Dates announced for Dscoop Edge Fusion

18 August 2020

Dscoop Edge Fusion, a global conference for education, business growth, technical training, industry trends, and collaborative networking, has been scheduled for May 16-18, 2021. The largest community of HP Graphic Arts users in the world will come together – both online and in person

The in-person event will take place in St. Louis, MO, USA.

In March, Dscoop Edge Orlando 2020 was postponed due to COVID-19 and to protect the safety of attendees. The rescheduled event, Edge Fusion, will be a blend of in-person and online activities for a global “hybrid” experience. Keith Wilmot, Dscoop CEO, explains, "With the world still uncertain in many ways, we are preparing a valuable experience for a variety of scenarios.” 

Whichever scenario attendees choose, Edge Fusion will deliver engaging, relevant, and forward-thinking content. The entire event experience – including education tracks, business growth, keynote speakers, networking activities, training workshops, and partner solutions sessions -- is designed for all Dscoop members, from The Americas (AMS), Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA) and Asia-Pacific/Japan (APJ) and will accommodate all time zones.

If attendees choose a face-to-face experience (much like past Dscoop Edge events) in St. Louis at the America's Center convention center, there will be hotel accommodations at the Marriott St. Louis Grand hotel right across the street, and the Courtyard St. Louis Downtown hotel, just one block away. If attendees prefer to stay closer to home, can’t make those travel dates or travel is restricted, Edge Fusion will offer virtual and blended options using excellent new meeting technology, interactivity, live streaming, and recorded sessions. 

In every scenario, Dscoop will take its lead from global health regulations to protect the safety of its community and adjust plans for Edge Fusion as necessary. 

“We know there’s no experience like a face-to-face Dscoop Edge experience. There’s also no doubt about the value of on-demand education and the focused approach of virtual training, demos and workshops,” says Wilmot. “Edge Fusion won’t be an ‘either/or.’ It will be a ‘Yes, and.’ Expect an amazing experience for every role in your company, for printers and partners alike, regardless of how or where you decide to join us.” 

Expanded event hours will accommodate different time zones, so attendees from the Americas, EMEA and APJ will be able to connect globally with their like-minded peers, partners, speakers and session presenters.

“It has been an unprecedented time for our customers ... you have faced challenges, persevered, and in many cases, created incredible innovation and collaboration,” says Haim Levit, general manager for HP Indigo, as HP is a premier partner of Dscoop. “We want to make sure we’re doing everything we can to help Dscoop members regain business, create continuity and growth, and get the insights, training and awareness they need to move forward – no matter what the new normal brings.” 

The safety of Dscoop’s members, partners, staff, and speakers continues to be a top priority. The organization will take its lead from global health regulations and will adapt and adjust plans for Edge Fusion as necessary. The schedule, activities and technology will work in concert, allowing Dscoop to shift quickly if needed.
“The unique thing about being part of Dscoop is that I have never felt alone,” says Jay Dollries, owner, Innovative Labeling Solutions, and Dscoop’s Global Board chairman. “We've always been in this together, helping each other through the years however we can. I think we could all use a lot of ‘Edge,’ inspiratio and connection, to learn from each other and rise up together. I’m looking forward to that, in whatever form it takes.”