CEDIA Cancels Tech Summits for March & April

Due to COVID-19, the association has called off Tech Summits scheduled for Woodland Hills, Calif.; Irvine, Calif.; Dallas; and Houston.

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CEDIA has announced that due to the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak it will be canceling its upcoming Tech Summits scheduled to take place in March and April.

The move follows the previous cancellation of the Vancouver Tech Summit that was slated for March 12.

The association recently addressed members of its community about COVID-19 after it was found that an attendee of both its Florida Tech Summits in Fort Lauderdale and Tampa, held in late February, had tested positive for the virus.

“CEDIA would like to express our concern for everyone impacted by the COVID-19 coronavirus,” the associated stated in the Tech Summits cancellation announcement.

“After close monitoring of ongoing developments and recent reports from public health officials nationally and locally, CEDIA has decided to cancel the following Tech Summits:

Woodland Hills, CA – March 31, 2020
Irvine, CA – April 2, 2020
Dallas, TX – April 14, 2020
Houston, TX  – April 16, 2020 

“The health and safety of our staff and anyone planning to attend our events is of the utmost importance to CEDIA. As such, we believe this is the most prudent action to take at this time. CEDIA is working with venues to reschedule the Texas and California events and will communicate new dates as they are confirmed.” 

Monitoring Coronavirus Situation; Other Summits Still on Tap

The association added that it is closely monitoring and following the travel and safety advice and precautions recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as by relevant government health agencies at a regional and local level. 

“As of today, the remaining 2020 Tech Summits will take place as scheduled,” according to the statement. “This situation is very fluid right now and should a cancellation or a reschedule need to occur, we will notify all relevant participants and attendees.”

Other Tech Summits on the schedule for 2020 include: Toronto (May 14), Chicago (September 24), New York (Melville, October 6), New Jersey (Elizabeth, October 8), Boston (October 27), and Atlanta (November 12).

CEDIA’s UK Tech Summit in London set for March 31 has also been postponed. Other UK stops still in the plans include Edinburgh (June 2) and Leeds (October 15).