CEDIA Expo 2020 Canceled

Emerald (formerly Emerald Expositions) announced today that CEDIA Expo 2020, scheduled to take place September 8-12 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO, has been canceled. The event, which draws custom A/V and smart home technology integrators from the U.S. and beyond and also serves as a key launch platform for new products, follows a series of 2020 tech show cancellations, including Munich High End, AXPONA, and Rocky Mountain Audio Fest.

From the official email sent out by Emerald:

“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. CEDIA Expo 2020 was positioned to be the launch pad this year to re-energize the channel for the future.

"However, due to recent developments beyond our control, we made the difficult decision to officially cancel CEDIA Expo 2020, which had been scheduled for September 8-12, 2020 in Denver, CO. This is due to developments regarding COVID-19 including, but not limited to, the current status of the Colorado Convention Center as a medical care facility for non-emergency cases related to COVID-19; the latest federal measures, including guidelines on the phased reopening of the U.S. economy; the declaration by the WHO of COVID-19 as a pandemic; the number of confirmed cases worldwide and domestically; current quarantines, containment areas, stay at home orders, and restrictions on congregating and large gatherings imposed by states and other government and public health authorities; and 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.”

While the CEDIA Expo news comes as no surprise, it makes one wonder if CES 2021 while be the next tech show to fall victim to the global pandemic. We’ll be keeping our ear to the ground for news of that, but in the meantime CEDIA attendees can look forward to the CEDIA Expo virtual experience, which, according to Emerald, will launch in September and feature “session panels surrounding hot topics to keynotes, product discovery, networking and an interactive expo hall.”

The next in-person CEDIA Expo is scheduled for September 1-3, 2021 in Indianapolis, IN.