The Consumer Electronics Show is one of the biggest trade show events in the world. It’s a whirl-wind of show and tell with brief nap times nightly bottles. (Did I just compare CES to being in preschool? Yes.) The show itself tends to be equal parts stressful and fun. The stressful part is amplified if you’re an engineer attending CES. That stress doesn’t start on the show room floor; it begins many weeks prior. So here are a few examples of what it’s like being an engineer during this joyous season of CES.