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While it likely doesn’t come as much of a surprise to those in the industry, CEDIA Expo 2020 has officially been cancelled for this year. There will be a virtual event of some kind in its place.
The news comes just weeks after Emerald, which owns and produces the event, enthusiastically announced that the show would proceed as planned and that Crestron would be returning to the show floor after a four-year absence.
In a prepared statement, Emerald says that many developments related to COVID-19 has resulted in the difficult decision to cancel the live event, which was to take place September 8-12, 2002. Developments include the fact that the Colorado Convention Center where CEDIA was to take place is currently being used as a medical care facility for non-emergency-related cases, as well as new federal measures, including guidelines on the phased reopening of the U.S. economy. Restrictions are still in place in terms of people congregating and large gatherings, and there are still company-imposed travel restrictions in place, which are affecting attendees and participating companies.
“Maintaining the health and safety of each of our customers, partners, and employees remains paramount to us,” says Emerald.
A virtual experience is in the works to take place in early September, and will include session panels on hot topics, keynotes, product discovery, networking, and an interactive expo hall.
The next in-person CEDIA Expo will take place September 1-3, 2021 in Indianapolis, IN, which is home to the CEDIA Association.