For the inventor trying to turn his or her invention into a new product, new product trade shows are key for getting in front of the right people: investors, licensing partners and more. Below we’ve listed the invention trade shows and conferences we most highly recommend for inventors looking to take their new product to the next level in 2019.
JANUARY8-11: International Consumer Electronics Show (CES)—Technology. Las Vegas Convention Center. 866-233-7968.
23-25: PGA Merchandise Show—Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla. 800-840-5628.
30- Feb. 1: ITEXPO—Telcom, IT professionals. Broward County Convention Center, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 203-852-6800.
2-7: SPIE Photonics West (Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers)—Biophotonics for brain research and health care; lasers; core optical components for consumer products. Moscone Center, San Francisco. 888-504-8171.
5-7: Medical Design Manufacturing West (MDM West)—Medical technology, from prototyping to full-scale manufacturing. Anaheim (Calif.) Convention Center. 310-445-4200.
5-7: MAGIC Marketplace—Fashion apparel, accessories, resources. Las Vegas Convention Center. 877-554-4834.
11-15: HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society)—Health care IT. Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL. 855-326-8342.
16-19: American International Toy Fair: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City. 212-675-1141.
19-21: International Builders’ Show (IBS)—Light-construction building industry. Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nev. 800-368-5242, Ext. 8184.
2-5: International Home and Housewares Show (IHA)—McCormick Place, Chicago. 847-292-4200.
3-7: OFC (Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition)—San Diego Convention Center. 855-326-8341.
4-8: International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE)—Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nev. 800-927-5007.
18-22: Game Developers Conference (GDC)—Video games. Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco. 415-947-6926.
20-22: Global Pet Expo—Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla. No phone contact for show; submit form online.
7-9: National Hardware Show—Las Vegas Convention Center. First-time exhibitors: 203-840-5363.
12-17: Society for Information Display (SID)—For products such as televisions and computer monitors. San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, Cal. 800-350-0111.
20-23: Interop ITX—For tech leaders. Business technology event consisting of five individual comprehensive IT conference and expos around the world. Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas. 866-535-8992.
2-5: IFT18 Food Expo (Institute of Food Technologists)—Food science professionals, processes, packaging suppliers. New Orleans, Lou.
4-6: Licensing International Expo—Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas. 888-644-2022.
9-13: Cisco Live—Technology. San Diego, Cal. 650-416-8768.
11-13: Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3)—Computer and video games. Los Angeles Convention Center. No phone contact for show; submit form online.
17-20: International Woodworking Fair—Material processing and design. Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nev. 404-693-8333.
4-8: AACC Clinical Lab Expo (American Association for Clinical Chemistry)—Laboratory medicine, technology. Anaheim, Cal. 703-631-6200.
19-22: SuperZoo Show—Pet industry. Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas. 626-447-2222.
23-25: PACK EXPO International/Healthcare Packaging Expo—Packaging, pharma production. Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nev. 571-612-3200.
23-26: Solar Power International (SPI)—Salt Lake City, Uta. 703-738-9460.
14-17: Global Gaming Expo (G2E)—Sands Expo, Las Vegas. 888-314-1378.
22-24: GSMA Mobile World Congress Americas—Core mobile technologies, consumer and industrial applications in the Internet of Things, more. Los Angeles Convention Center. No phone contact for show; submit form online.
No major events in November or December.
Note: Some events are not open to the general public. Contact shows for details.