, fund and bring new water-saving technologies to market in response to the severe California drought. Since launching in August 2015, Shock Top has contributed to 3 Indiegogo campaigns to help promote water conservation efforts.
- GE’s FirstBuild ran 2 campaigns on Indiegogo to gauge interest and validate concepts, the Paragon Induction Cooktop and the Opal Nugget Ice Maker. These campaigns raised more than $3M and helped FirstBuild acquire more than 8,000 customers for these innovative products. The Paragon Induction Cooktop will be shipped to customers this month.
Both Shock Top and GE’s FirstBuild were part of the Indiegogo Zone in Eureka Park. Learn more about Enterprise Crowdfunding.
Indiegogo and CES in the News
Indiegogo campaigners and our major announcement at CES made headlines this past week. Here is an overview of some of the press coverage:
- CNET: The adorable robot that can teach you French and control your home (hands-on with the Alpha 2)
- Computerworld: Indiegogo launches crowdsourcing for big businesses
- Engadget: Indiegogo CEO talks crowdfunding, busts out push-ups
- New York Times: Global Brands, Taking Cue From Tinkerers, Explore Crowdfunding
- TechCrunch: Fusar Mohawk Turns Any Helmet Into A Powerful Smart Helmet
- Wall Street Journal: Indiegogo Courts Corporate Crowdfunders with New Services
- Forbes: The Five Most Disruptive Innovations at CES 2016
- Engadget: This wearable wants you to spend more time with your friends
- Gadgette: These cat ear headphones raised three million dollars on Indiegogo
- PC Magazine: Your Wish Is the Flic Smart Button’s Command
- VICE Motherboard: What is a Brewery Doing at CES?
- CNET: Livall’s smart bike helmet signals for you, and plays music too
- PC World: Hands on with Alpha 2, an ‘interactive family robot’ that tells bedtime stories and teaches yoga
- Men’s Journal: Skulpt Chisel: CES Unveiled Sneak Peek
- ReadWrite: 10 Incredible Products You Won’t Want To Miss At CES 2016
CES 2016 was a huge success, and we loved seeing all of the incredible products the Indiegogo community brought to the show. From fundraising to marketplace support, and even partnerships to help get your product onto store shelves, Indiegogo is committed to empowering you to bring your idea to life.
Inspired to get your idea into next year’s show? Download the free Indiegogo Field Guide!