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 and continues to prioritize the health and safety of all guests by adhering to CDC and local government guidance. Presently, Santa Clara County has made the decision to recommend, but not require, masks for all individuals, both vaccinated and unvaccinated. In following that guidance, we will also recommend, but not require, that all guests wear face masks at DesignCon. Face masks will be available onsite for all guests.

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. We appreciate your patience as we adapt our policies to meet expert guidance and keep our visitors, partners, and staff safe.

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 provide space between seating in conference rooms, as well as in complimentary educational sessions like keynotes and the Chiphead Theater on the expo floor. While social distancing measures are not currently required by the state or venue, for personal comfort, chairs will be set approximately 3 feet apart.
  • Directional signage and floor markers 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.
  • Outdoor spaces will be available for impromptu small group conversations and networking, complimenting available indoor spaces.

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.

  • Masks will be required for those who are unvaccinated, per California regulations. Masks are not required for those who are vaccinated, but encouraged by local authorities while inside the venue.
  • 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.
  • 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 cleaning regimen inside convention center meeting rooms and in hallways.
  • 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 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.
  • On-site reminders and any updated information around Health & Safety will be provided daily.
  • Signage will remind attendees and exhibitors 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. This page was updated on August 2, 2021.