David Horrigan, Relativity: The Best of Relativity Fest 2020: Our Favorite Commentary


Extract from David Horrigan’s article “The Best of Relativity Fest 2020: Our Favorite Commentary”

Relativity got a new user interface this year—and so did Relativity Fest. With its philosophy of “simply powerful,” the new Aero UI is changing the face of Relativity, and the face of Fest has changed, too.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life for just about everyone, and many of us missed gathering in Chicago with friends and colleagues from around the world for a traditional Relativity Fest.

However, there’s a silver lining to every cloud.

Inclusion, diversity, and belonging were central themes of Relativity Fest 2020. We were grateful that, paradoxically, the pandemic set the stage to make Fest 2020 more inclusive than ever.

We had to make Fest virtual, and we decided to make it free for this year as well. As a result, more than 7,000 members of our community registered to attend Relativity Fest 2020 at last count—and they can still access the programming. (You can, too, by emailing [email protected] if you hadn’t self-registered before the conference ended.)

So, despite the limitations of this year, there was a notable bright side: Many people have been able experience Relativity Fest for the first time this week.

That is truly the best of Fest.

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