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What Events Are Going Ahead Despite the Pandemic?

By Veronique Colombani

A growing number of countries are reauthorizing large professional events including trade shows, conferences, exhibitions, and congresses. Here is a list of events moving forward in the third and fourth quarter of 2020, and early 2021.

 

Countries and states are reopening and some areas, recognizing the importance of large professional events to the global economy, have authorized them again.

Some event organizers are betting on this not being reversed, and are moving forward with large conferences and trade shows. A few of these events will offer both a live and a virtual experience, and some have already shared safety measures regarding Covid-19. September seems to be the first period considered safe for really large events attracting several thousands of attendees.

Here is a non-exhaustive list of major professional events that are scheduled for the third and fourth quarters in 2020 and the first quarter of 2021.

Please note: As countries update their policies constantly and planners might have to reconsider holding their events, check back for more updates. Help us make this guide better by submitting updates and inaccuracies to contact@eventmanagerblog.com.

 

Tech

BLACKHAT ASIA 2020

Type: Conference

Status: Scheduled

Prospective Date: September 29 - October 2, 2020

Location: Singapore

Typical Turnout: 2,800

International/Local: International

Measures: Nothing specific yet

Hybrid: Not specified

Source

 

CES

Type: Trade show

Status: Scheduled

Prospective Date: January 6-9, 2021

Location: Las Vegas, USA

Typical Turnout: 175,000

International/Local: International

Measures: 

  • keyboard_arrow_right Regularly clean and sanitize spaces, provide sanitization stations throughout
  • keyboard_arrow_right Enable social distancing by widening aisles in exhibit areas and providing more space between seats in conference programs
  • keyboard_arrow_right Issue best practices for attendees, such as wearing masks and avoiding handshakes
  • keyboard_arrow_right Limit touchpoints, e.g. through cashless systems for purchases and transactions
  • keyboard_arrow_right Evaluate solutions for contactless thermal scans at key venue entry points
  • keyboard_arrow_right Provide enhanced on-site access to health services and medical aid.

Hybrid: Yes

Source

 

CLOUD SUMMIT

Type: Conference

Status: Scheduled

Prospective Date: May 4-6, 2021

Location: Miami Beach, USA

Typical Turnout: 2,000

International/Local: International

Measures: Nothing specific yet

Hybrid: Not specified

Source

 

DIGITAL SIGNAGE EXPO

Type: Conference and Exhibition

Status: Scheduled

Prospective Date: September 15-18, 2020

Location: Las Vegas, USA

Typical Turnout: 4,000

International/Local: International

Measures: Partnership with the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), a state-run facility with advanced practices and procedures on how to maintain a safe and secure trade show environment.

Hybrid: Not specified

Source

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NTERPRISE CONNECT 2021

Type: Conference and Exhibition

Status: Scheduled

Prospective Date: March 22-25, 2021

Location: Orlando, USA

Typical Turnout: 6,000

International/Local: International

Measures: Nothing specific yet

Hybrid: Not specified

Source

 

GARTNER IT SYMPOSIUM/XPO

Type: Conference

Status: Scheduled

Prospective Date: October 18 – 22, 2020

Location: Orlando, USA

Typical Turnout: 9,000

International/Local: International

Measures: Nothing specific yet

Hybrid: Not specified

Source

 

IFA

Type: Trade show

Status: Scheduled

Prospective Date: September 3-5, 2020

Location: Berlin, Germany

Typical Turnout: 4,000 max (usually open to the general public, with 245,000 attendees)

International/Local: International

Measures: New safety protocols, not open to the general public this year. Divided into four stand-alone events that will house no more than 1,000 participants for each event per day.

Hybrid: Yes

Source

 

MSP EXPO

Type: Conference and Exhibition

Status: Scheduled

Prospective Date: February 9-12, 2021

Location: Miami, USA

Typical Turnout: 3,000

International/Local: International

Measures: Nothing specific yet

Hybrid: Not specified

Source

 

PARIS BLOCKCHAIN WEEK SUMMIT

Type: Conference

Status: Scheduled

Prospective Date: December 9-10, 2020

Location: Paris, France

Typical Turnout: 2,500

International/Local: International

Measures: Nothing specific yet

Hybrid: Not specified

Source

 

TNW CONFERENCE

Type: Conference

Status: Scheduled

Prospective Date: October 1-2, 2020

Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Typical Turnout: 20,000

International/Local: International

Measures: Increased cleaning and disinfection, medical team doubled to monitor the situation, emergency medical phone number for assistance during the week of the event, no-handshake policy, increased signage to inform attendees of basic hygiene measures.

Hybrid: Not specified

Source

 

WEB SUMMIT

Type: Conference and Exhibition

Status: Scheduled

Prospective Date: November 2-5, 2020

Location: Lisbon, Portugal

Typical Turnout: 70,000

International/Local: International

Measures: Nothing specific yet

Hybrid: Not specified

Source

 

BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION

ABC Convention 2020

Type: Conference and Exhibition

Status: Scheduled

Prospective Date: August 17-19, 2020

Location: Nashville, USA

Typical Turnout: 2,000

International/Local: National

Measures: Enhanced health and safety measures

Hybrid: Not specified

Source

 

FOAM EXPO NORTH AMERICA

Type: Conference and Exhibition

Status: Scheduled

Prospective Date: March 23-25, 2021

Location: Novi, USA

Typical Turnout: 8,000

International/Local: International

Measures: Nothing specific yet

Hybrid: Not specified

Source

 

NATIONAL HARDWARE SHOW

Type: Exhibition

Status: Scheduled

Prospective Date: September 1-3, 2020

Location: Las Vegas, USA

Typical Turnout: 25,000

International/Local: International

Measures: Enhanced health and wellness measures

Hybrid: Not specified

Source

 

NFMT FACILITIES MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE AND EXPO

Type: Conference and Exhibition

Status: Scheduled

Prospective Date: March 23-25, 2021

Location: Baltimore, USA

Typical Turnout: 20,000 - 50,000

International/Local: International

Measures: Nothing specific yet

Hybrid: Not specified

Source

 

FOOD & BEVERAGE

FOOD AUTOMATION AND MANUFACTURING CONFERENCE AND EXPO

Type: Conference and Exhibition

Status: Scheduled

Prospective Date: September 13-16, 2020

Location: Miami, USA

Typical Turnout: Hundreds

International/Local: National

Measures: Social distancing, safe food handling, clean sleeping rooms, and meeting spaces

Hybrid: Not specified

Source

 

SEAFOOD EXPO NORTH AMERICA

Type: Conference and Exhibition

Status: Scheduled

Prospective Date: September 22-24, 2020

Location: Boston, USA

Typical Turnout: 22,000

International/Local: International

Measures: Nothing specific yet

Hybrid: Not specified

Source

 

Miscellaneous

BIOMEDEVICE BOSTON

Type: Conference and Exhibition

Status: Scheduled

Prospective Date: September 16–17, 2020

Location: Boston, USA

Typical Turnout: 2,200

International/Local: National

Measures: Compliance with health and government operating procedures

Hybrid: Not specified

Category: Medical & Pharma

Source

 

THE MEETINGS SHOW

Type: Conference and Exhibition

Status: Scheduled

Prospective Date: October 19-20, 2020

Location: London, England

Typical Turnout: 5,000

International/Local: International

Measures: Nothing specific yet

Hybrid: Yes

Category: Meetings, events and incentives

Source

 

X4 SUMMIT

Type: Conference

Status: Scheduled

Prospective Date: Early Fall 2020

Location: Salt Lake City, USA

Typical Turnout: 16,000

International/Local: International

Measures: Nothing specific yet

Hybrid: Not specified

Category: Experience management

Source

 

IN CONCLUSION

Some organizations are moving ahead despite uncertainty surrounding the immediate future of large live events.

However, another ban of large mass gatherings is still very much in the cards if there is a sudden spike in Covid-19 infections or an increase in cases can be associated with professional events being allowed again.

Hopefully, as we continue to learn more about the virus and what might trigger it, some of the uncertainties will be removed and event planners will be reassured that they can indeed start planning large in-person events.

about the author

Veronique Colombani
Veronique Colombani is a Virginia-based writer.
In a former life, she was the Communications and Marketing Manager for a French IT company and planned her fair share of corporate events.
She now enjoys a quieter life, writing about the events industry.
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