Accelerate is going virtual in 2021
NetVU has made the incredibly difficult decision to move Accelerate to a fully virtual platform for 2021. Leading up to this decision, we carefully deliberated with and received feedback from various segments of our membership and volunteer committees; and reviewed all available considerations with regard to how we could be in compliance with CDC and public health expert recommendations regarding the possibility of hosting a live or hybrid Accelerate in 2021. With a clear path back to a fully live Accelerate unclear amid the ongoing pandemic, we began negotiating last month with our contracted cities and hotels for the next four years to see what could be done with regard to cancelation or moving the dates of Accelerate. Every possibility was considered.
The safety of our members, volunteers, exhibitors, partners, and Vertafore and NetVU staff is our top priority. At this time, we do not believe it is responsible, financially and regarding public health, to move forward with a live or hybrid Accelerate in 2021.
The good news is we just came off what we believed was an incredibly successful summer of Accelerate, entirely in a digital world. We learned a great deal pivoting to a virtual Accelerate this past summer and have full confidence that virtual Accelerate 2021 will be even better. We surprised ourselves by accomplishing in a digital world many things we did not believe were possible while also reaching a larger audience than ever before.
What does this mean for the future of Accelerate?
As the hope of a vaccine continues to grow and become a reality, we have adjusted future year commitments to the following:
2022 – Denver, Colo., March 28–31, 2022
2023 – Austin, Texas, May 4–9, 2023
2024 – New Orleans, La., March 31–April 5, 2024
We want to thank everyone for being flexible and working with us through these challenging times. We have every intention of making Accelerate 2021 an even bigger success than last year. We will share more as plans solidify.
We developed an FAQ to answer questions we anticipate you may have - access it here.