In an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending the cancelation of events that consist of 50 people or more for the next 8 weeks, Oregon Governor Kate Brown has issued an executive order prohibiting events and gatherings of 250 or more, and the University of Oregon has adopted a variety of mitigation measures including canceling nonessential events of more than 50 people. At Urbanism Next we respect these decisions and understand that we all have a role to play in limiting the spread of this virus. In an abundance of caution and with a desire to keep our community safe, we have decided to cancel the in-person Urbanism Next Conference originally scheduled to take place in Portland, OR May 13-15, 2020 and shift to an online platform. Ticketed attendees, speakers and session organizers, and conference sponsors will all be contacted directly.
We plan to have our next in-person conference take place in Portland in 2021 and will announce those dates as soon as they are confirmed. In the meantime, we are excited to host a virtual summit on May 14th in place of the conference. This summit will feature inspiring presentations from interdisciplinary leaders who are playing a leading role in navigating the future of our cities. We plan to follow up this virtual summit with a series of webinars throughout the year to feature some of the important presentations that would have taken place at our conference. Please visit the Urbanism Next Conference website in the coming weeks for updates regarding the virtual summit and webinars – including the schedule and registration information when they become available.
Thank you for your patience as we navigate this unprecedented situation. We appreciate our sponsors and the community of people who come together to support our work and participate in discussions around the impacts emerging technologies have on our cities. Stay healthy and we look forward to connecting with you throughout the year!