While no one knows how long the coronavirus pandemic will continue to have a major impact on the world, some drone conference organizers aren’t betting that things will significantly clear up by September.
The team behind World of Drones and Robotics Congress 2020, Australia’s premiere drone event, announced that they would delayed their 2020 conference (originally set for Sept. 17 and 18, 2020) until Nov. 12 and 13, 2020. (Team Drone Girl spoke at the conference in its inaugural year in 2017, and had a blast!)
And in addition to new dates, the World of Drones Congress 2020 organizers expect that the robotic applications related to coronavirus will be a hot topic at this year’s conference. New themes were just announced, and one of the top themes is “Coronavirus: Post-pandemic Workshop.”
The World of Drones Congress 2020 conference will also touch on other themes including:
- Local manufacturing and robotics: a global economic opportunity
- Emergency, disaster and humanitarian response
- Community, society and privacy
- National Drone Safety Forum
- Australia in Space
Meanwhile, Interdrone 2020 — one of the largest drone events in the U.S. — is forging on with its conference currently scheduled for August 18-20 in Dallas, Texas. And while AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2020 postponed its May conference due to coronavirus, the new conference will also take place this summer, set for August 10-12 in Boston. Yet another drone event, DJI AirWorks, is set to take place in LA from Aug. 25-27, 2020.
What happens to my World of Drones and Robotics Congress 2020 ticket if I already registered?
If you already purchased a ticket for the September event and plan on attending in November, your ticket will work for the new November conference dates.
If you purchased a ticket for the September event but will not attend the November event, you will instead be given a ticket for the 2021 conference.
While travel seems to be quite up in the air for most people, you may want to at least start thinking about whether you’ll attend now. Registrations made before June 30 will get a 40% discount ($540 for a full registration). Registrations between July 1 and Sept. 24 go for a slightly discounted rate of $765. Any registrations made after that will cost $900.
Keep in mind, if you aren’t a citizen of Australia or New Zealand, you will need to apply for and obtain a visa prior to your journey to Australia.