People look forward to the DigitalLife Expo in NYC because, unlike CES, anyone can go. The Ziff-Davis hosted consumer electronics show was always geared towards regular people as a response to industry-only shows, letting anyone who wanted get a peek at all the new tech for the price of a trip to the movies. Unfortunately, people this year won’t get that chance.
Citing the recent economic downturn as the major reason for cancellation, the organizers expect the event to return sometime next year:
“After careful deliberations, we have decided to postpone the DigitalLife show scheduled for September 25-28. The poor economic conditions have created a very different and difficult dynamic for us this year and we weren’t confident that we could present a show experience that was consistent with the successes of prior years. Hopefully a bigger and stronger DigitalLife will return in 2009. We will make additional announcements about the future of the show when details are available.”
Ironically enough, with no mention on the site, people can still buy tickets to the now-defunct show. While it certainly wouldn’t be the first technology-related exposition relegated to indefinite postponement, it’s too bad that one so focused on letting everyone share the experience has to go.