Digital Innovators’ Summit 2020 postponed due to COVID-19 outbreak

To run parallel to FIPP Congress in September

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Digital Innovators' Summit 2020 postponed due to coronavirus
Digital Innovators' Summit 2020 postponed due to coronavirus

VDZ and FIPP, joint organizers of the Digital Innovators’ Summit (DIS), announced that the 2020 edition will be postponed until September. This is due to the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 virus outbreak.

A news released by the organizers said, “We take the health and wellbeing of our attendees, speakers and business partners very seriously. The position in relation to the outbreak has significantly deteriorated in recent days, with public gatherings, mandatory quarantine and travel restrictions in place in a number of countries.

“With more than 60 speakers and several hundred delegates from 30+ countries ready to attend, and with support from committed sponsors large and small, we believe it is in everyone’s interest to postpone rather than cancel the summit. We have therefore decided to run DIS 2020 in parallel with the 43rd FIPP World Media Congress in Estoril, Portugal, September 14th-16th 2020. All existing delegate registrations will remain valid and, to thank you all for your patience and understanding, we will in addition provide free access to the FIPP Congress.”

This will be the first DIS held outside Germany but this is only a temporary measure. DIS in 2021 will be back in Berlin.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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