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IoT World Novel Coronavirus Updates

INTERNET OF THINGS WORLD IS OFFICIALLY POSTPONED AND RESCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 10 - 13, 2020

Update 3.11: INTERNET OF THINGS WORLD IS OFFICIALLY POSTPONED AND RESCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 10 - 13, 2020

On March 9, the County of Santa Clara issued an order to cancel gatherings over 1,000 attendees up until April 1, 2020. On March 10, the local state of emergency was extended to April 9, but the order on cancelling large gatherings remains at April 1.

Despite IoT World occurring after the timeframe of the current order, the situation around COVID-19 is evolving rapidly as are your corporate travel considerations. After close consultation with our partners in the IoT community, and as part of our Managed Postponement Program we have made the difficult decision to postpone Internet of Things World and rescheduled for August 10 - 13, 2020.

Having spent the past year preparing for the event with our advisors, speakers, exhibitors and event partners, we’re genuinely disappointed not to be able to host you as planned in April, but the experience and safety of our community and everyone involved in the event continues to be our top priority.

IoT World has officially been rescheduled to the dates of Monday August 10 – Thursday August 13, 2020 at the San Jose Convention Center. Exhibitors, Speakers and Attendees will be contacted imminently with further information.

We understand there will be a lot of questions and concerns following this announcement. 

For attendees, we will automatically transfer your registration to the August event. For questions and concerns, please contact iotevent@informa.com.

For exhibitors and sponsors, we will transfer your program to the August event. Your Account Manager will be reaching out personally this week to discuss your immediate questions. We continue to work diligently to ensure all details are buttoned down and we thank you for your patience.

As always, we would like to thank everyone who helps to make the event possible and recognize that our event does not happen without your support. We appreciate the open discussions and encouragement. The conversations we’ve had over the last several days have proven how lucky we all are to be part of this supportive industry.

Thank you,

Zach Butler, Portfolio Director, IoT, Informa Tech

For our Exhibiting Customers, Here is What We Know so Far:

Unfortunately, this is causing a big disruption to our entire vendor ecosystem, and all parties involved are working to come up with processes and systems. We stand with you during this challenging time and will continue to post updates as we receive them.

What happens with my orders with official show vendors such as Freeman, Visit/GES (registration/lead retrieval) and Metro MultiMedia AV?

We are working with our vendor partners to finalize details around these orders. It may take a bit of time to provide the official processes, so we appreciate your patience as we work through finalizing what will hopefully be a smooth transition for these orders.

I have already shipped my freight to the Freeman Advance Warehouse. How can I get this freight returned?

We are working with Freeman to establish processes regarding handling exhibitor freight. We will share these details with you as soon as they become available.

IoT World Health & Safety Rules


Please take note of additional Health & Safety rules and advice at IoT World 2020 which include:

Update 3.10 We are aware of the County of Santa Clara ban of 1,000+ events until April 01.

On March 09, The County of Santa Clara issued an order to cancel gatherings over 1,000 attendees up until April 01, 2020, due to the increasing rates of COVID-19.

We are in talks with the San Jose Convention Center and plan on updating you very shortly on next steps for IoT World 2020.

Update 3.6

We are aware of the updated information from County of Santa Clara’s Public Health Department overnight. 

We are rapidly investigating and will communicate any updates as soon as possible.

We will be in touch soon. Thank you for your patience.

Update 3.4 IoT World is proceeding as planned 6-9 April, San Jose

Our team are working around the clock to deliver a safe and successful show and are following developments around the Novel Coronavirus closely in co-operation with Team San Jose, along with guidance from the Department of Public Health, World Health Organization (WHO) and Center for Disease Control (CDC) as we take the health and safety of our customers, and colleagues, very seriously.

Please take note of additional Health & Safety rules and advice at IoT World 2020 which include:

We Recommend No Handshakes please - Stick with smiles and waves, but its up to you 

No Sniffles - Stay at home if sick, fever or sniffles

Wash. Wash. Wash - Wash your hands often and for 20 seconds. Use provided hand sanitizer at every opportunity. Bring extra hand sanitizer just in case.


IoT World and Team San Jose will be deploying additional measures to ensure a healthy and safe show:

• Increased cleaning and disinfection program across all high-volume touch points, e.g. catering areas, surfaces, handrails, WCs, entrances/exits, public touchscreens, etc. along with the use of correct cleaning/sanitizing materials and products

• Increased onsite medical support

• Awareness campaign via online and onsite info-share and signage

• Availability of sanitizing and disinfection materials for public use

• Awareness and training to all staff on standard personal preventative measures, e.g. personal hygiene, frequency of use of sanitizing/disinfection products, etc.

• Advice to exhibitors on implementing effective cleaning and disinfection of stands, offices along with guidance on personal hygiene measures and common preventive behavior.

• Installing new signage onsite reminding attendees of hygiene recommendations

• Implementing a mic change protocol in production for speakers


We also encourage all attendees and exhibitors to follow these best practices for everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of illness:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

• If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

• Stay in your hotel or at home when you are sick.

• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.


Audience FAQs

  • All our 16 Chinese based exhibitors will not be attending due to strict U.S. travel and safety restrictions implemented on February 2, 2020
  • 93% of our registered attendees are currently from North America, of which 87% are from California.
  • We have 0 attendees registered from a Nations listed Level 3 or above by the CDC and we are kindly asking any attendee who has traveled to any Level 3 or above country in the past 14 days, not to attend the show.
  • Our audience development has remained consistent. As of this week, we are continuing to welcome new exhibitors and attendees to the show.

On behalf our IoT World team and Informa Tech, I’d would like to reiterate our deep care and passion for the IoT community and thank all for the support and collaboration in delivering a great event in April.  

Update 2.28

The IoT World team is following developments around the Novel Coronavirus closely as we take the health and safety of our customers very seriously. Following guidance from the Department of Public Health, WHO and CDC, which has seen us put in place enhanced on-site measures, we are currently confident that the event will follow in the footsteps of other large and successful international events taking place across the Bay Area.


We encourage all attendees and exhibitors to follow these best practices for everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of illness:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

• If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

• Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

• Stay in your hotel or at home when you are sick.

• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.


We are in close contact with Team San Jose to plan extra precautions including the installation of extra sanitizer stations throughout the venue. Along with extra cleaning measures, IoT World will be providing badges for those wishing not to shake hands during the event.


As always, we thank the IoT community for their support and look forward to delivering a great event for the seventh year

Update 2.26

IoT World is planned to take place as scheduled in San Jose. We are actively monitoring the coronavirus outbreak and are complying with the guidelines set by the local government, the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Travel Restrictions

Be advised if you are traveling from China to the US, travel restrictions are in place. It is not known how long they will remain in place. Check with your country’s officials for travel information and ability to enter the US.


Additional Onsite Health & Safety

Statement from San Jose Convention Center:

Team San Jose is actively monitoring updates on the Coronavirus. We are following all CDC issued guidelines here: www.cdc.gov/nCoV

Beyond the recommended guidelines, we will have in place additional hand sanitizer stations in our facility. The units will be distributed throughout the convention center. The CDC encourages all visitors follow standard flu season protocol. All health and safety internal precautions within our scope have been taken into account to ensure a minimally-intrusive and overall positive experience for clients and attendees.