The ASU GSV summit, which has emerged as a huge hub for education businesses and others across the sector, will be postponed until the fall in response to the coronavirus epidemic.
In a message sent Tuesday to sponsors of the event, conference officials said they will move the summit from March 30-April 1 to Sept. 29-Oct.1, in the same location, San Diego.
Moving the dates is “the best option to protect our community and to have a truly productive convening,” wrote Deborah Quazzo and Michael Moe, organizers of the event.
By late September, “we assume that the coronavirus will have abated,” they said. They said more details will follow.
Several major education gatherings across the country have been called off over the past few weeks in the wake of the spread of the coronavirus, which has taxed public health agencies led many businesses to restrict employees’ travel.
Many public officials have raised warnings about the dangers of the virus spreading at large-scale public gatherings. (See a full list of those conference cancellations here.)
Just last week, the organizers of the SXSWedu conference, and the parent media-film-music event attached to it, announced that their events were being cancelled, just days before the education portion was scheduled to begin.
While the overall impact on the education business community of the coronavirus remains uncertain, many vendors are preparing to adjust their strategies in delivering products to schools. See EdWeek Market Brief’s story exploring the uncertainties companies are facing.