May 19, 2020

[15 Musts for 2015] Part 1: Attend the International CES

Shane Watson
4 min
[15 Musts for 2015] Part 1: Attend the International CES

The 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is only five days away. FIVE DAYS. If you haven’t mapped out your must-see exhibits and signed up for every available keynote address and supersession, please immediately close this window and navigate to

This is the #1 must for tech execs in 2015!

If you haven’t purchased your passes, we suggest you catch the next plane Vegas, set up camp near the ticket booth, and pray to the gods of gadgets that it hasn’t sold out.

(Or just call the number on their website and speak to a representative—your choice.)

Owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) for the past 40+ years, the International CES is a forum for creativity and collaboration, connecting world-renowned business leaders and industry pioneers with entrepreneurs, investors, and more. The event has also served as the launching pad for countless inventions: History is both made and displayed at the International CES.

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Four days of demos, discussions, dinners and deals officially kicks off in Las Vegas on January 6th [cough, only 5 days left, cough]. Roughly 3,500 exhibitors and 150,000 attendees are expected to participate overall. So what will we get to see? 

Wearables, bendables, and printables, oh my!

Just kidding—sort of. Health- and fitness-focused technology continues to progress with great promise, and the wearables war is just getting started (those Apple Watch murmors are hard to miss).

Other trends we'll be looking out for include:

  • Auto tech
  • IoT
  • 4K UHD
  • 3D printing
  • Virtual reality
  • Context-rich systems
  • Omni-Channel
  • Smartmachines
  • Robotics

Both the CEA and the International CES celebrate and support the entire spectrum of consumer electronics, so the diversity of products introduced each year can be remarkable. A complete list of markets represented at the International CES can be found here.

As impressed as we always are with seasoned leaders like Toyota, LG and Samsung, we can't overlook the recent contributions of newer brands like Businessfriend and Smart Diet Scale. Consistent growth is key to the future success of any entity, and fresh perspectives are vital to that process.

The one to watch:

A single app that can consolidate and seamlessly maintain a variety of communication platforms sounds too good to be true—but there is no catch. The interface is sharp, clean and perfectly intuitive, and the platform itself is one of the most comprehensive we’ve ever seen. Check out their website and let us know what you think, either in the comments below or through one of our social media pages.


The ones to keep in mind:

World’s first patented smart food scale capable of calculating the nutritional value of the entire meal on our plate all at once. Would you purchase this? Check out their website and let us know what you think, either in the comments below or through one of our social media pages.
Little Luxury has developed and patented the world’s first ever Mini Water Cooler that both filters and cools tap water using a powerful ultra energy-efficient cooling system. Check out their website and let us know what you think, either in the comments below or through one of our social media pages.
nbryte has developed a universal tablet holder/stand that holds your tablet securely and hands-free in places like the bed or the couch – where you use your tablet most. Fits virtually any tablet. Check out their website and let us know what you think, either in the comments below or through one of our social media pages.

 (Company descriptions courtesy of The Official 2015 International CES)


Surrounded by the intoxicating glow of the Las Vegas strip, this remarkable event promises unimaginable innovations, awe-inspiring advancements and life-altering lessons from some of the greatest minds in the world. Still on the fence? As the event's main website says: “Explaining CES to someone who hasn’t attended is like explaining particle physics to a housecat."

In other words: Don’t be a housecat. Get your ticket and experience it for yourself.

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Jun 12, 2021

How changing your company's software code can prevent bias

Lisa Roberts, Senior Director ...
3 min
Removing biased terminology from software can help organisations create a more inclusive culture, argues Lisa Roberts, Senior Director of HR at Deltek

Two-third of tech professionals believe organizations aren’t doing enough to address racial inequality. After all, many companies will just hire a DEI consultant, have a few training sessions and call it a day. 

Wanting to take a unique yet impactful approach to DEI, Deltek, the leading global provider of software and solutions for project-based businesses, took a look at  and removed all exclusive terminology in their software code. By removing terms such as ‘master’ and ‘blacklist’ from company coding, Deltek is working to ensure that diversity and inclusion are woven into every aspect of their organization. 

Business Chief North America talks to Lisa Roberts, Senior Director of HR and Leader of Diversity & Inclusion at Deltek to find out more.

Why should businesses today care about removing company bias within their software code?  

We know that words can have a profound impact on people and leave a lasting impression. Many of the words that have been used in a technology environment were created many years ago, and today those words can be harmful to our customers and employees. Businesses should use words that will leave a positive impact and help create a more inclusive culture in their organization

What impact can exclusive terms have on employees? 

Exclusive terms can have a significant impact on employees. It starts with the words we use in our job postings to describe the responsibilities in the position and of course, we also see this in our software code and other areas of the business. Exclusive terminology can be hurtful, and even make employees feel unwelcome. That can impact a person’s desire to join the team, stay at a company, or ultimately decide to leave. All of these critical actions impact the bottom line to the organization.    

Please explain how Deltek has removed bias terminology from its software code

Deltek’s engineering team has removed biased terminology from our products, as well as from our documentation. The terms we focused on first that were easy to identify include blacklist, whitelist, and master/slave relationships in data architecture. We have also made some progress in removing gendered language, such as changing he and she to they in some documentation, as well as heteronormative language. We see this most commonly in pick lists that ask to identify someone as your husband or wife. The work is not done, but we are proud of how far we’ve come with this exercise!

What steps is Deltek taking to ensure biased terminology doesn’t end up in its code in the future?

What we are doing at Deltek, and what other organizations can do, is to put accountability on employees to recognize when this is happening – if you see something, say something! We also listen to feedback our customers give us and have heard their feedback on this topic. Those are both very reactive things of course, but we are also proactive. We have created guidance that identifies words that are more inclusive and also just good practice for communicating in a way that includes and respects others.

What advice would you give to other HR leaders who are looking to enhance DEI efforts within company technology? 

My simple advice is to start with what makes sense to your organization and culture. Doing nothing is worse than doing something. And one of the best places to start is by acknowledging this is not just an HR initiative. Every employee owns the success of D&I efforts, and employees want to help the organization be better. For example, removing bias terminology was an action initiated by our Engineering and Product Strategy teams at Deltek, not HR. You can solicit the voices of employees by asking for feedback in engagement surveys, focus groups, and town halls. We hear great recommendations from employees and take those opportunities to improve. 


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