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Here’s who’s repping the DC region at CES 2023

Twenty companies from the DMV will be exhibiting at the national tech conference. Armored Fresh CEO Andrew Yu spoke to us about his plans for the show.

Conference attendees. (Photo by Pixabay user 정훈 김, used via a Creative Commons license)

CES — the world’s largest tech trade show — kicks off in Las Vegas, Nevada. And there’s no shortage of DMV-area companies showing their stuff as exhibitors and attendees.

This year, an expected crowd of more than 3,000 exhibitors and 100,000 attendees will show out for the massive conference covering all things tech. The event takes place Jan. 5-8 and features a mix of manufacturers, developers, suppliers, consumer tech developers and other industry-relevant professionals.

McLean, Virginia’s Armored Fresh, an alternative dairy company, first debuted its dairy-free cheese at CES 2022. This year, it plans to unveil two new developments: a sliced American-style cheese and a feature that helps its product mimic the melt-in-your-mouth effect of real cheese.

Although CEO Andrew Yu said an experience at CES is very dependent on an objective for attending, he did advise newcomers to make sure to soak up all they can in the few days of the conference.

“For me, it’s all about gathering information,” Yu told in an email. “Lots of times we get caught up in our own silos; it’s great to get out and see what others are doing, and CES is a great place where you get to see everyone come together to showcase their goodies. Just enjoy the experience.”

Below, find out who else from the DMV will be showing their stuff at CES 2023.

From DC:

  • Advanced Television Systems Committee: The international nonprofit develops standards and recommended practices for digital terrestrial broadcasting.
  • AgeTech Collaborative from AARP: The AgeTech Collaborative finds early-stage startups in age tech and connects them with enterprises, testbeds and investors.
  • AI Squared: The company helps teams integrate AI capabilities into their applications.
  • Centeye: The defense company provides miniature and nano drones with visual sensing for autonomy in difficult and subterranean environments.
  • Identity Pass: Identity Pass develops KYC, KYB and AML solutions (all of which refer to trust and security processes for transactions) in emerging markets.
  • SelectUSA: Led by the Department of Commerce, SelectUSA is a government program focused on facilitating job creation and economic development.
  • The inter-agency program specializes in education and outreach on intellectual property.


  • Origin AI: Based in Greenbelt, Origin developed several applications to help companies build wifi-based smart homes and health and well-being solutions.
  • The Bethesda company automates review monitoring and analytics from e-commerce sites.


  • Tysons-based is a cloud-based home automation and monitoring services company.
  • American Registry for Internet Numbers: The Centreville nonprofit manages the distribution of internet number resources in North America and Caribbean island nations.
  • Cell Gel Mounts: Based in Mechanicsville, Cell Gel develops products to mount technology and other items to flat surfaces.
  • Consumer Technology Association (CTA): The Arlington association is a trade organization for all kinds of tech companies. CES is owned and produced by the CTA.
  • Dito: Dito is a Reston, Virginia IT think tank for smart cloud technologies.
  • MAXSA Innovations: Based in Fairfax, MAXSA develops technology for cars that helps driver park properly, avoid getting stuck and reduce rear-end collisions.
  • Presage Technologies: The Herndon healthtech company develops software for a more efficient process for vital sign measurements through video.
  • Raz Mobility: Tysons-based RAZ created a cell phone for those with cognitive decline.
  • Sheeva.AI: Sheeva.AI, located in Vienna, built an in-car payment and commerce software using geolocation technology for services like refueling, vehicle charging and curbside pickup.
  • Virginia Tech Transportation Institute: Virginia Tech’s institute develops transportation innovation, partnering with industry companies and the government to build and assess technology.

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