The opening keynote address is one of the most prestigious speaking engagements in the tech world, and possibly business overall. It isn't unusual to have to arrive 3-4 hours early and stand in a long winding line, snaking down multiple floors of the Venetian Hotel Conference area to attend. Most years, the main ballroom at the Venetian is filled to capacity with throngs of press and tech geeks clamoring to hear every word about the next evolution of the digital transformation. For those who are not lucky enough to actually get in the room, overflow rooms are set up where you may watch the keynote on video screens. Last night, as Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg delivered a dynamic, powerful and optimistic speech, entirely about the 5G world, there was no live audience. Everyone was watching on screens.
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