In the fall of 2019 we started preparations for Cluj Innovation Days 2020. As with the previous editions, first step was to decide upon the main topics we would like to address next year in our annual conference. We started with a short rationale and discussion in our Board of Directors (11 people from the industry and academia) to conclude by October 2019 that we should build our event on two main topics that we considered crucial for our communities: Future of Work and Resilience. Next decision was to set the dates: 21-23 May 2020.
Then we started preparations: engaging with potential speakers, identifying partners, signing agreements and precontracts with suppliers of various services – the whole package for an event which usually brings together 300 participants over the two or three days of the conference. By mid March 2020 we knew that our initial plans and efforts were not in line with the new reality.
The outbreak of COVID-19 determined us to first, postpone the event, and second, to move it entirely online. In the same time, made us realize that what we proposed as main topics before the pandemic is even more relevant in the new context.