It’s been a challenging year for conferences and live events as one by one, plans big and small have fallen victim to the coronavirus and its ripple effects on critical components like airline schedules. One that has remained on the calendar has been Podcast Movement, which is set to hold podcasting’s largest conference in Dallas. But organizers now concede their August dates are no longer feasible and have moved the show to October 19-22.
“We feel that August is too soon to hold the event safely. Even if cities and states were open for events by then, which is far from certain, we would not feel comfortable asking our speakers, sponsors, or attendees to travel to us until later,” Podcast Movement said in the announcement. “The October dates give us an additional two months to monitor the containment and confirm that we can safely host the event. If, as the new date approaches, we feel as if we cannot do this, we will cancel the conference before putting anyone in harm’s way.”
The team behind Podcast Movement says they remain reluctant to cancel at this point based on feedback they have received from the industry. After six years of an increasingly larger conference, they said the industry consensus is that Podcast Movement is more than a series of educational and training sessions — it’s also an event that helps podcasting move forward more broadly. “We feel like we owe it to those who’ve put their faith in us those 6+ years to give it our best shot at continuing the movement,” they said.
For anyone who has already registered for the conference, Podcast Movement is allowing them to either transfer their registration to the October dates or convert their in-person pass to a virtual pass that promises an expanded lineup of live-streamed sessions. It also offers the option of using the registration for next year’s event, which is currently scheduled for next August 3-6, 2021. Any hotel rooms booked through Podcast Movement are being automatically cancelled, it said, meaning anyone planning to attend the new October conference will need to rebook their rooms.