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SMTA International Conference and Expo Goes Virtual

Monday, June 22, 2020  
Posted by: Ryan Flaherty
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The Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) today announced that its annual conference and exhibition, SMTA International, will proceed for 2020 as a completely virtual event starting September 28, 2020.

The decision has been made in light of the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the health and safety of all those who attend. After reviewing all possible scenarios through weekly meetings with the board, executive director, and venue management, it became clear that an in-person meeting would not be possible given the specific requirements of the state of Illinois, as well as policies restricting travel at many participating companies.

The new virtual format will allow attendees to easily navigate within a simulated conference center environment. Attendees will have access to all keynotes, the exhibit hall, and virtual networking opportunities to interact and collaborate with other participants for a fully immersive experience.

The exhibition is free to all attendees and will take place live September 28 - September 30. During this time, attendees will be able to roam the virtual show floor, view company products and demo videos, and privately chat with exhibitors. Attendees will have continued access to the exhibit hall until October 23, 2020 without the option for live chat.

Attendees who register for the Technical Conference will have exclusive access to over 100 technical presentations on-demand from September 28 - October 23, 2020 as well as the ability to download all papers in the conference proceedings.

The Women’s Leadership Program will continue their annual gathering, hosting the Connection Reception on the evening of Wednesday, September 30th.  

Further details about SMTA International conference and exhibition are available online at www.smta.org/smtai.

For more information regarding the conference, please contact Karlie Severinson, Events and Administrative Manager, at karlie@smta.org. For inquires about the exhibition, please contact Courtney Kalb and McKenna Hill, Expo Managers, at expos@smta.org.

In 2021, SMTA International will take place November 1-4, 2021, in Minneapolis, MN in conjunction with MD&M Minneapolis.