Energy:Connected’21 postponed till May 2022
All partners, a predominantly part of the speakers and exhibitors have all ready confirmed that they will be a part of the conference in May.
– It was a sad, but right decision to make. Safety first is a governing principle in our industry, so there was no doubt in my mind that we had to postpone Energy:Connected, says Preben Strøm, managing director of Energy Valley after having decided to move Energy:Connected’21 to May 2022 due to the Norwegian government’s new regional restrictions.
– The response from our partners, speakers, and the 500 who have signed up for the conference, has been overwhelmingly supportive and positive. All partners are confirmed for May, and virtually all the speakers are confirmed for May already, and if all goes well we will have some new and interesting names to present as well, says Strøm.
The conference will be held 19 – 20 May 2022, and the 10-year Anniversary Dinner will be celebrated on the 19th of May.
Prepared for worst-case scenarios
– We have been monitoring the infection rates and the reports on hospitalizations since the start of November, and we have worked in parallel on a contingency plan and worst-case scenarios. So we were well prepared when the government’s new restrictions were introduced last week, says VP Communications and marketing, Elisabeth Skarsbø Moen.
– By choosing May instead of the alternative which March, we are more confident that the conference can be held and avoid another delay, she adds.
Energy:Connected is an important networking arena for the participants, the effect of this would not have been the same if it was a digital conference.
– It is of great importance and value to our community that we host a physical event and Energy:Connected is our number one networking arena. So that was never an option. We have – as many others – also experienced digital fatigue. People are longing to meet and socialize. The even will therefore emphasize this and be reflected in the event. There will be a feeling of the festival with music and culture when we see each other in May and we will host a 10-year anniversary dinner on the 19th of May, says Preben Strøm.
By postponing there also is a hope that all international speakers will be able to join in person at Scandic Fornebu Hotel in May.
If you have already purchased a ticket, it will still be valid in May.