The year 2020 has been devastating for industry and trade shows. MWC Barcelona was the first conference deciding not to open its doors due to Covid-19. Soon after, all the conferences around the world were cancelled, with many of them offering an online alternative. 

Now, already in August, many of us wonder what the future of conferences and exhibition shows will be in 2021. One thing is certain, as we resume activities and meet again in 2021, most likely we will have to adhere to some basic new rules to keep ourselves and others safe. 

Handshakes will not be part of introductions any longer. Instead, we can opt for a Vulcan greeting, just like Mr.Spoke in Star Trek, or just a simply verbal greeting will do. More people may opt to wear gloves, me included. This reminds me to how cool women look in older Hollywood movies, where gloves always were part of the daily attire. 

Masks. Oh, yes! The evolution of fashionable masks is inevitable. Who wants to attend a technology conference looking like a surgeon just coming out from the theatre? For this reason, I have purchased what I call my business mask. Just something less colourful and fun than my other pink mask. Although, I might make an appearance on my pink mask as well! 

I bet many of us will find it interesting and exciting to get back to the shows. I can't wait to see what will be innovative and exceptionally outstanding in technology trends 2021. What about you? 

-Susan  

 

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