The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG), Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, has announced new dates and a change of location for its annual AMUG Conference, which was initially set to take place at the Hilton Chicago, Illinois, USA, from March 14–18, 2021. The conference will now take place at the Hilton Orlando, Florida, USA, on the later date of May 2–6, 2021.
The decision was made to relocate the event due to the ongoing restrictions caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
“Our goal is to provide an in-person event, in a safe manner, to facilitate the exchange of information in the way that differentiates the AMUG Conference from all others,” stated Carl Dekker, AMUG president. “The AMUG Board is committed to planning for an in-person event and will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and related government restrictions at the federal and local levels.”
“The board has been developing alternate plans that will allow us to adapt to changes as developments occur that relate to COVID-19 and in-person events,” he continued. “Considering the current and projected circumstances, it was necessary to change the dates of the conference from March to May 2021, and to move the event to Orlando for a larger meeting.”
Tom Sorovetz, AMUG Event Manager commented, “The Hilton Orlando offers 249,000 ft2 of meeting space. Even with social distancing protocols in place, this property can accommodate a full-scale AMUG Conference, and it also affords AMUG the opportunity to host outdoor activities.”
In order to ensure that the in-person event adheres to safety protocols related to COVID-19, AMUG is working with an industry consultant for guidance on necessary safety precautions pertaining to live events, as well as the Hilton Orlando, state agencies and local officials.
Dekker noted that over seventy sponsors and 100 exhibitors are supporting the 2021 AMUG Conference by applying the commitments made for the cancelled 2020 event to the coming year. As a socially-distanced conference plan takes shape, AMUG will determine the number of openings for companies to participate. As a result, all new sponsors and exhibitors are being placed on a waitlist.
Supporting actions and supplementary programmes will proceed as usual. AMUG has an open call for speakers, and its Agenda Committee is selecting individuals for available speaking slots. The organisation’s scholarship programme is open for candidate submissions, and the group is now accepting nominations for its prestigious DINO (Distinguished INnovator Operator) Award.
Registration for the conference has been temporarily paused, but will reopen on January 6, 2021.
Further information is available via the event website.