Welcome to the second year of virtual Antec, once again coming to you from basement offices, spare bedrooms and dining room tables converted to desks.
The 2020 Antec was one of the first events in the U.S. to take a big hit by the pandemic, and the Society of Plastics Engineers successfully converted a live event in San Antonio to a virtual one within a little more than two weeks. The result was a massive success in terms of content — I have no idea how the financial story was within SPE — with more than 93 hours of presentations, keynotes and panel discussions made widely available. More than 3,000 people were able to attend this new version of Antec.
For 2021, SPE had more time to plan, obviously, and build on lessons from a year's worth of virtual events. While attending a gathering like Antec remotely misses out on the social aspect of in-person networking, there are lessons from the extensive reach of a virtual event that I expect will be applied in the future. So while Antec 2022 may finally resume as a live event, don't be surprised if it also retains a virtual touch for those who can't attend.