August 16-18, 2021

San Jose McEnery Convention Center San Jose, CA

COVID-19 Information

Updated: January 15, 2021

As we continue to plan for a productive and safe in-person event at the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR accredited San Jose McEnery Convention Center, we are proactively rescheduling DesignCon to August 16-18, 2021, previously slated for April.

The move to August 2021 allows for DesignCon to allocate additional space at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, now taking the full venue for its ever-growing technical conference and allowing for even more professionals to learn from the experts who present each year.

August also continues to provide ample space on the DesignCon expo floor, allowing for increased exhibiting space, extra seating in Chiphead Theater, the addition of a Career Zone, and more.

The health and safety of the community that gathers at DesignCon is our top priority, and we will continue to diligently monitor the situation and provide updates to all of you as needed in line with health and government guidelines. Please continue to check back on this page for more information regarding the efforts we are taking to keep the community safe during DesignCon 2021.


Updated: August 18

DesignCon will be organized in accordance with Informa's AllSecure health and safety standard. As the world's leading events' organizer, Informa has developed a detailed set of enhanced measures to provide the highest levels of hygiene and safety at its events, providing everyone with reassurance and confidence they are participating in a safe and controlled environment.

Placing your safety at the heart of our events

When you join our event, you can expect to see that health and safety is a priority, and that a range of measures are in place to ensure everyone involved is able to enjoy a safe, hygienic, productive, and high-quality organized event experience. All Informa events will be run according to official government and local authority guidance in the first instance, as well as any venue or location-specific regulations. In addition, all Informa events will follow the ten Informa AllSecure priority commitments.


Updated: May 11

As our communities move forward amid the developments of COVID-19, the events, travel, and hospitality industries are mobilizing around enhanced safety regarding outbreak prevention, response, and recovery. We are working diligently with our venues to adhere to health and government guidelines that ensure our organized gatherings continue to be as safe as possible.

We’re proud to be taking an important step forward in demonstrating compliance with health and government operating procedures as the economy reopens. Please refer to our website over the coming weeks for detailed plans.


Updated: April 29

Understanding the CARES Act

We at the DesignCon event understand the federal shutdown of non-essential operations currently in place to combat the spread of COVID-19 has many businesses experiencing economic stress. To support our community and simplify the process of securing financial support, we’ve developed a CARES Act FAQ that breaks down the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), and provisions of the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act stimulus that lawmakers approved in March 2020.

The initial $360 billion allocated for small businesses was depleted in a matter of weeks, helping more than 1.6 million businesses remain in operation. On April 23, 2020, the House of Representatives approved a bill to replenish the program with $484 billion—$310 billion of which is apportioned to support small businesses, broken down between two types of loans, PPP, and EIDL.

We are dedicated to supporting our community throughout this challenging time. Please refer to the FAQ for the most up to date information pertaining to COVID-19 and economic relief.

Please note, we do not claim to be experts on the CARES Act; the FAQ was developed to the best of our ability with the resources available. We at the DesignCon event strongly urge all businesses and individuals interested in securing a loan as a part of the Paycheck Protection Plan (PPP) to consult our “Resource Center” found at the bottom of the FAQ to fully understand how a loan, if eligible, would impact your unique business.


Updated: April 1

Informa, the organizer of this event, is closely monitoring developments of COVID-19 and its effects. The health and safety of our customers, colleagues, and partners are always our top priority. As such, we're following all safety advice and precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Please be assured that we are staying up to date on official guidance from governments and international authorities. We are proceeding as planned to hold a safe and successful event January 26–28, 2021 in Santa Clara, CA. However, if plans change for any reason, we will inform our attendees, exhibitors, and partners, as well as update this section of the website.