I’m writing this post from a very crowded and well under-resourced press/blogger room at CES 2010 (which we are covering with our sister publication Electronista. There must be 200-300 press reporters here on the advance press day for CES, but only 25 seats with outlets and probably 15 other tables with 3 chairs each (but no power). Most of the reporters are at the conferences, but how will they be able to write about the stuff?
The room is pathetic and nobody seems to care: no coffee, no electric outlets, very poor internet access, and little responsiveness from the staff (whose hands appear to be tied). Most journalists are resorting to sitting on the floor and some have even been told that that is not acceptable! Wait another few hours until their notebook batteries begin to dye and we’ll probably see a fight over the outlets. Not sure what happened, but this room is 1/3 to 1/4 of the size of the room of last year.
I WANT MY COFFEE and POWER.
PS Even the press conference rooms don’t have room for all the reporters who want to attend and people are stacked 10 deep to the conferences (which apparently have NO standing room).
Update: There are more people in the hallways, sitting on the ground and working, than in the press/blogger room itself. Apparently the WiFi is very flaky (thank god for WiMax and/or 3G cards) and power is really becoming an issue inside the room. Also no water (even to buy) near here!
Update: They finally restocked the coffee and the water, but WiFi continues to be a problem. These companies pay big money to hold a press conference and it’s a shame that CES doesn’t do a better job so that these people can work/write/upload their stories.
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