Washington Joins the CES [...]

VON Dr. Wolf SiegertZUM Donnerstag Letzte Bearbeitung: 13. Januar 2014 um 00 Uhr 55 Minuten


Bei den nachfolgend zitierten CES-Veranstaltungen vom 8. Januar 2014 waren nicht viele Teilnehmer im Publikum zu entdecken, die nicht aus den USA waren.

Und dennoch waren gerade diese beiden Veranstaltungen von besonderer Bedeutung. Und sollen es auch für jene seien, die sich mit den besonderen US-amerikanischen Verhältnisse vertraut machen wollen - und sollten.

Deshalb werden beide an dieser Stelle ausführlich dokumentiert, ergänzt um zwei kurzes Statement von Penny Pritzker, eines exklusiv für diese Seite.


In two separate SuperSessions, Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and the newly appointed FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will participate in an informal discussion with CEA’s president and CEO Gary Shapiro. Don’t miss these exclusive conversations.

Innovation: Keeping America Open for Business

January 8, 2014, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
LVCC, North Hall N255-257

The Obama Administration and Commerce Department are spurring economic and job growth through innovation, data, and trade and investment. Discover the core priorities of Secretary Pritzker’s new "Open for Business Agenda," which includes boosting innovation and our digital economy, driving R&D, protecting ideas, unleashing data, expanding trade, and growing a highly-trained workforce.


 The Honorable Penny Pritzker, Secretary, US Commerce
 Gary Shapiro, President and CEO, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)


Secretary Penny Pritzker this week attended the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), an annual showcase of the very latest in technology innovation. In addition to touring the floor, Secretary Pritzker participated in the "America is Open for Business and Innovation" Super Session, a one-on-one conversation with President and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, Gary Shapiro. Throughout the Super Session, Secretary Pritzker discussed the Commerce Department’s initiatives to strengthen America’s competitive edge by investing in innovation and entrepreneurship.

Secretary Pritzker highlighted some of the key ways in which the department works to promote innovation. For example, the department has undertaken great efforts to reform the patent process and reduce the patent backlog, and is moving forward with an aggressive agenda to support U.S. manufacturing. She spoke about the compelling economic case for immigration reform, and need for skilled workforce training. These efforts will help create the conditions that allow private sector companies to out-innovate anyone in the world.

Pritzker noted that the companies present at CES are critical to the strength of the U.S. economy. U.S. tech employment in 2012 totaled nearly 6 million, and the tech industry paid an annual average wage of $93,800 that same year. That is 98 percent more than the average private sector wage of $47,400. The app economy alone has created more than 500,000 jobs. [2]

Hier der LINK zu einem Interview, das Frau Pritzker in Las Vegas auf CNBC’s Julia Boorstin gab.

Und hier einige einladende Grussworte von Frau Pritzker an die VertreterInnen deutscher Unternehmen:

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One-on-One with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler

January 8, 2014, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
LVCC, North Hall N255-257

Join new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler and CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro for a candid conversation about Chairman Wheeler’s new post as Chairman of FCC and his visions for his tenure at one of the nation’s leading regulatory agencies. They will discuss spectrum issues, developments in broadband, competition policy and other critical issues impacting the consumer electronics industry.


 Gary Shapiro, President and CEO, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)

 Tom Wheeler, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Da ein unmittelbarer Zugang zu Mr.Wheeler nach der Plenumsveranstaltung eher unwahrscheinlich schien, wurde die an ihn zu richtende Frage als Karte eingereicht - und ausgewählt.
Sie lautetete, in Anknüpfung an die Aussage Wheelers, dass es in Washington noch zu viel analogue thinking gäbe:
"What is the difference between analogue and digital thinking?"
und wurde zunächst mit einem "Oh Wow!" [3] kommentiert.

Hier die Passage aus diesem Gespräch

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das nachfolgend nochmals in seiner Gesamtheit hier vorgestellt wird:


[1Submitted on January 9, 2014 - 2:00pm

[2Prior to her Super Session, Secretary Pritzker toured the conference floor. She visited the Eureka Park, which is the physical space for startups looking to gain footing in the consumer electronics industry. Many of the 200 exhibitors In Eureka Park used this opportunity to launch or showcase a new product, service, or idea. She also visited Cisco’s booth where she learned about the Internet of Things, which is projected to be 50 billion objects from household appliances to manufacturing floors by 2020. She tried out the new Snapdragon pen by Qualcomm. The pen allows users to write or draw on any flat surface and the writing or drawing will be simultaneously transcribed on user’s tablet. This enables the user to write or draw in ink on a notepad, but also have a digital copy for safe keeping or future editing. Finally, she stopped at Intel’s booth to look at their new wearable devices, which included a baby monitor.

Secretary Pritzker concluded her CES activities at a roundtable meeting with the CEOs and founders of 10 highly innovative technology, consumer electronics, and venture capital firms, including Mike McNamara of Flextronics, Josh Berman of BeachMint, and Sam Friedman of ParkMe. They discussed ways for the US to strengthen its competitive position globally and how the federal government can support American innovators as they adapt to changing market realities here and abroad.

Promoting innovation is one of the Department of Commerce’s top priorities and a key pillar of the "Open for Business Agenda." Innovation is the key driver of U.S. competitiveness, wage and job growth, and long term economic growth. Specifically, the Department is especially focused on skills training and protecting the digital economy to grow the economy, create jobs, and strengthen the middle class.

[3"Thanks, Mr. Chairman". WS.

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