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Night into daytime: behind the scenes of CES 2013

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Friends, acquaintances, co-conspirators, everyone in between: thank you. It was a crazy week of newsgathering, photographing, video producing, showrunning, podcasting, binge eating, power-napping, and above all, storytelling.

What did we do? We lost ourselves in the Oculus Rift. We experienced a new form of existentialism with Qualcomm. We went behind-the-scenes at casinos to talk about the war on cheating. We gave Trent Wolbe a camera and told him to be himself. 2013 was the year that 4K televisions and 1080p smartphones paled in comparison to smaller, more unique products — many of which have their roots in Kickstarter projects (a new generation of hardware startups that would've been unthinkable even three years ago).

We can all honestly say it was the best CES yet for us, and it's all because of you. We're just about wrapped up without coverage and caught up on our sleep (for those not fighting post-event sickness, that is), and so it's a great time to thank everyone who made the show great and possible.

  • Intern Jacob Kastrenakes.

    Intern Jacob Kastrenakes.

  • Dieter Bohn returns from the CES show floor.

    Dieter Bohn returns from the CES show floor.

  • Amar Toor making an excellent counterpoint.

    Amar Toor making an excellent counterpoint.

  • Adrianne Jeffries continues her report.

    Adrianne Jeffries continues her report.

  • Michael McWhertor, a writer for Polygon, keeps his finger on the pulse of gaming at CES 2013.

    Michael McWhertor, a writer for Polygon, keeps his finger on the pulse of gaming at CES 2013.

  • News Writer Ben Kersey concentrating on an article.

    News Writer Ben Kersey concentrating on an article.

  • Talia Keren-Zvi, Nina Sokoler, and Jacob Kastrenakes.

    Talia Keren-Zvi, Nina Sokoler, and Jacob Kastrenakes.

  • Vox Media's Callie Schweitzer takes a quick break.

    Vox Media's Callie Schweitzer takes a quick break.

  • Nilay Patel and Vox Media Product VP Trei Brundrett after the CES madness.

    Nilay Patel and Vox Media Product VP Trei Brundrett after the CES madness.

  • Ross Miller and Nathan Ingraham heading out.

    Ross Miller and Nathan Ingraham heading out.

  • Editorial Operations Assistant Leah Sigler considers her options.

    Editorial Operations Assistant Leah Sigler considers her options.

  • Vlad Savov looking quite dapper as usual.

    Vlad Savov looking quite dapper as usual.

  • Tom Warren and ABC's Joanna Stern chuckle over some post-CES news.

    Tom Warren and ABC's Joanna Stern chuckle over some post-CES news.

  • Michael Shane taking a break from keeping Josh alive.

    Michael Shane taking a break from keeping Josh alive.

  • Josh and Nilay discuss breaking CES developments.

    Josh and Nilay discuss breaking CES developments.

  • Post Production Supervisor Regina Dellea and Oculus VR's Nate Mitchell demoing the Oculus Rift.

    Post Production Supervisor Regina Dellea and Oculus VR's Nate Mitchell demoing the Oculus Rift.

  • Regina Dellea (left), and VR's Nate Mitchell (right).

    Regina Dellea (left), and VR's Nate Mitchell (right).

  • Sean Hollister (left), Kimber Streams (right), and Tyler Gold (center) talk about the Oculus Rift.

    Sean Hollister (left), Kimber Streams (right), and Tyler Gold (center) talk about the Oculus Rift.

  • Paul Miller returns to the trailer with his trusty skateboard.

    Paul Miller returns to the trailer with his trusty skateboard.

  • Sam Byford flashes a smile.

    Sam Byford flashes a smile.

  • Chris Welch (left), Aaron Souppouris (center), and Talia Keren-Zvi (right) keeping high spirits during the crunch of CES coverage.

    Chris Welch (left), Aaron Souppouris (center), and Talia Keren-Zvi (right) keeping high spirits during the crunch of CES coverage.

  • Vlad Savov enjoying an off-camera salad without dressing.

    Vlad Savov enjoying an off-camera salad without dressing.

  • Nilay Patel, worrying about being a suit.

    Nilay Patel, worrying about being a suit.

  • Director Jordan Oplinger working his usual video magic.

    Director Jordan Oplinger working his usual video magic.

  • Director Billy Disney during a CES video interview.

    Director Billy Disney during a CES video interview.

  • Phil Knowlton and Stephen Greenwood editing a feature.

    Phil Knowlton and Stephen Greenwood editing a feature.

  • Developer Guillermo Esteves keeping the site running.

    Developer Guillermo Esteves keeping the site running.

  • Designer James Chae keeping The Verge a beautiful place.

    Designer James Chae keeping The Verge a beautiful place.

  • Reporter Ellis Hamburger app-snacking in the CES trailer.

    Reporter Ellis Hamburger app-snacking in the CES trailer.

  • Chris Ziegler deep in thought over self-driving cars.

    Chris Ziegler deep in thought over self-driving cars.

  • Senior Editor Thomas Ricker ensuring a steady flow of news in the meeting room.

    Senior Editor Thomas Ricker ensuring a steady flow of news in the meeting room.

  • Brendan Murphy steps away from his video editing station.

    Brendan Murphy steps away from his video editing station.

  • Leah Sigler busy keeping The Verge running.

    Leah Sigler busy keeping The Verge running.

  • Kyle Kramer, Executive Producer for Vox Media Studios, running between the trailer and the studio.

    Kyle Kramer, Executive Producer for Vox Media Studios, running between the trailer and the studio.

  • Adrianne Jeffries and her electrical-taped Asus trackpad.

    Adrianne Jeffries and her electrical-taped Asus trackpad.

  • Interns Joshua Cherkes (right) and Tyler Gold (left) in-between driving Verge employees to their destinations.

    Interns Joshua Cherkes (right) and Tyler Gold (left) in-between driving Verge employees to their destinations.

  • Justin Rubio writing a post next to his personal flotation device, the Galaxy Note II.

    Justin Rubio writing a post next to his personal flotation device, the Galaxy Note II.

  • Joshua Topolsky returns from The Vergecast After Hours.

    Joshua Topolsky returns from The Vergecast After Hours.

  • News Writer Nathan Ingraham.

    News Writer Nathan Ingraham.

  • News Writer Jeff Blagdon editing a story and enjoying a beverage.

    News Writer Jeff Blagdon editing a story and enjoying a beverage.

  • Nilay Patel discussing news with The Verge staff.

    Nilay Patel discussing news with The Verge staff.

  • Reporter Russell Brandom plots his course.

    Reporter Russell Brandom plots his course.

  • Sam Sheffer walking the CES grounds.

    Sam Sheffer walking the CES grounds.

  • Louis Sansano keeping an eye on the site.

    Louis Sansano keeping an eye on the site.

  • The newsroom.

    The newsroom.

  • Dan Seifert diligently checking the details.

    Dan Seifert diligently checking the details.

  • Sam Thonis (left) and Rhondo Manning (right) return from shooting video on the CES show floor.

    Sam Thonis (left) and Rhondo Manning (right) return from shooting video on the CES show floor.

  • A night scene from the CES grounds.

    A night scene from the CES grounds.

  • Evan Rodgers working behind the scenes.

    Evan Rodgers working behind the scenes.

  • Sam Sheffer in front of The Verge studio.

    Sam Sheffer in front of The Verge studio.

  • Bryan Bishop posing outside the trailer.

    Bryan Bishop posing outside the trailer.

  • David Pierce running the news in a fuzzy hat.

    David Pierce running the news in a fuzzy hat.

  • Ross Miller working in the video room.

    Ross Miller working in the video room.

  • T.C. Sottek getting ready to head back to the hotel.

    T.C. Sottek getting ready to head back to the hotel.

  • The elevator under the monorail station.

    The elevator under the monorail station.

  • A cab on the busy Vegas streets.

    A cab on the busy Vegas streets.

  • News Writer T.C. Sottek heading to the hotel.

    News Writer T.C. Sottek heading to the hotel.

  • Paul Miller looks up CES events the old-fashioned way (a book).

    Paul Miller looks up CES events the old-fashioned way (a book).

  • Nina Sokoler and Talia Keren-Zvi making labels.

    Nina Sokoler and Talia Keren-Zvi making labels.

  • News Writer Kimber Streams writing on a PC laptop.

    News Writer Kimber Streams writing on a PC laptop.

  • Reporter Adi Robertson works on a post.

    Reporter Adi Robertson works on a post.

  • Polygon Editor-in-Chief Chris Grant thinking about video games.

    Polygon Editor-in-Chief Chris Grant thinking about video games.

  • Thomas Houston expresses his love for PC cases.

    Thomas Houston expresses his love for PC cases.

  • Joshua Topolsky and Vox Media CEO Jim Bankoff talk business.

    Joshua Topolsky and Vox Media CEO Jim Bankoff talk business.

  • Video Editor Leanne Belgiorno (left) and Support Manager Chao Li (right) pose with some hats.

    Video Editor Leanne Belgiorno (left) and Support Manager Chao Li (right) pose with some hats.

Video Review

Extended Credits

Senior Producer of Events: Nina Sokoler

The Verge Product team is:

VP, Product + Technology: Trei Brundrett

Product Manager: Justin Glow
Developers: Blake Thomson, Guillermo Esteves
Designers: Brenton Laverty, James Chae, Scott Kellum
Support Manager: Chao Li

The Verge Video is:

Executive Producer: Chad Mumm
Head of Production: Kyle Kramer
Editorial Producer: Ross Miller
Showrunners (First! and Top Shelf):
Billy Disney and Jordan Oplinger

Live Producer: Brendan Murphy
Post Production Supervisor: Regina Dellea
Operations: Evan Rodgers

Production Coordinators: Talia Keren-Zvi, Lindsey Ferrier

Reports producer: Sam Thonis
Studio B producer: John Lagomarsino
Director / Editor: Graham Hancock,
Ryan Manning, Phil Knowlton,
Editor: Leanne Belgiorno
Graphics: Noah Shulman

Features Producer: Stephen Greenwood

Special Thanks to: Jim Bankoff, Marty Moe

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