2020’s Upcoming Virtual Annual Industry Conferences


Editor’s Note: CES 2021, Consumer Technology Association’s annual trade show, is the latest event to switch to an all-digital format in the face of rising coronavirus cases in the US. 

Just because the events world has gone virtual, doesn’t mean it’s not spinning on. Many annual industry conferences have pivoted their live events into hybrid experiences, streaming keynotes and happy hours to attendees across the country—and in some states, welcoming in-person attendees for expanded itineraries. Check out what’s new and coming up down below.

CEMA Digital Experience Summit 2020

July 27-28, 2020

The Corporate Event Marketing Association (CEMA) Summit is bringing Nashville to your home office with its reinvented CEMA Digital Experience Summit 2020. Everything from keynotes, to breakouts, to 1:1s, raffles, live country performances (and happy hour!) will be pivoted to virtual format for attendees around the country. Tune in to learn how to rebuild your brand and to catch Smart Meetings CEO Marin Bright’s presentation, “Strategies for Adapting to PostCOVID-19 Trends in Meeting Industry.”

Register here.

2020 ASAE Virtual Annual Meeting & Exposition

August 10-12, 2020

The American Society of Association Executives’ (ASAE) has taken its annual meeting and exposition virtual for the safety of attendees. Register here to join thousands of association professionals and industry partners in a three-day virtual live event that brings keynotes, research findings and international meet and greets to your screen—as well as margaritas, yoga, puppies and penguins. #ASAE20

Cvent CONNECT 2020

August 25-26, 2020

What happens when you’ve scheduled more than 5,000 attendees to come together at the new Caesars FORUM in Las Vegas during an unprecedented spike in coronavirus cases? You reinvent your event. With safety at the top of mind, Cvent CONNECT is transforming its event technology conference—the largest in the world—into a world-class virtual event this August, offering industry-leading insights, as well as information on virtual and hybrid events.

You can register for Cvent CONNECT Virtual for free, here.

CES 2021

Jan. 6-9, 2020

Consumer Technology Association announced its decision to transform CES 2021 from a massive Las Vegas trade show to a digital global event without a physical element. While thousands of exhibitors have already signed up for and committed to CES 2021, the association instituted a refund policy and created an all-digital presence for the health and safety of all. Register to attend virtually for new products, speeches from hundreds of CEOs, experts and visionaries and networking with industry executives and leaders.

“We concluded it is simply not possible to safely gather over 100,000 people indoors with a raging COVID-19 virus and no real hope for a tested and widely available vaccine by January,” said President and CEO Gary Shapiro said. “Instead, we will spread the gospel of 5G, artificial intelligence, self-driving vehicles and new forms of mobility, digital and telehealth, resilience, robotics, drones, new forms of entertainment, 8K Ultra HD screens and smart TVs to the curious, entrepreneurs, investors, business and media who can access the best of CES from their homes and offices.”



While IMEX Group made the difficult decision to cancel IMEX America—originally scheduled for September at the Sands Expo, Las Vegas—they did leave attendees with a virtual experience gift that gives and gives. Enter PlanetIMEX. The video game-style simulation world features workshops, podcasts and educational videos from sustainability to networking and beyond. Plus, the fun, interactive online experience is always running, so you can discover key resources, online events and up-to-date news without the time restraints of a limited-day event. Happy clicking!