CES Unveiled: Inside stories from 'the most powerful tech event in the world.'

Feb 22, 6:00 – 8:30 PM

CMS Glasgow, 1 West Regent Street, Glasgow City, G2 1AP

Every year hundreds of thousands of people descend on Las Vegas for CES (Consumer Electric Show) - 'The most powerful tech event in the world.’ This February once the dust has settled we're going beyond the hype and bringing you exclusive inside stories from those that were there.

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About this event

CES Unveiled: Inside stories from 'the most powerful tech event in the world.'

Every year Las Vegas become the global epicentre of innovation during CES (Consumer Electric Show), touted as 'The most powerful tech event in the world.’ This February once the dust has settled we're going beyond the hype and bringing you exclusive inside stories from those that were there.

Join us for an evening of innovation and inspiration as we unveil what it’s really like at CES through the eyes of Scotland's tech pioneers. Our stellar event brings together visionary founders and tech journalist to share their firsthand experiences from the world's largest consumer electronics show - 'The Global Stage for Innovation.'

What to Expect:

✨ Inside Stories: Hear captivating narratives from diverse founders, each with unique perspectives. Dive into their entrepreneurial journeys, deeptech challenges, and the exciting moments that unfolded on the CES stage.

🌐 Global Impact: Explore the strategies to showcase their startups on a global platform like CES. Gain insights into building a strong international presence, fostering partnerships, and navigating the dynamic landscape of the tech industry.

🎙️ Tech Journalism Unveiled: Unravel CES significance. Get a behind-the-scenes look at tech journalism, how stories are crafted, and media's role in amplifying startup journeys. Discuss CES2024 trends inc. boundless AI potential, industrial metaverse and digital health.

🧠 Lessons Learned: Ask first hand about invaluable lessons from CES – wins, challenges, and pivotal moments shaping founders' trajectories. Whether you're an early startup, scale-up or tech enthusiast, join us for an inspiring evening of collective growth and shared wisdom.

How to attend?

📅 Date: February 22nd, 2024

🕔 Time: 18:00 - 20:00

📍 Location: CMS, 1 W Regent St, Glasgow G2 1AP


Alasdair Keane - Tech Journalist

Alasdair Keane is a journalist for BBC News focused on all things technology and innovation. You’ll see and hear him reporting on the global technology programmes Click and Tech Life, a role that takes him to different parts of the world uncovering the latest tech that could change the future.

Alison Grieve - CEO & Inventor of G-Hold

Alison Grieve is a multi-award winning inventor and founder of G-Hold, an Edinburgh-based technology hardware company specialising in ‘The Science of Holding’.

Alison first invented retractable handholds for the foodservice industry in 2009 to prevent accidents involving toppling trays. Alison licensed the technology to a US major in 2012 in a $500k deal. This was followed by G-Hold; patented, ergonomic holders for any form of portable device, including tablets and phones, establishing manufacturing in Scotland and exporting over 200,000 units around the world.

G-Hold exhibited at CES eight times from 2014 onwards, and Alison returned in January this year as editor of Young Company Finance to cover technology trends and the Scottish companies exhibiting out there.

Alison sits on the Bank of England’s East of Scotland Panel, and is an advisory board member of the Edinburgh-based start-up Robotical and sustainable bio-waste materials start-up Alterwaste, which was acquired by US-based TGI in 2023.

Danny Kane - nooku

CEO of nooku, an AI-powered Indoor Air Quality platform, founded the company after his son's respiratory issues in a new home. With 15 years of experience in health product design, he aims to empower households with tailored insights and advice, addressing the lack of awareness about air quality despite the high asthma rate in the UK. Passionate about Human-Centered Design, Danny aspires to inspire the next generation to become Air Quality Champions through nooku.

Noel McKenna - Neuranics

Noel, has 30+ years in the international electronics industry, is a successful and influential CEO. He founded APT Ltd, a multi-award-winning startup, led Novalia in bringing interactive touch to life, and contributed to smart materials at Cambridge Mechatronics Ltd. As the CEO of Neuranics, Noel is driving innovation in neurotechnology for healthcare, gaming, and the metaverse. Leading a top-notch team, he focuses on building relationships, securing prototypes, and creating value in emerging fields with his expertise and leadership skills.

Jean-Francois Destexhe - MyWaves Technologies Ltd.

Belgian born serial entrepreneur based in Edinburgh, with a track record of founding and partnering with successful businesses. His ventures include Palamon International, a leading costume design company acquired by Li&Fung Trading PTE, and Green Delta Ltd, generating $34 million in revenue. Additionally, he is a partner in Concept 4 Ltd and Dassyn Creations Ltd, both thriving in the Hong Kong market. JF is currently driving innovation as the founder of MyWaves Technologies Ltd, revolutionizing sleep quality enhancement through personalized Delta-wave recordings.


1. Welcome

2. Panel Interview

3. Q&A followed by open mic session where any attendee is free to speak their mind or ask for a piece of advice (60-seconds each) from the community and receive feedback.

4. Continued networking session in which attendees talk to each other freely over some drinks and delicious food. There's no Startup Grind event where you don't leave with new friends and exciting connections.

Why attend?

- Share 2024 aspirations

- Learn from Scotland's leading startup founders & experts

- Catch up with friends and make new ones

- Free drinks and delicious food

- Share an ask with the community via our open-mic

Need more information on CES? Here are some numbers from 2024:

  • 2.5+ million net square feet of exhibits, 15 percent bigger than CES 2023
  • 4300+ exhibitors, including 1400+ startups within Eureka Park
  • 135,000+ attendees, a record 40+ percent from 150 countries, regions and territories
  • 5000+ global media and content creators
  • 60% of Fortune 500 companies
  • 250+ conference sessions with 1000+ speakers
  • CES 2024 Innovation Awards program received 3000+ submissions, a record high, and included AI as a new category
  • 25,000+ pieces of media content led to 160+ billion impressions of CES 2024

Check out what happened


  • Alasdair Keane



  • Alison Grieve


    CEO & Inventor

  • Danny Kane



  • Jean 'JF' Francois Destexhe



  • Noel McKenna





Thursday, February 22, 2024
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM UTC


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Let's Get Talking - Panel discussion
Open Mic Opportunity
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    Chapter Director


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