As the coronavirus pandemic upends planned gatherings globally, smart city conferences have scrambled to stay afloat. Some organizations have canceled events altogether, while others including the Shared-Use Mobility Center, CoMotion and ITS World Congress transitioned to virtual offerings.
CoMotion announced in March it would postpone its CoMotion MIAMI event, and by May 28, the group shared that the event would be held online. But, like most conference organizers, they did not have a contingency plan for such a catastrophic event.
“There was unfortunately no playbook I could look at that said what to do in case of a global pandemic,” Jonah Bliss, CoMotion vice president of new media and marketing, told Smart Cities Dive.