With everything going on I am sure some of you were wondering if Shift Dev was going to happen in (the really, really odd year of) 2020, and the short answer is YES. Shift Dev will take place on September 14 & 15 in Split, Croatia this year.
The long answer, and to elaborate a bit is a bit more complex, but please give us a minute to explain everything, and to put your mind at rest about the safety of coming to Shift Dev 2020. The following is a detailed description of the precautions we are taking and the changes that are in store for you at Shift Dev 2020.
Currently in Croatia, open-air events are allowed and taking place every day, from concerts to operas to open are movie theaters - open-air events are the first step in enabling a safe conference and that is why we will be organising Shift Dev in the amazing Sustipan Park. Sustipan is a beautiful park, a genuine little green oasis in the immediate vicinity of Marjan and the city, from its reefs that meet the sea a breathtaking view spreads directly towards the deep sea and the islands in front of Split.
One note, since it’s open-air and still summer the event will take place in the afternoon and on till the evening.
All attendees will be thermal tested before entrance, in an effort to maximise the safety of all attendees.
Every attendee will be given a complimentary face mask that they can wear during the event. Even though wearing a mask in the outdoors is not necessary or mandatory, we wish to clearly enable and state that all that wish to wear a mask are encouraged to do so.
As per health guidelines the stage will be 4 meters away from the audience, and all audience seating will be arranged with a 1,5m distance. Also, we will only have 300 seats available, limiting the total amount of people in the audience.
This of course will make the for a less dense crowd - but safety first!
To keep hands sanitized, we will be giving out hand sanitizers to all participants along with facemasks, but just in case there will be hand sanitizing stations all over the event. The stations will provide both hand sanitizers and disinfectant wipes. The wipes will be used by staff to sanitize and touchable surface, but will also be made available for attendees if they feel something should be additionally wiped.
In this day and age it is very important to keep your hands sanitized, and also we don’t want to create lines in the bathrooms just for hand sanitation :)
Badge pickup is where there are often a lot of people standing together and waiting - which of course we all want to avoid. To address this we will enable badge pickup all day on Sunday (the day before) and all morning the day of the conference. In this manner there will be no crowded queues at the start of the conference - just a fast track to scan and enter.
We will be having some amazing burgers for lunch (or should I say dinner), and epic cocktails during the “coffee breaks”, but we still must watch out for safety. So we will use floor markings showing a 1,5m distance, to maintain physical distance between attendees. Hand hygiene stations will be available at the beginning and end of the line. All food will be served by masked and gloved servers.
Lastly, Shift Dev is going Hybrid! We know that not all can come to our in person Shift Dev, so due to travel restrictions and others due to the limited amount of tickets, we are introducing something completely new, a hybrid Shift Dev Conference experience. What a Hybrid conference means is that it will be both In-person and Virtual at the same time!
Virtual attendees will be able to see the event via our stream and also interact with all attendees via our Event app. There are also specific perks of the Virtual attendee which inkling exclusive "Ask me Anything" sessions with our key speakers. Definitely a brand new experience :)
All serving staff will be wearing protective gloves and masks throughout the entire time of the conference.
Check-in Kiosks to lower as much unneeded interaction as possible we will have Self-Service Check-in Kiosks, as an attendee all you have to do is walk up, type in your name and your badge will be printed - it's as easy as that!
There are a lot of people here and a lot of surfaces, so to keep things as hygienic as possible there will be disinfectant wipes on all surfaces available for you to use. Our cleaning team will also be there, but in case you feel that a surface should be additional clean you are more than welcome to do so.
We have multiple speakers, and as they will be sharing microphones and such, we will disinfect each after usage. Making sure the next speakers as a fully disinfected equipment.
So get your tickets now, while there still are some; Student , Standard or Virtual.
See you in September!