After evaluating the ongoing uncertainty surrounding worldwide travel precautions amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, IABC’s international executive board (IEB), program advisory committee (PAC) and others throughout the association have made the decision to host the 2021 World Conference virtually. IABC’s priority is – and always has been – the health and safety of our community, and we believe hosting a virtual conference is the best way to protect this commitment.
The shift to a virtual experience, following the successful 2020 Virtual World Conference, is an exciting opportunity for our global audience to convene once again in an online space.
Of course, this decision was not made without considerable thought and planning – by making this decision now, we’re able to fully shift our focus to the virtual environment and the engaging, insightful experience we’re crafting for you. As you’ll recall, we made a quick shift last year from an in-person to virtual conference, and with this early decision, we are incredibly well-positioned to capitalize on the successful elements of last year’s conference and address areas we’d like to improve upon.
When will the virtual conference take place?
The dates for the conference are not yet final, however, we are still planning for it to take place next June.
When will registration open for the 2021 World Conference?
Registration will open in early 2021.
What is the fee to attend the 2021 World Conference?
The registration fee information will be released when registration opens in early 2021.
Why did IABC make the decision to go virtual now for an event happening in June?
Making the decision to move to a virtual event now affords us the opportunity fully shift our focus to the virtual environment and the engaging, insightful experience we’re crafting for you. As you’ll recall, we made a quick shift last year from an in-person to virtual conference. The IEB’s decision about next year’s conference enables the PAC and headquarters staff to use their industry and event experience to plan for an even more innovative event in 2021.
Will IABC be using the same virtual platform for the 2021 World Conference that was used for the 2020 World Conference?
IABC is evaluating numerous virtual event platforms – based on the needs and requirements for the World Conference – and will be making a decision on the event platform we’ll use in the coming weeks.
Where should I go to get the most up-to-date information about the World Conference?