Many women in tech are blasting the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) for naming Ivanka Trump one of its keynote speakers at its annual show in Las Vegas.
CES is facing backlash for giving Trump, who has never worked in technology, a prime speaking slot at one of the industry’s largest annual trade shows.
Cindy Chin, CEO of the consultancy CLC Advisors, criticized the decision to make Ivanka a headlining CES speaker by pointing out all the women in the industry who actually know something about technology.
“There needs to be more systematic representation of speakers across the board and not just for keynotes,” she told the publication. “It would be better if the background of the keynote speaker actually fit the industry it is serving and inspirational rather than talking heads and political.”
Programmer Brianna Wu, who is now a Democratic candidate for Congress in Massachusetts, wrote that Ivanka’s CES appearance might make this year’s show even worse than last year’s, which focused primarily on connected toilets.
Here are some of the reactions:
The top headlines from #CES last year were internet connected toilets.
CES 2020 isn’t looking better. https://t.co/Msqh7VMtaS
— Brianna Wu (@BriannaWu) December 29, 2019
Hmmm so this Ivanka CES announcement and her appearance on Face the Nation today is interesting. I think she really may be trying to “formally” run for something. 🤔🤨
— Kimberly Bryant (@6Gems) December 30, 2019
— Chey "Cyber Cassandra" Cobb (@chey_cobb) December 29, 2019