This time, there will be no last-minute wondering. The CSUN Assistive Technology Conference is going virtual for 2021.
The event was scheduled for March 8-12, 2021 at the Anaheim Marriott. Now, the entire event, like most other large gatherings, will be held online.
More details were posted in an announcement on the official conference website. "Along with all of you, we have hoped and waited to see if the COVID-19 global pandemic situation would improve and we might see some signs of a return to our previous way of life. Unfortunately, at this point, there does not appear that anything will change the current circumstances in the near future and allow us to hold next year’s conference as planned on-site at the Anaheim Marriott. As the pandemic continues, it has become clear that it is more important, and necessary to protect the well-being of our community. The health and safety of the CSUN Conference attendees must be our number one priority – and the best way to ensure that safety is to hold the conference in a virtual space."
No information on pricing and other details has been posted, though the call for papers will continue as normal over the coming month and a half.
The CSUN conference was a much smaller in-person event in 2020, as the Covid-19 situation was unfolding during the weeks leading up to the event. Many corporate sponsors canceled their attendance, and California was starting to introduce bans on larger gatherings by the end of the week. With thousands of attendees, many of which who are international travelers, CSUN this time decided to go virtual nearly seven months ahead of the event.
The Assistive Technology Industry Association conference in Orlando has also announced a virtual format for 2021, and many mainstream events into next year have also retooled their plans due to the uncertainty of the virus.Source: CSUN 2021 Virtual Conference Announcement
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J.J. Meddaugh is an experienced technology writer and computer enthusiast. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a major in telecommunications management and a minor in business. When not writing for Blind Bargains, he enjoys travel, playing the keyboard, and meeting new people.