August 16-18, 2021|San Jose McEnery Convention Center| San Jose, CA

Health & Safety

Health & Safety are a top priority at DesignCon, hosted and managed by Informa Markets—Engineering. Informa has collaborated with association partners, peers, venues, suppliers, contractors and health, government, and local authorities to develop industry-wide All Secure standards that raise the bar on safe, hygienic, productive and high-quality organized event experiences.

DesignCon is following the All Secure guidelines, as well as running in accordance with official government and local authority guidance and any venue or location-specific regulations.

Read on to see how DesignCon’s Health & Safety actions aim to create a safe and successful event. As needs around Health & Safety evolve, this page will be updated to reflect current requirements.

Space to Innovate

DesignCon proactively moved to the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR accredited San Jose McEnery Convention Center for its 2021 event, anticipating the need for more space. We decidedly secured the full venue. Doing so allows DesignCon more control over who is in the building, what protocols are enacted, and provides the space to allow our traditional number of attendees to gather, network, and collaborate.

  • Being at this venue for 2021 allows us to socially distance in conference rooms, as well as in complimentary educational sessions like keynotes and the Chiphead Theater on the expo floor.
  • Directional signage, floor markers, entry/exit doors, and hallway management will keep traffic flowing smoothly to avoid congestion or areas that could lead to close contact.
  • Conference and complimentary educational session areas will have increased cleaning protocols and limited capacity. Several popular sessions will be recorded and available post-event for All-Access passholders. Hall and room monitors will keep count to ensure capacity is not exceeded.
  • Outdoor spaces will be available for impromptu small group conversations, networking, and mask breaks when socially distanced.

Clean with Care

Clean efforts will allow DesignCon’s community to connect conscientiously and confidently. Note that any requirements for DesignCon exhibitors, attendees, and speakers will be followed by DesignCon’s management, as well.

  • Mask will be required at all times.
  • Clear counter guards will be integrated at registration and information locations.
  • Regular disinfecting will occur to sanitize all seating, restrooms, and frequently touched public areas.
  • Medical personnel will be onsite and available to help individuals who are feeling unwell.
  • Temperature screenings will be enforced before entering DesignCon each day.
  • Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test will be required for anyone entering the venue from outside the United States.
  • High touch points will be cleaned often throughout the day and between each session in meeting rooms.
  • Electrostatic sprayers will clean the full expo floor before move-in and are part of the standard overnight cleaning regimen inside convention center meeting rooms.
  • Sanitizing wipes will be available in every conference and sponsored session room for speaker use.
  • Audio visual equipment such as microphones, keyboards, and laser pointers will be cleaned between each session.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be readily available throughout the venue.
  • Food & Beverage will be located in specific socially distanced areas that will be cleaned often.
  • Handshakes will be discouraged with other greetings encouraged.

Constant Communications

Through DesignCon’s website, mobile app, email, and on-site signage and announcements, we will be providing needed information to keep you in the know.

  • Leading to the event, DesignCon will share updates on Health & Safety in its email, social media, and website communications.
  • Webinars ahead of the event will offer opportunities for exhibitors and attendees to hear directly from DesignCon’s show management before they arrive on site, explaining the specific Health & Safety precautions being implemented at the event as well as other helpful information about the expo and conference.
  • On-site reminders and any updated information around Health & Safety will be provided daily.
  • Signage will remind attendees and exhibitors of social distancing and hygiene recommendations while at the event.
  • Attendees agree to Health & Safety terms as part of the registration process.
  • DesignCon’s team will personally remind attendees of Health & Safety requirements on-site, as needed.

All of the above measures will be evaluated as DesignCon approaches the event dates to determine if any changes are necessary to meet guidance and regulations. Please check back here before attending the event for the latest Health & Safety measures.