As you may have heard, VCIA decided this week to move our Annual Conference in August to a 100% virtual event.
This decision definitely was not made lightly. VCIA Board, staff and Conference Task Force members labored over the facts, sought outside advice, and kept you all foremost in our minds through all the discussions. Though the full social and economic impact of the pandemic is still unfolding, we believe it will require recovery time to get back to “normal” for all of society, including our industry.
Going to a fully virtual conference is consistent with the uncertainty the next few months brings and the need to put public health first, and it also ensures the industry will have an opportunity to share important and critical information – especially regarding future pandemic risk management.
The response from our members of going virtual has been very positive. I know there are folks who think we may have made the wrong decision or that we should have waited longer before making the decision, and I understand their feelings. However, we knew if we were to bring you the best conference possible in a new virtual space, we needed to get out of the gate quickly.
By starting now, we are confident that VCIA will deliver a virtual event that satisfies your needs for top-level education and networking, our exhibitors needs to have their products and services seen, our sponsors desires to be associated with a leading enterprise, and the public health system’s need for social distance and caution. Presenting in a virtual space may also open up the conference to those who may not have been able to travel this summer. With corporate travel and finances being currently of concern, we hope this can be a helpful shift.
There will be much more information to come on conference specifics. For now, please bear with us and trust that VCIA has taken into account your needs. Your continued support will be key to the success of the conference, just as it has been for the past 30+ years. We are successful in large part due to the enthusiastic and committed involvement of you, our members.
When times are tough, the captive industry has a way of adapting. We are fortunate to be among such innovative professionals, like you. We will all get through this together.
Thank you and stay safe!