Many of 2020’s technology events have been relegated to virtual gatherings or cancelled outright due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but IFA will still be an in-person expo — albeit with very tight restrictions. Organizers have received the go-ahead to hold IFA 2020 between September 3rd and September 5th, but it will be an invitation-only affair with four separate events, each limited to 1,000 people per day. There will also be just a handful of stages to minimize the number of production staff while preserving the “highest hygiene standards.”
The headliner will be the Global Press Conference, which was originally slated for April and will now serve more as a showcase for the latest products. Qualcomm’s President will deliver the opening keynote. IFA Next and Shift Mobility have been merged into one event focused on startups and “connected mobility” companies to help them get coverage and industry networking. Global Markets will help the supply chain connect, while Business, Retail & Meeting Lounges will let companies hook up with retailers.