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Thousands of Products to Debut at CES 2017, Which Ones Will Stand the Test of Time?
Crowds and Experts Get Together to Decide the Fate of Products in Last Gadget Standing and Mobile Apps Showdown
Call for Entries Now Open for Highly Anticipated CES Events

NEW YORK, Sept. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Living in Digital TimesLast Gadget Standing, now in its 16th year at CES, and Mobile Apps Showdown are now accepting nominations to separate the fads from the fantastic, and choose the most innovative technologies and apps from the thousands of products launched this year at CES® 2017.  

Representatives with iHeartLocal pictured with Yahoo! Tech founder and event emcee David Pogue, celebrate after being named the Mobile Apps Showdown live event and online winner at CES 2016.

"Each year thousands of new products are launched at CES. Some thrive; others wither. We believe that the crowds can spot a winner when they see one, so we invite a selection of the top products at CES to strut their stuff while the audience votes (both online and in the audience)," said Robin Raskin, founder and president, Living in Digital Times. 

Products entered into the competition reach an international community of expert judges, tech journalists, potential partners, investors and technophiles, who are some of the biggest names in their fields.

Last year's Last Gadget Standing live event winner was  VUZE 3D and 360° Camera the first consumer, portable 360° 3D VR camera and software studio that brings immersive content creation to the masses, while the online winner was awarded to The Ripple Maker, an IoT device that turns every cup of coffee into an extraordinary experience. Using coffee extract, the Ripple Maker creates stunning designs atop the foam of a cappuccino or latte, in a matter of seconds. Last year's Mobile Apps Showdown live event and online winner was iHeartLocal, providing small businesses with a free Customer Relationship System to help grow their business in three easy steps: connect, retain and reengage your current and new customers.

In addition to the judges, an online audience makes their voices heard by voting for the products they believe will endure the test of time. Finalists ultimately compete in a live presentation on Saturday, January 7. With roars and cheers of encouragement and excitement from the audience, the live event is a true celebration of all that is great in tech innovation today.

Returning for a second year to emcee is David Pogue, founder of Yahoo! Tech and a guy who knows a good gadget when he sees one.

Last Gadget Standing

10:30 AM - Noon, Saturday, January 7; LVCC, North Hall, N257

One of the most anticipated events at CES, where finalists will fascinate, captivate and become indispensable.

Who Should Enter: CES exhibitors and participants who believe their gadgets have what it takes to win a live and online contest determining the "most likely to succeed product." The hottest new gadgets will compete to showcase how they are pioneering change and innovation in the digital landscape. 10 finalists are selected by a panel of expert judges and will be invited to CES for a live competition to demo their gadgets. Products should be new – not older than 2016, and must be shipping by Q2 of 2017. Winners will be chosen by audience vote online and at the live event.  To apply, go here.

Fee: $900 for 1 entry; $1,700 for 2 entries; $2,400 for 3 entries.

Deadline to Enter: December 15.

See a history of the winners or view last year's show.

To view the list of judges, go here.

Mobile Apps Showdown

12:30-2 PM, Saturday, January 7; LVCC, North Hall, N257

Now in its eighth year, this friendly yet fierce competition showcases the innovation and ingenuity of today's app builders.

Who should enter: CES exhibitors and participants who feel that their mobile app has what it takes to win a live and online contest determining the "most likely to succeed app." iOs, Android and Windows 8, as well as apps that power hardware, eyewear, wristwear and bodywear, will be accepted. Apps will be evaluated by editorial judges to determine five finalists. Winners will be determined by an audience vote online and at the live event. To apply go here.

Fee: 1 app $600; 2 apps $1,100; 3 apps $1,500

Deadline to Enter: December 12.

See a history of the winners or view last year's show.

To view a list of judges, go here.

For updates on the Last Gadget Standing competition, follow Last Gadget Standing on Twitter at @GadgetLast and keep an eye on hashtag #LastGadget. For updates on the Mobile Apps Showdown competition, watch hashtag #AppsShowdown.

Tweet this: Is your product ready for the spotlight? Entries now open for 16th annual #LastGadget Standing at #CES2017.

About Living in Digital Times
Founded by veteran technology journalist Robin Raskin, Living in Digital Times brings together the most knowledgeable leaders and the latest innovations impacting both technology and lifestyle. It helps companies identify and act on emerging trends, create compelling company narratives, and do better business through strong network connections. Living in Digital Times produces technology conferences, exhibits and events at CES and other locations throughout the year by lifestyle verticals. Core brands include Digital Health Summit, Fitness Tech, Baby Tech, Kids@Play, Family Tech Summit, TransformingEDU, MommyTech TV, Beauty Tech, Wearables and FashionWare runway show, Mobile Apps Showdown, Last Gadget Standing, Robots on the Runway and the KAPi Awards. The company also works with various foundations and manages the Appreneur Scholar awards program for budding mobile entrepreneurs, as well as the 10 Under 20: Young Innovators to Watch awards recognizing student STEAM innovations in New York City. For more information, visit and keep up with our latest news on Twitter, Linkedin and Facebook.

About CES:

CES is the world's gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years—the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. As the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the industry. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM, the technology trade association representing the $287 billion U.S. consumer technology industry, it attracts the world's business leaders and pioneering thinkers. Check out CES video highlights. Follow CES online at and on social.

Media Contact: 
Karen Pineman
LKPR, Inc. for Living in Digital Times 
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Which products will stand the test of time?  Call for entries for Last Gadget Standing and Mobile Apps Showdown, produced by Living in Digital Times, at CES 2017.


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