Denver, CO (June 2, 2020)—As with so many AV and pro audio industry events this year, CEDIA Expo 2020 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers made the announcement Monday, citing the need to ensure that business could be conducted in “a safe and healthy environment”—something that’s anything but certain in the current climate.
CEDIA Expo 2020 was originally scheduled for September 8-12, 2020 in Denver, CO, where it would have been held at the Colorado Convention Center. The facility is currently being used as a medical care facility for non-emergency cases related to COVID-19. Citing this along with a litany of other outstanding factors, including changing guidelines on phased re-openings, restrictions on large gatherings and company-imposed travel restrictions placed on employees, convention organizers opted to pull the plug and wait until 2021 for the next in-person convocation.
In light of the not entirely unexpected changes, the association will continue to offer the originally planned virtual portion of CEDIA Expo 2020, expanding it in order to both meet a larger demand and also create more of an offering for attendees and virtual exhibitors. To wit, the association noted, “The CEDIA Expo virtual experience will launch in September and offer everything you need to take your residential tech business to the next level, from session panels surrounding hot topics to keynotes, product discovery, networking and an interactive expo hall.”
While this year’s convention will not be held in Denver, CEDIA complimented the convention center, noting, “The Colorado Convention Center and Visit Denver have been gracious hosts to CEDIA Expo and have always embraced our community.” With trade shows in flux, much like the economy and pandemic, the organization has opted to give itself and the industry a considerable lead time until the next in-person event, which is now scheduled to take place September 1-3, 2021 in Indianapolis, IN – home to the CEDIA Association.
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