Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) announced that it has been forced to move the location and the dates for its annual in-person AMUG Conference. The in-person event will now take place in Orlando, Florida, from May 2 – 6, 2021. The venue is the Hilton Orlando, a spacious, contemporary property.
Carl Dekker, AMUG president, said, “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. 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, said, “The Hilton Orlando offers 249,000 sq. ft. 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.”
To ensure that the in-person event adheres to safety protocols related to COVID-19, AMUG is working with an industry consultant for guidance and advice on all necessary safety precautions pertaining to live conferences and events. Additionally, AMUG is working closely with the Hilton Orlando, state agencies and local officials.
Dekker remarked that over 70 sponsors and 100 exhibitors are supporting the 2021 AMUG Conference by applying their 2020 commitments 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 programs are proceeding as usual. AMUG has an open ‘call-for-speakers,’ and its Agenda Committee is actively selecting individuals for the available speaking slots. The organization’s scholarship program is open for candidate submissions. And the users group is now accepting nominations for its prestigious DINO (Distinguished INnovator Operator) Award.
Conference registration has been temporarily paused and will reopen on January 6, 2021. For details, registrations, and submissions for recognition and participation, visit www.amug.com.
AMUG will provide a detailed FAQ regarding the live event and safety guidelines for the conference upon opening registration.