Little over two weeks from its scheduled start, 3DExperience World 2022 has decided to close its doors to in-person attendees at its Atlanta, Georgia venue, shifting to a fully virtual event from 7 – 9 February.
“After careful consideration,” reads a statement from the organisers, “we have decided to shift 3DExperience World 2022 to a completely virtual event.
“We have, for months, continuously monitored the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic to ensure we could safely host World. After monitoring the data, and reviewing the safety protocols, we do not believe that we can both keep our attendees safe, and provide them with the experience our users and partners expect from the event.”
The virtual 3DExperience World 2022 will now be an online only free event, featuring keynote presentations from astrophysicist Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi, a former space science education lead for NASA; Marc Lairet, a CAD and technical manager from giant street theatre production company Compagnie La Machine, which tours the world with its huge marionettes; as well as a list of executives and insiders from Dassault Systèmes and Solidworks.
The Dassault Systèmes user event is a huge draw each year for users of its software suite and its global community, many of who travel from as far afield as Europe, Asia and at least one chap from Australia.
Since its rebranding from Solidworks World in 2020 the event has had the misfortune of running into the global pandemic for most of its existence.
Organisers are keen to remind everyone that its inspiring content line-up will continue online, featuring “experienced speakers, and the best sessions we planned for the in-person event, and more”.
For those having to rearrange or cancel travel, there’s at least good new for anyone that used the official 3DExperience World 2022 ‘room block reservations website, with reservations automatically cancelled. However, for anyone that made bookings elsewhere, then gaining refunds will be up to them – best of luck.