XPONENTIAL 2020 Postponement
May 4, 2020
Dear AUVSI XPONENTIAL Community,
I write today with an important update regarding AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2020. For the past few months, we have all been focused on 'adapting' — to remote work, to social distance, to new business models, and to disrupted plans. Fortunately, ours is an industry long defined by adaptation. For 48 years we have witnessed how innovation and resolve meet challenges head-on to reshape critical missions and business operations for the better. Our commitment to supporting the unmanned systems community remains unwavering, so amidst the current global health crisis we, too, must adapt to fulfill that mission.
For the health and safety of our community, and recognizing the importance of XPONENTIAL to the advancement of your business and technologies, XPONENTIAL 2020 is now confirmed for October 5-8, 2020. In our assessment, August was too early for large gatherings and the shift will also allow additional time for restrictions to be safely lifted and some economic recovery to begin.
Unfortunately, we were not able to secure the needed convention and hospitality space to host XPONENTIAL 2020 in Boston. While we are disappointed to leave Boston, we are excited to confirm that we will be once again hosting XPONENTIAL in Dallas, TX at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. We anticipate great participation based on the attendance and engagement we experienced there in 2017, and our AUVSI Lone Star Chapter has already extended a warm welcome on behalf of the Texas unmanned systems community.
These changes will allow XPONENTIAL to remain the knowledge exchange and marketplace you have come to expect, while also enabling us to implement social distancing and other safety measures to keep all attendees safe. We will communicate additional details on those measures as they develop over the coming weeks and months.
We recognize that the shift in timing and location may make it difficult for some to join us in person, and our team has been exploring platforms to support a 'virtual' experience of the conference sessions, networking events, and trade show floor. You can get a taste of that content this week through out free series of webinars XPONENTIAL Virtual Sessions.
- If you are already registered for XPONENTIAL 2020, you will receive a separate message in the coming weeks to confirm your options for participation in Dallas this October.
- If you were selected as a speaker for XPONENTIAL 2020, you will receive a separate message from our Industry Education team to confirm your participation and any schedule changes.
- If you are an exhibitor for XPONENTIAL 2020, your account manager will be reaching out to discuss your booth location, as well as to provide an update on additional options and logistics.
Many of you will take note that today was scheduled to be the opening of XPONENTIAL 2020. And while we can't gather together in person this week, we can all continue fulfilling the mission of all things unmanned. You are supporting first responders. You are blazing new trails for deliveries. You are even shifting your production lines to provide life-saving equipment to those who need it most.
As you adapt to the immediate needs of your community and business, we'll continue to adapt how we provide the knowledge and connections that help you thrive.
I look forward to seeing you in Dallas. Until then stay safe and stay informed.
Brian P. Wynne
President & CEO