Following the exit of many leading exhibitors due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, the Mobile Electronics Association (MEA) announced today that it is rescheduling its largest event, Dallas KnowledgeFest, to December 10–12. The event had been scheduled to take place August 27–29.
MEA said that KnowledgeFest received a high number of pre-registrations, but the spike in new COVID-19 cases in the Dallas County area, along with several manufacturer cancellations, caused it to postpone the event. It also mentioned that international travel bans were a factor in the decision.
“Although the protocols were in place to assure a safe event, we respect the decision that many manufacturers regretfully made to not attend,” said Chris Cook, MEA President. MEA recently surveyed registered attendees and found that three out of four retailers had still planned on attending the event in Dallas, and the top three reasons for attending were Education Workshops, Manufacturer Training, and the Exhibit Show Floor.
In the meantime, KnowledgeFest in Indianapolis will be held October 8–10. Registration is open at KnowledgeFest.com for the next three events. Attendees will not have to register again for Dallas in December and will be contacted for confirmation before the event.