Just when you thought it was safe to go back to a trade show…

CEDIA Expo 2020, the annual trade show for the custom electronics designers and installers industry, was officially canceled as a physical event for this year Thursday by show organizers facing on-going COVID-19 complications.

The show, which is operated by Emerald Expositions for the CEDIA industry, was previously scheduled to have taken place Sept. 8-12th at the Denver Convention Center. But the center continues to be used as a medical care facility for non-emergency cases related to the coronavirus, by order of governor of Colorado. That among other issues related to the virus made it impossible for the show to continue, organizers announced.

Among the numerous other listed concerns were: the latest federal measures that include guidelines on the phased reopening of the U.S. economy, official declaration by the World Health Organization of COVID-19 as a pandemic, the number of confirmed cases nationally and internationally, government restrictions on congregating and large gatherings, and other concerns.

“With every event we produce, our goal is the same; deliver our customers the most effective opportunities to conduct business and enhance the vitality of this industry through innovation, networking, and education – in a safe and healthy environment,” the show organizers said in a statement.

The announcement also listed as a factor the various company-imposed travel restrictions on employees affecting attendees and participating companies.

“Maintaining the health and safety of each of our customers, partners, and employees remains paramount to us,” the statement reads. “The Colorado Convention Center and Visit Denver have been gracious hosts to CEDIA Expo and have always embraced our community. We wish them the best as they continue to service the local Denver and Colorado state population during this difficult time. While we are deeply disappointed that we will not be coming together in person this September, we are committed to keeping you connected and are already hard at work developing a virtual experience for our connected tech community.”

In place of the physical show, Emerald announced a “CEDIA Expo virtual experience will launch in September and offer everything you need to take your residential tech business to the next level.”

This will feature session panels surrounding hot topics to keynotes, product discovery, networking and an interactive expo hall, the event organizers said.

The announcement said the next in-person CEDIA Expo will take place September 1-3, 2021 in Indianapolis, IN, where the Consumer Electronics Designers and Installers Association is headquartered.

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The cancellation follows the recent announcement that the IFA Berlin 2020 international technology show will take place as a physical, though significantly scaled-back, trade show inside the Berlin, Germany fair grounds just a few days before CEDIA was to have taken place. That show is putting a cap on 5,000 total people split up among different technology halls each limited to 1,000 at a time. Much of those allowed in will be a limited number of invited press (800 at a showcase).

Those events will be streamed live to the world and open to all to view.

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By Greg Tarr

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