I thank all the companies who booked their trust in us for this hybrid DVN Workshop— the 13 sponsors for their sturdy investment in exhibition booths; the 35 speakers who prepared their lectures without being sure of the attendance and did extra work to make their presentations compatible with the dual live/online channels of the Workshop, the 240 attendees from 80 companies who arranged travel to Shanghai in today’s difficult conditions, and the over 100 attendees from China, Japan, Australia, Koreawho who attended online in real time . Thank you so much for believing in DVN!
I also must apologise to those who weren’t able to get a seat for the in-person Shanghai event. Because of Covid, we had to cap and close the registrations on 15 April. Nevertheless, everyone who wanted to could join in online, and the lectures and discussions are still available at your convenience from April 22nd until the end of the month.
To be honest, we weren’t sure about this hybrid congress. We hesitated: why take on the extra work and logistical complications of a hybrid event rather than just taking the easier route with an online-only Workshop? Simple: the goal was to bolster the Chinese lighting community, and for that there was just no substitute for a face-to-face event.
So, was the extra effort worthwhile?
Initial feedback, just hours after the end of the event, suggests a loud yes! Chinese in-person participation in DVN is thriving. All attendees are now sharing a social cocktail and Dinner. Lighting companies in China are eager to build and bolster the DVN community and show their capabilities and innovations to the lighting world at large; it’s a win-win relationship all around. As to the content of the workshop: wow! These were high-level lectures from automakers, lighting suppliers, and Chinese and international regulators. There was vibrant discussion and exchange of news, views, and ideas. It was everything the community has come to expect of a DVN Workshop—and a little bit more.
Next week, we’ll bring you summary digests of the lectures, the Q&A discussions, and the expo booths. Meanwhile, I would like to circle back about the ADB report we released two weeks ago in English and this week in Chinese. It’s a terrific go-to document for when you have a question about ADB technolgy, technique, suppliers, safety effects, or regulations. It’s also a geat tool for teaching and training. Get your copy today!