On behalf of the 2020 Innovations in Testing Planning Committee, as well as the Association of Test Publishers’ Board of Directors, we would like to thank you for your patience as we work through the unprecedented events that have impacted the Innovations 2020 Conference due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Reinventing a conference of this size, and at this late date, with its myriad of contracts and tangled web of reservations and agreements, is a complicated affair.
The very difficult decision to change the on-site conference to a virtual event was made Monday, March 9th when it became evident that the health and safety of our delegates would be compromised. The State of California reinforced that decision later in the week, on March 11th, when the Governor called for the cancellation of all large meetings.
In the true spirt of “Innovations in Testing,” the Conference Planning Committee began working immediately on a contingency plan to transform Innovations in Testing 2020 into a digital event. We were excited to be able to preserve the many hours of program planning, and to deliver the high-level content that had been planned for this conference. We identified, and even field-tested, an exciting, interactive platform called Shindig that will be able to bring you the content and speakers you were looking forward to and, at the same time, give you an unprecedented virtual experience.
This is not a typical webinar, but an interactive video chat platform that will allow everyone registered to “attend” the conference from the comfort of their office or home.
You will have the ability to ask questions of presenters and interact with other participants throughout this platform. Both learning and networking will be available! This unique platform will allow you to engage in ways that truly mimic the in-person experience.
In addition, for the first time, attendees will have access to all recorded sessions. You may attend any session during the virtual conference and watch the recorded sessions at a later time...and even share with your team. The decision to choose which great sessions to attend just got simpler.
This is a remarkable opportunity to put into play the technology and e-learning that our industry has talked so much about.
We were originally hoping to deliver this digital conference in late March, on the same dates that the original onsite Innovations conference was going to be held. But again – current events have interrupted our best laid plans. With children home from school, and staff within all organizations having to primarily focus on working through challenges that this unprecedented situation has caused within their businesses – we have again seen fit to delay this event until late spring or summer. We will have more information on this event soon.
Everyone registered for Innovations in Testing 2020 will be automatically enrolled in the new virtual conference. If you are interested in registering, please use the link on our registration page.
Stay well! Follow the COVID-19 guidelines! Details will be coming soon about final dates. In the meantime, check out the quick video on Shindig to get a quick glimpse at what you will experience!
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