It is a hard decision to make. But with the help from the FBTB community we have concluded that an online version of FBTB isn’t the best alternative under these extreme circumstances. Instead, we'll push the conference to May 7th, 2021. It'll be the same speakers, the same venue, the same tickets, just another date.
The facts are, as you know, that we can’t have a physical event on the 8th of May. The peak of the number of infected people is expected to be in the month of May in Sweden and in June for the US (where 9 of our speakers live).
So, we sent out a survey to those with tickets, we listened to our partners, we listened to the authorities, we researched, we had long discussions. And, in conclusion the best alternative was to push the conference to 2021. Postpone to a later date when we will be able to all meet, and make something really good out of the lineup, the theme, and the expectations.
A whopping 87 percent in our survey thought that moving the conference to a later date was the way to go.
"There are a lot of online seminars. FBTB is a unique possibility to meet.”
"The value is to meet other people, make contacts, and listen to inspiring talks that I can reflect upon with others."
"The magic that gives me energy and happiness at FBTB each year originate in the physical meet up with all participants."
Of course, we have been in close dialogue with our speakers. And they have been understanding and very helpful. Offered different kinds of solutions, inline, offline, travel banned, you name it. And they also support us in the decision to postpone the conference. They assure you that next spring, they will give you all they’ve got.
We are now working on all the details: the speakers, the facilities, the staff, our selves... So that all of this will be ready for 2021 instead. We’ll keep you up to date every step of the way, just stay tuned.
We would also like to thank you for your patience and understanding. Your heartwarming support and feedback really mean the world to us. We will need it also for the work that lies ahead. So, thank you.
It’s possible to buy tickets to the conference 2021 – same lineup, same place, new date. If you already bought a ticket: Sit back, relax and we'll see you in May 2021. :)
Do you have any questions? Please contact Project Manager Jane Murray!