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Updated: January 6, 2021
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – January 6, 2021 – The WWETT Show announced today plans for a virtual marketplace, WWETT+, to complement its annual physical event. The virtual experience will take place February 23-25, and the in-person event, originally scheduled for May will now take place June 29 – July 2, 2021 at the Indiana Convention Center.
In addition to introducing a virtual event in 2021, the WWETT Show team also welcomes Kristen McKercher as the brand’s new Director.
Kristen joins the WWETT Show with over 15 years of experience in the business-to-business events arena, having successfully led multiple brands
within the Infrastructure & Construction portfolio throughout her tenure with WWETT parent company, Informa Markets.
“I am thrilled to take on this new role, during such a transformative period for the industry, and we are collectively thrilled to
connect wastewater professionals through multiple channels,” said McKercher, Group Director for the WWETT Show at Informa Markets. “WWETT+ will allow us to deliver on the industry’s immediate needs in a meaningful way until we connect in-person in June.”
Launched in March 2020 in response to initial concerns surrounding COVID-19, WWETT+ provided government resources, industry specific
information and, through partnership with WasteWater Education, on demand classes. Under McKercher’s leadership, WWETT+ is expanding to an include a product showcase, including the latest equipment and technology for the wastewater industry, technical workshops, and a full education line-up. The technology behind the WWETT+ event enables face-to-face meetings online between wastewater and environmental professionals, equipment manufacturers, and product representatives.
Held over the original dates of the show, WWETT+ will continue to showcase why together, as a community, #weareessential. Now more than ever, the WWETT Show is dedicated to being the premier platform for municipalities, plumbers, portable sanitation professionals, septic contractors, sewer contractors and wastewater professionals. In an effort to provide new ways for our communities to connect and grow, WWETT is introducing new opportunities to ensure all wastewater and environment services industry professionals have the maximum opportunity for product distribution, sourcing, networking, and learning. Launching in February, WWETT+ will give wastewater professionals the opportunity to connect and preview products while enjoying creative, immersive online experiences.
In June 2021, the WWETT show will return to the showfloor, offering buyers the opportunity to be face-to-face with business associates and industry friends. The WWETT Show will also adapt Informa AllSecure for the in-person event, which is Informa’s approach to ensuring the highest standards of safety, hygiene, cleanliness, and quality for operating events. In addition to AllSecure, the show will follow all local government guidelines, as well as the Indiana Convention Center guidelines.
Registration for WWETT+, the virtual event, will open in January. Registration for the WWETT Show’s annual in-person event will open
Spring of 2021. Manufacturers interested in participating in either may contact Sue Pino at [email protected].
Since March 17, all of the Indiana Convention Center's one million square feet have been sealed off. During this time, the Center invested over $7 million in health and safety enhancements including hospital-grade filtration systems, contactless faucets and toilets, increased hand sanitizer stations, Plexiglas shields at information desks and food and beverage stations, and more.
We encourage any questions that will make you more comfortable in attending The WWETT Show 2021. Below are some common questions we're currently receiving regarding the introduction of Informa AllSecure.
You can expect to see that health and safety is a priority and that a range of measures are in place to ensure everyone involved is able to enjoy a safe, hygienic, productive and high-quality organised event experience.
As a starting point, Informa AllSecure events will be run according to the guidance of government or official authority guidance, and according to any venue-specific regulations. In addition, all Informa AllSecure events follow ten key commitments around hygiene, physical distancing and protection & detection, with additional measures in place where relevant and practical.
Informa AllSecure is the approach we are taking to enhancing the health and safety standards in place at Informa events following COVID-19.
From exhibitors to sponsors, speakers, visitors and journalists, those who come to our events come to connect, learn, know more and do more business, effectively and safely.
The standards and practices that make up Informa AllSecure are designed to provide confidence that at every Informa event, we are striving to provide the highest standards of safety, hygiene, cleanliness and quality.
Informa AllSecure is based on a set of event industry standards, called All Secure.
The All Secure industry standards were developed collaboratively by a group including industry associations UFI, AEO and SISO, event organisers Informa, Reed Exhibitions and Clarion, a range of event venues, suppliers and with input from health, government and local authorities.
Informa AllSecure is the way these industry-wide All Secure standards are being applied to Informa events.
No environment or space inside or outside of the home can ever be 100% safe.
At controlled event gatherings like Informa events and through Informa AllSecure, we have put in place a comprehensive range of enhanced standards that make the health and safety of everyone who attends a priority.
Through measures such as enhanced deep cleaning before, during and after events, non-contact registration, distancing and crowd management, and the deployment of screening and protective equipment, we are striving to provide the highest standards of safety, hygiene and cleanliness, and to ensure that following COVID-19, our customers, partners and colleagues can connect, learn, know more and do business effectively, safely and with confidence.
We are contacting all participants before the event to let them know what to expect at the event and how to prepare. Upon arrival, signage will be displayed throughout the venue to remind everyone of the enhanced health and safety measures that are in place, and our expectations of all visitors.
We are also using technology to reduce the need for physical contact, for example, non-contact registration, and actively managing visitor flow to ensure physical distancing can be maintained.
We are considering adjusting our floor plan, including, for example directing traffic in a single direction, to allow everyone to maintain physical distancing.
In conference and break-out areas, we are spacing chairs and tables accordingly.
Where queuing/lining up is anticipated, we will display signage to remind everyone to maintain the minimum physical distance.