Dublin BIC has taken the decision to reschedule FutureScope 2020, which was due to take place on 1st April at the Convention Centre Dublin, over coronavirus fears.
FutureScope, Ireland’s leading business innovation event, has announced that April’s event has been postponed due to coronavirus fears.
Dublin BIC took the decision to reschedule the event, which was due to take place on 1st April at the Convention Centre Dublin, and while no rescheduled date has been confirmed, it is expected that FutureScope will now take place in quarter four subject to macro environment developments.
The damaging effects of the coronavirus outbreak have hit almost every aspect of daily life as ten more Irish cases were confirmed yesterday, taking the total to 35 confirmed cases in the Republic of Ireland.
A number of events have been cancelled as a result of the virus with all St Patrick’s Day parades across the country scrapped, Ireland’s Six Nations game with Italy postponed, and Trinity College have moved all lectures online for the rest of the semester following a confirmed case on campus.
“Our decision was taken in the context of Government guidance that the pattern of Covid-19 in Ireland will likely mirror that of mainland Europe where mass gatherings are beginning to be curtailed”
FutureScope explores the implications of emerging technologies and how they will shape the business opportunities of the future, featuring keynotes and multiple panel discussions exploring the challenges and opportunities arising from IoT, smart cities, robotics, 5G, data analytics, VR/AR, artificial intelligence and more.
“Our decision was taken in the context of Government guidance that the pattern of Covid-19 in Ireland will likely mirror that of mainland Europe where mass gatherings are beginning to be curtailed,” said Michael Culligan, CEO of Dublin BIC.
“Monitoring the trends and the growing crisis over the past week led us to determine that rescheduling is the responsible decision, and in this regard, we considered it important to provide clarity for all our stakeholders at an early stage.
“We are of course disappointed. Each year FutureScope, developed with the help of our people to become Ireland’s number one Innovation event, goes from strength to strength. Our role at Dublin BIC is to empower entrepreneurs to start and scale internationally trading businesses, and FutureScope has become a key pillar in delivering on this mission,” he added.
Around 80 per cent of cases of Covid-19 will be a mild to moderate illness, close to 14 per cent have severe disease and around 6 per cent are critical.
The latest figures show that more than 66,500 people have recovered from Covid-19.
By Stephen Larkin
Published: 11 March, 2020