Electromagnetic Field 2020 Cancelled

It’s the news we were all expecting but not looking forward to hearing: this summer’s EMF Camp which was to be held at the end of July in Herefordshire, UK, has been cancelled. This is of course due to the ongoing public health measures surrounding the COVID-19 virus pandemic. With the country on lockdown for the forseeable future, this is a responsible decision for a gathering the size of EMF which hosted around 2,500 attendees in 2018.

Existing ticket holders will be refunded, and will be guaranteed a ticket to the next event in 2022. According to the announcement, EMF is in the red to the tune of at least £25,000 ($29,523) because of non-refundable payments associated with booking the event, something to remember in two years time when faced with the choice of a normal ticket or a supporters ticket.

Work on starting conference badge production has been halted, but development continues apace and will not go to waste as it will form the basis of the 2022 item. This will make them the event badge team with the earliest preparation ever, and from what we saw when we had a brief look at an early prototype last year it should be a badge worth waiting for.

We’re sure all readers will understand the gravity of the situation, and that the EMF team have taken an appropriate response to what is an extraordinary series of events. Organising a hacker camp is a tough job at the best of times, and this must have been particularly hard on them. We thank them for their work on our behalf at previous events and in preparing for this aborted one, and we look forward to the next EMF Camp in 2022.

4 thoughts on “Electromagnetic Field 2020 Cancelled

  1. “Electromagnetic Field 2020 Cancelled”
    The end of the world as we know it. :-p

    But since it’s not even April isn’t it a bit soon to be cancelling something three months away?

    1. Well, 3 months seems far. But I guess we’ll be stuck in our homes phyiscally distancing ourselves from each other for some more months.
      Cancelling now is probably cheaper than cancelling in June or so, when all this madness gets extended…
      Maybe this is the reason?

    2. Not really, there’s a lot more than just hiring a venue for this type of event, and the closer to the event you cancel the more chance of losing deposits or having to pay cancellation fees. So waiting any longer is a gamble between hoping things will improve enough in the 3 months for the event to take place, or risk making an even bigger loss.

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