Since the international situation on COVID-19 started in late January, the International Test and Evaluation Association (ITEA) has been guided by government and health authority advice, as well the views of the test community that we serve, in making decisions about our upcoming Workshops.
Our Commitment to serve and support our communities has led to the postponement/rescheduling of both the 7th Cybersecurity Workshop: Solutions to Cybersecurity T&E Challenges, hosted by the ITEA Emerald Coast Chapter, which was scheduled for March 31 – April 2 at The Island by HOTEL RL in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, and the 24th Test and Training Instrumentation Workshop: Innovating for Tomorrow’s Challenges, hosted by the ITEA Southern Nevada and Antelope Valley Chapters, which was scheduled for May 12-15 at The Tuscany Suites and Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, will be held later in the year. Please note that the 37th International Test and Evaluation Symposium: Enabling Acquisition and Capability Development is not affected, and will be held as scheduled September 15-18 at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive in Orlando, Florida.
Over the last 48 hours, we have worked with the testing community and the hosting Chapters to ensure that we will be able to conduct Workshops that deliver great educational content, excellent peer networking opportunities, and personal growth and professional development. The consensus is that our community wants these Workshops to go on, but not right now.
ITEA will be working with those individuals who have already registered for these Workshops, as well as the exhibitors and sponsors, on options for the fees that have already been paid to support the events.
“As with all our events, ITEA follows official guidance from the federal government, and listens to the voices of the test community that we serve and support. Today, it is clear the majority of those voices are saying they want these ITEA Workshops, but not at this time. So, with that guidance, we are postponing these events until later in 2020. We will be working closely with all our Chapters and partners across the industry to identify a new date for these Workshops later in the year, and providing the service and support to deliver the connections and experience everyone expects from ITEA and our Workshops.” – Pete Crump, ITEA President, Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI)