WEFTEC 2020 Moves to Virtual Event

(UC) — The Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) annual event WEFTEC has been moved to a completely virtual event for 2020 due to coronavirus pandemic. 

The original event scheduled for October, WEFTEC 2020, has been renamed WEFTEC Connect and plans to offer attendees interactive education, an exhibitor showcase, and networking experiences. 

Registration for WEFTEC Connect will open on July 13 with programming scheduled for October 5 through 9.

"While we will miss seeing water professionals in person in New Orleans this October, WEF is extremely excited to create a digital place for us to gather and to continue our tradition of delivering premier water education and exhibitions to the world," said WEF President Jackie Jarrell.

WEFTEC Connect will be a unique virtual event that uses the latest online learning platform to create an immersive experience for attendees. It is being carefully shaped to be responsive to feedback gathered from water professionals on preferred education and participation options. 

WEFTEC Connect will include:

  • A blend of live and pre-recorded technical content
  • Data-driven connections between participants
  • 1:1 appointment scheduling with exhibitors
  • Live chats between individuals or groups
  • Virtual meeting rooms for networking and product demonstrations
  • Access to educational content and the exhibitor showcase for a full year

WEFTEC Connect will enable water professionals from around the world to learn and share with peers no matter their location and provide hundreds of hours of live and recorded content that may be used to fulfill educational requirements related to licensing.

In a statement, WEF said, “The cancellation of the October meeting in New Orleans was necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic that has made it inadvisable to hold the traditional WEFTEC in-person meeting. Currently existing governmental orders at both the state and local level restricting the congregation of groups and other social distancing regulations, together with travel restrictions that will prevent a large number of our attendees from attending this meeting, have forced us to make this difficult decision. We do look forward to having WEFTEC return to New Orleans in 2022.”

Learn more at www.weftec.org.

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