Trent Wolbe will be publishing daily photo essays from CES. This is the first in the series.

These days it seems like everyone is all about meeting up and nerding out. Music junkies lose their minds in the K-hole that Austin becomes every March, comic nerds let their freak flags fly in San Diego. Elite film appreciators flock to Robert Redford’s serene retreat in Park City, supreme art assholes learn about the future of being a supreme art asshole at Art Basel. The conference-festivals (sure, let’s call them confests) have become a subculture all their own, spawning whole economies and copycat events dealing with the microgenres that multiply and thrive in our modern information economy.