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HOW Design Live Postponed Until Later in 2020

The health and safety of each and every member of our community and our staff is of the utmost importance to us. After closely monitoring the risk and impact of COVID-19 on a daily basis, and speaking at length with members of our community, HOW Design Live, which had been scheduled for May 4-7, 2020, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA, has been postponed to a later date in 2020. The HOW Design team is diligently working on securing new 2020 dates and location. Updated information is expected soon.

The recent developments regarding COVID-19, including, but not limited to, the National Emergency recently announced by President Trump, the State of Emergency recently announced by Governor Charlie Baker, the latest measures introduced by President Trump, including travel restrictions placed on foreign nationals traveling to the United States from certain EU member states and other places, the declaration by the WHO of COVID-19 as a pandemic, the accelerating pace of confirmed cases worldwide and domestically, the current quarantines, containment areas, and restrictions on congregating and large gatherings imposed by states and other government authorities, various company-imposed travel restrictions on employees affecting attendees and participating companies, made it impossible to effectively execute a May event that delivers the level of education, connection, and customer value our community expects. Driven by our responsibility to produce a great event and best serve the interests of our HOW community, we made the decision to postpone HOW Design Live 2020 to a later date in 2020.

HOW Design Live’s mission is to provide educational opportunities, networking and opportunities to meet with industry vendors to equip our community to further their design careers and inspire their creativity. This priority is the driving force behind our commitment to produce a 2020 event that meets the needs and expectations of our community.

We are focused on continuing to serve our industry, creating ways to connect and working closely with our community, to provide the necessary support and information to prepare them for a successful 2020 event.

We appreciate your ongoing loyalty to HOW Design Live and thank you in advance for your understanding. The information on our website will be promptly updated and further announcements regarding the 2020 dates and location will be posted in due course.

For all Attendees, Speakers, and Event Partners, we wish to assure you that your registration and participation is unchanged and valid for the 2020 event. 

For all Exhibitors, please know that your HOW Design Live booth space is still reserved for the 2020 event! Our team will be reaching out with a one-page contract addendum requiring acknowledgement of the new event dates once established.  

You can also expect a full FAQ list early next week, which may help address any and all other questions that come with date change logistics. We look forward to welcoming you at the upcoming event! 

If you have questions, please contact our Show Director, Amy Conover, by emailing