DSE 2020 Postponed To Fall

March 12, 2020 by Dave Haynes

Digital Signage Expo has postponed the 2020 version of the show to September, still in Las Vegas.

Dates and venue, I am told, are still to be locked down.

“This was not an easy decision to make, but the escalation of travel bans and Coronavirus cases dictates this action,” Chris Gibbs, the President and COO of show organizer Exponation told me this morning. “We are working with the Las Vegas Convention Center to secure new dates for DSE 2020 and will be making that announcement in the near future.”

This was inevitable. With shows cancelling or postponing all around it, Exponation would have been dealing with no end of public pressure to not hold a large gathering when “social distancing” is being encouraged or mandated.

The trade show was also seeing widespread defections that were likely only going to accelerate for all the reasons covered 24/7 in mainstream and trade media. Had the show stubbornly gone ahead as planned, it likely would have been a ghost of its normal self in terms of both exhibitors and attendees.

Like many or most, I could see this coming and had already put plans in place to shift the traditional 16:9 Mixer. More on that later.


  1. Jim Chase says:

    Thanks Dave for the update! I’ve been checking the DSE website but there’s been no update since 3/5. Hope to see you in the fall!

  2. Jim Chase says:

    Dave, FYI after the prior comment I just received the following reply to my inquiry from 2 days ago.

    “Subject: RE: Update on DSE show given Coronavirus situation?

    Thank you for contacting Digital Signage Expo 2020 Customer Service, we appreciate the opportunity to improve your event experience.

    At this time we have not been provided any updates.

    Any new information will be available via the website, https://www.digitalsignageexpo.net/.

    We’re here to help! To save you time, our website has lots of details to make for a smooth trip. Use our Quick Links below to assist with planning for your upcoming event experience.

    Event information and Schedule Press/MediaHotel and Travel Details  Exhibitor List Visit the FAQ page or Event Website for answers to our most popular assistance requests.


    It’s been my pleasure to assist you, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you require additional support or information. Have a wonderful day!

    Stephanie F.

    Customer Service Representative”

  3. Michelle says:

    This decision should have been made a month ago, but ego got the best of them. Glad to hear they finally pulled the trigger on this, but I can’t help but believe this is the beginning of the end for the DSE. Infocomm will end up being the go-to expo for this industry.

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