2020’s Upcoming Virtual Industry Conferences


Editor’s Note: 10/17/20 Updated with new speakers for C2, Global DMC Partners Virtual Connection and BestCities Global Forum. 

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.

C2 Online-Montreal 2020

Oct. 19-30

The flagship event for C2 will focus on Resilience: Finding Opportunity in Adversity and will feature actress and activist Jane Fonda, author Malcolm Gladwell, entrepreneur Gary “GaryVee” Vaynerchuk and esports professional Stephanie Harvey. Just announced, actress Gwyneth Paltrow will talk about how to engage by being attuned to the zeitgeist. The platform will feature five curated, interest-based tracks, including accelerating innovation, exploring the new normal, reimagining the experience economy, reconnecting with your community and correcting power imbalances. It will stretch over 10 days and include workshops tackling real-world challenges content on-demand and Braindate connections.

Event Tech Live 2020

Nov. 2-6

Event Tech Live is a free hybrid event will take place online for five days and in-person at Old Truman Brewery in London for two of the days. It will feature more than 100 sessions on planning virtual and hybrid meetings.

MPI World Education Conference

Nov. 3-6

MPI has added a digital component to its annual conference in Grapevine, Texas. The hybrid format will deliver on the Reunite for Recovery theme by featuring industry leaders Jason Dunn Sr., chair of the national Coalition of Black Meeting professionals; David Allison, founder of Valuegraphics; and Susan Robertson, president and CEO of ASAE.

Global DMC Partners Connection 2020

Nov. 9-10

In partnership with Total Brand Experience, Global DMC Partners presents an educational event fulled with best practices for live, hybrid and virtual events. Results from the Meetings & Events Pulse Survey will be released.

FICP: Reimagined

Nov. 16-18

The planned FICP Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. will feature education an breakouts about ensuring long-term professional impact. Information and registration is available here.

BestCities Global Forum 2020

Nov. 17-19

International associations and destination partners will gather virtually to knowledge-share, collaborate and network around the theme of “transform, engage and impact.” The gathering will feature future strategist Michel Mol. Registration is open now.

IAEE Hybrid Expo! Expo! 2020

Dec. 8-10

While “the show of shows” is still expected in person at Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville with reduced capacity and -foot distancing, the three days of education and marketplace will also be accessible as a streaming experience.

IBTM World Virtual

Dec. 8-10

Originally planned for Barcelona, IBTM World Virtual will include one-to-one meetings and targeted education sessions.

Learn more here.

CalSAE Seasonal Spectacular 2020

Dec. 15-16

California Society of Association Executives (CalSAE) announced that the tradeshow and educational event, Seasonal Spectacular, normally held in Sacramento will be virtual with registration opening in October.

CES 2021

Jan. 6-9

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.”

ADMEI 2021 Annual Conference

Feb. 23-24

Association of Destination Management Executives International annual conference Recharge: Plug in Virtually.


Happy streaming!